Research Scientist – Low-Frequency Electrical Standards, APS Level 6 & Executive Level 1, National Measurement Institute

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Sydney
Categories: APS Level 6, Executive Level 1, 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 Electricity Section undertakes advanced research and development that anticipates new measurement technologies and applications, collaborating both nationally and internationally in support of its objectives. The Low-Frequency Standards Group within the Electricity Section develops, maintains and disseminates to industry Australia’s primary standards of electrical and magnetic quantities such as voltage, current, power and magnetic field. We provide calibration services with the lowest attainable levels of uncertainty and are presently developing new capabilities to cover emerging areas such as power quality and metrology for complex electrical waveforms.

Our ideal candidate

You are an experienced electrical engineer or scientist, eager to learn and to contribute to leading-edge electrical measurement research, and its dissemination to industry. You aspire to become an Australian and international authority in one or more areas of electrical measurement such as electrical energy, power quality and ac-dc transfer. You will have demonstrated leadership, stakeholder liaison and presentation skills, coupled with a sound ability to work as part of a team of senior engineers/scientists.

You have:

  • A tertiary qualification in electrical engineering or related discipline, preferably at a Ph.D level.
  • High levels of initiative, ingenuity and skill in designing, developing and applying electrical and electronic hardware and systems, preferably with the focus for precision electrical measurement.
  • Experience with complex software and firmware development, particularly for control applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with external clients and other stakeholders to determine requirements, provide high-level technical advice and deliver solutions.
  • Ability to stay positive, engaged and productive under pressure or after a setback, and support others to do the same. Maintain composure and embrace challenges.

You will lead by example, demonstrate behaviours consistent with the National Measurement Institute (NMI) Values.

What you will do

  • Provide high-level scientific and technical support for the operations of the Low Frequency Group, including contributing to research directions and project planning.
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with clients and external stakeholders, both nationally and internationally, communicating research and services, providing advice on technical issues and developing fit for purpose measurement plans.
  • Develop, maintain and enhance measurement standards and services for various areas of electrical metrology (e.g. ac-dc transfer, electrical energy, power quality, metrology for complex electrical waveforms). Including associated test methods and software, with a focus on efficiency, accuracy, reliability and integrity. 
  • Develop, maintain and document validation processes for key calibration services and oversee their implementation, including training and development of other staff as required. 
  • Undertake calibration and other measurement work across a range of areas within electrical metrology.   
  • Create a high-performance work environment by developing talent, rewarding achievement, setting clear expectations and managing concerns in a timely manner.

Eligibility & Security Clearance

To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, candidates must be Australian Citizens. Applications from non-Australian Citizens are encouraged if they are eligible to obtain Australian citizenship.

It will be a condition of employment that successful candidates apply for, and are granted, Australian citizenship and Baseline security clearance.

After their application has been submitted, non-Australian citizens should email with details of their current status in Australia.


This role will be filled at APS6 or EL1 level depending on the skills and experience of the successful candidate. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing APS6 or EL1 vacancies should they become available within 18 months from the date the vacancy was advertised in the Gazette.

This is an ongoing position.

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 or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application.

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact  Dr Ilya Budovsky,, ph: 02 8467 3600

Learn more about our values

The 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 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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