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Experimental Scientist / Engineer - Pressure Standards

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Melbourne
Categories: National Measurement Institute, APS Level 5, APS Level 6

About the team

The National Measurement Institute (NMI), a division of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is Australia's peak measurement body responsible for biological, chemical, legal, physical and trade measurement.

NMI’s Pressure Standards Group maintains Australia’s primary standards of pressure and vacuum, providing Australia’s highest level calibration services that support calibration and testing laboratories and key users across Australia in areas such as advanced manufacturing, defence and aerospace. The team develops, validates and maintains measurement systems for pressure and vacuum standards, delivers calibration services to a wide range of users, provides solutions for measurement challenges involving pressure and vacuum, and transfers its knowledge to the user and metrology community both nationally and internationally.

Our ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic engineer or experimental scientist with strong practical skills and excellent time management and communication skills. They will be a fast learner who actively seeks to acquire new skills and will be unafraid to take responsibility for disassembling complex equipment as part of troubleshooting and problem solving. The candidate will enjoy identifying opportunities for innovative, practical solutions and system improvements while aspiring to be the recognised national expert in this field.

The successful candidate will have:

  • a demonstrated aptitude for engagement with industry and the research community
  • a flair for using the full range of their physics and engineering skills to critically evaluate and validate measurement results using different techniques
  • a demonstrated familiarity with the operating principles and limitations of a range of relevant measurement instrumentation
  • a demonstrated ability to quickly and effectively identify and solve problems with complex apparatus, including demonstrated electronic and mechanical construction skills
  • a demonstrated high-level of oral and written communications skills.

What you will do

Working with the leading researchers in the field in Australia, you will:

  • deliver timely, high-quality calibrations of pressure and vacuum sensors and of similar measurement instruments under an ISO17025 quality system, and at the highest levels of accuracy achievable internationally
  • develop effective relationships with key stakeholders in industry and the research community through industry outreach, research collaborations and consultancies to provide national leadership on emerging trends in pressure metrology
  • use your broad physics and engineering skills to contribute both to the design and development of new standards facilities as well as maintenance and efficiency improvements to existing systems
  • be actively involved in contributing to ongoing research to understand, quantify and reduce measurement uncertainties and validate new experimental techniques, for example, using your thermodynamics knowledge to developing quantitative mathematical models of mechanical and fluid dynamic systems.

In the longer term you will be expected to develop a deep and comprehensive knowledge of the field of pressure and vacuum measurement and of the operation, design and limitations of the latest commercial and research equipment. The position is on a trajectory to the position of Group Leader for NMI’s pressure team, including representing NMI and Australia on national and international technical and standards committees. You will be expected to identify opportunities to integrate the latest technical innovations in quantum and optical standards into the next generation of NMI’s primary standards for pressure and vacuum measurement. 


The successful candidate will have a degree in Mechanical Engineering, or PhD (or equivalent experience) in Experimental Physics, with a strong mathematics, mechanics, thermodynamics and automation component and several years of relevant experience.

To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens or eligible for Australian Citizenship.

Security Clearance

This position requires a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


This recruitment process is being used to fill a current ongoing Science & Technical Level 5 or 6 position. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing Science & Technical Level 5 and 6 vacancies should they become available within 12 months from the date advertised. Non-ongoing opportunities may be offered for an initial period of up to 18 months with the possibility of extension (maximum 3 years). 

How to apply 

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, resume and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.

You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above job description, provide:

  1. an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (limit your response to between 300 and 500 words)
  2. tell us about three (3) professional achievements within the last 5 years that you are proud of (limit your total response to between 300 and 500 words)

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format)

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Dr Mark Ballico via, or on 02 8467 3573.

Learn more about the department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life. Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual. Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that builds respect, fosters inclusiveness, promotes diversity, embraces the unique skills and qualities of all our employees and is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining people with disability. If you require some assistance with your application, or need this in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment Team at or (02) 6276 1235 or refer to our Applying for a position information.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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