Experimental Scientist, Mass Standards, APS 6, National Measurement Institute

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term
Location: Sydney
Categories: 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 Mass and Density Standards team maintains Australia’s primary standards, providing Australia’s highest level calibration services spanning the range from milligrams to tonnes. This supports calibration and testing laboratories and key users in advanced manufacturing, biomedical, defence and aerospace across Australia.  The team develops and validates new primary standards and automated calibration systems, to ensure Australia’s capabilities remain internationally competitive. Current projects include the development of a new facility for density measurement, the use of radiation force as a laser power standard, and research into potential development of an electrostatic force balance for improved measurement of sub-milligram.

Our ideal candidate

You are an experimental scientist with strong practical, analytical and collaborative skills. You want to develop new skills and enjoy troubleshooting and problem solving. You thrive on identifying and implementing innovative solutions and system improvements and aspire to become the recognised national expert in mass metrology.

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Have the ability to work independently and deliver client-focussed outcomes, adapting to evolving needs and when under pressure.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with external stakeholders. Influence in complex and diverse situations, and actively develop relationships both within the team and with external stakeholders.
  • Have excellent written and spoken communicate skills. Form meaningful relationships with other National Measurement Institute (NMI) expert teams.
  • Seek out diverse views, encouraging input from stakeholders to present credible, evidence based and influential recommendations. 
  • Have a flair for using the full range of your technical skills to identify and solve complex problems and to critically analyse and model complex systems.
  • Have practical electronic and mechanical skills with experience in instrumentation and control software, such as LabVIEW.
  • Lead by example, demonstrating behaviours consistent with the NMI values.

Familiarity with the operating principles and limitations of a range of relevant measurement instrumentation would be desirable.

What you will do 

Working alongside Australia’s national experts you will develop and refine your skills. As an Experimental Scientist, you will:

  • Maintain and develop Australia’s primary standards for mass.
  • Deliver timely, high-quality mass calibrations under an ISO-17025 quality system to the highest levels of accuracy achievable internationally.
  • Identify emerging trends in mass metrology through development of relationships with other NMI teams and with the research community through outreach, research collaborations and consultancies.
  • Use your technical skills to contribute both to the design and development of new standards facilities. You will use these skills to contribute to the maintenance and efficiency improvements of existing systems, such as NMI’s solid-density-apparatus, micro-flow standards, density and surface tension facilities.
  • Contribute to the ongoing research activities of the team to develop and validate new experimental techniques, e.g. using radiation force methods to establish new high-power laser standards, and explore the potential use of electrostatic force techniques to improve mass measurement in the sub-milligram range.
  • Assist in the development and delivery of training courses in precision mass metrology.

You will be supported by NMI to become the leading technical expert and have opportunities to:

  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge of mass measurement and of the operation, design and limitations of relevant modern commercial and research equipment.
  • Gain familiarity with the build-up build-down traceability to Australia’s primary kilogram and the calculation and propagation of measurement uncertainty in mass metrology.
  • Represent NMI and Australia on national and international technical and standards committees.
  • Identify opportunities to collaborate with other expert NMI teams and external stakeholders to integrate the latest technical innovations in quantum, optical and electrical standards into the next generation of NMI’s measurement capabilities.


The successful candidate will have a PhD (or equivalent experience) in experimental physics or engineering.

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

A merit pool may be established and used to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies for 18 months from the date the vacancy was advertised in the Gazette.

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 Kitty Fen, Kitty.Fen@measurement.gov.au, ph: 02 8467 3519

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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