Electrical and Electronics Engineer - Experimental Scientist – Standards for Low Frequency Electrical Quantities, APS Level 5 or 6, National Measurement Institute

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term
Location: Sydney
Categories: APS Level 5, APS Level 6, Science, Engineering, Technical

About the National Measurement Institute

We are the Australian Government’s national authority on measurement. We play an important role in the Australian economy by leading, maintaining and regulating Australia’s measurement system. We deliver world-class measurement products, advice and client services and administer the regulatory framework for measurement. Our national measurement standards are recognised internationally and we work to enhance and maintain these standards.

We value the different skills, knowledge and perspectives our employees bring. We’re committed to giving everyone an equal opportunity to participate, contribute and progress. Our values and behaviours centre on being, adaptable, innovative, accountable, strategic, inclusive and influential.

About the team

The Physical Metrology Branch leads the development, maintenance and dissemination of Australia’s peak physical measurement standards. We provide the traceability assurance that measurements made in Australia are accepted internationally. The branch is an active participant in international measurement forums. Through the delivery of a range of calibrations and other measurement services branch staff share their expertise with Australian and international stakeholders. This includes to support research, process improvements, product optimisation and better measurement practice across the economic landscape.

The National Measurement Institute's Low Frequency Standards team is responsible for Australia’s primary standards for voltage, current, electrical power and energy, supporting reliable measurements across Australia in areas such as electricity networks, manufacturing, defence, and aviation. The team develops and maintains measurement systems for electrical standards (including quantum standards), and provides associated measurement services.

Our ideal candidate

You are an engineer/scientist keen to join the team and contribute to the development of new technologies and services to meet emerging customer requirements, and to provide electrical measurements services to industry.

You are an electrical or electronics engineer or experimental physicist looking for an opportunity to develop professionally while applying your diverse skillset to practical measurement challenges in a service delivery environment. You are adaptable, flexible, and ready to learn, with the aim to become a recognised national and international expert in electrical metrology.

You will lead by example, demonstrate behaviours consistent with the values of being inclusive, strategic, influential, adaptable, accountable and innovative and support others to do the same.

As the successful candidate, you will have:

  • the ability to make precise measurements using a range of measuring instruments and techniques
  • the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to evaluate measurement results, and to identify and resolve problems in complex measurement systems using electrical, electronic and mechanical skills
  • strong software development skills (preferably using LabVIEW, Python or VBA), deep knowledge of electrical circuit theory and data analysis (statistics) with good knowledge of general physics
  • well-developed communication skills to engage with clients, and with industry and the research community.

Familiarity with top-level digital instruments such as Precision Calibrators and Precision Digital Multimeters is desirable but not essential.

What you will do 

As the successful candidate, you will have responsibility for electrical measurement services, and you will:

  • develop, enhance and maintain measurement standards and services
  • provide customer calibration services in electrical measurements, completing calibrations efficiently, accurately and to clients’ requirements
  • build and maintain constructive relationships with clients and external stakeholders, providing advice on technical issues and contributing to training programs
  • contribute to the ongoing improvement and maintenance of the group’s quality system documentation and processes  
  • contribute to the group’s research and/or development programs such as quantum standards for electric voltage, developing your own research strengths within these programs
  • establish and maintain effective and collaborative relationships within the Low Frequency Standards team. Leverage these relationships to provide high-level scientific and technical support, contribute to research directions, project planning and resource management.


The successful candidate will have a degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Physics or a related discipline. 

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

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 role will be filled at APS Level 5 or 6 depending on the skills and experience of the successful candidate. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing APS Level 5 or 6 vacancies should they become available within 18 months from the date the vacancy was advertised in the Gazette.

This position is non-ongoing for an initial period of 18 months, with possibility of extension including as an ongoing role.

Training on ISO/IEC 17025 standard for Testing and Calibration Laboratories, electrical measurements, uncertainty analysis and cryogenics will be provided.

How to apply

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

You are required to complete your application online. Provide a pitch explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position. Your pitch can contain no more than 5000 characters (approximately 750 words) and should align to the job description.

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

Accessible application documentation is available in other formats on request. Please contact recruitment@industry.gov.au or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application.

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Dimitrios Georgakopoulos, dimitrios.georgakopoulos@measurement.gov.au, ph: 02 8467 3826

Learn more about our values

The National Measurement Institute (NMI) has invested in identifying and defining six critical values for success for the organisation:

  • Adaptable: We embrace new ways of working to meet present and future challenges
  • Innovative: We learn from today to create solutions for tomorrow
  • Accountable: We each take personal responsibility for what we do, why we do it and how we work with others to achieve NMI’s goals
  • Strategic: We navigate uncertainty with clear purpose and direction
  • Inclusive: We champion a safe and supportive environment, powered by diversity of thought, experience and culture
  • Influential: We create opportunities to promote our value, broaden our reach and increase our impact.

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 full time/part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that is respectful, inclusive, and diverse, where all employees have a sense of belonging and can bring their authentic whole selves to work every day. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, mature age, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people of the LGBTIQA+ community, including transgender, gender diverse, and intersex people. Please contact our Inclusion team at inclusion@industry.gov.au for a confidential discussion if you identify with any of these diverse backgrounds and would like to discuss this in more detail.

Please refer to our Applying for a position information for additional information on how to apply.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the department.

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