First listed on: 25 December 2021

Quantum Device Fabrication Scientist


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The Opportunity

  • Be part of industry-revolutionising projects in quantum technology!
  • Great long-term opportunity to collaborate with Australia’s leading scientists
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s Premier Science Agency – and grow your research career

CSIRO’s Manufacturing Business Unit combines multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering capability and uses world-class infrastructure to partner with industry in the development of innovative products and processes that allow Australian manufacturers to be globally competitive and environmentally sustainable.

CSIRO’s Applied Physics Group is a diverse team of scientists, engineers and research staff that develop devices and engineered systems for the benefit of industrial partners in aerospace, space, defence, renewable energy, telecommunications, minerals and mining, and transportation. Quantum devices, in particular, is an area for significant expansion and we are seeking to fill a number of exciting new roles across the group.

The Quantum Device Fabrication Scientist will join our ‘Quantum Devices & Manufacturing’ team, that uses CSIRO’s world-leading scientific capability in High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) electronic devices, circuits, and sensors to develop advanced magnetometry. In this role, you will be designing and fabricating multilayer devices, and using your existing knowledge and expertise in thin film material properties to optimise device performance. You will be involved in the collation, analysis, and interpretation of experimental data, and collaborating with a team of Australia’s leading quantum research scientists to create industry-changing new developments.  

Your duties will include:

  • Assisting in the planning and preparation of research proposals and carrying out research investigations, requiring originality, creativity, and innovation.
  • Designing and fabricating multilayer devices (e.g., epitaxial thin films), as well as using your knowledge in thin film material properties including optical, electrical, and mechanical to optimise device performance.
  • Undertaking electrical and magnetic characterisation cryogenic measurements of experimental devices.
  • Collating, analysing, and interpreting measurements using statistical analysis.     
  • Incorporating novel approaches to scientific investigations by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas for new, existing, and further research.
  • Problem solving using the most profitable and practical methods, preparing detailed design proposals and experimental protocols.
  • Presenting results in a meaningful format, preparing reports for clients and/or writing scientific papers for publication. 

Location: Lindfield (Sydney), NSW
Salary: AU$102K to AU$111K + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified Term of 3 years
Reference: 80442

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as physics or engineering.
  • Experience in device nanofabrication, and a comprehensive knowledge of materials science and device physics.
  • Experience in undertaking laboratory measurements using electrical characterisation equipment.
  • Ability in planning, organising, and manipulating experimental data including statistical and fitting techniques.
  • Ability to undertake original, creative, and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems.
  • A demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be an Australian Citizen. 

The successful candidate will be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Negative Vetting Level 2 (NV2). They may also be subject to other security/medical/character check requirements

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

6 March 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

We encourage you to apply early as we will be reviewing applications as they come through. CSIRO reserves the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.

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