First listed on: 27 July 2022
EL 1 - Underwater Sensing Scientist

Executive Level 1 (S&T Level 5)  
$106,074 - $119,651 (plus Super)
Eveleigh - NSW

The Role
The Littoral Autonomy, Sensors & Systems Branch is seeking an Underwater Sensing Scientist S&T 5 to undertake research activities in support of the Maritime Countermeasures Systems work program. Research will be in the context of the development of RAS autonomy, sensing and perception capabilities in the undersea environment to support future Navy capability.

The S&T 5 Researcher will be required to:

  • Build and analyse code for DSPs, microcontrollers and data acquisition systems
  • Contribute to the development of sensor systems for the collection of environmental data or ship influence signature data. Signature influences may include acoustic, magnetic, UEP/ELFE, pressure and seismic. 

The employee will be expected to design acquisition electronics and control software for multiple sensor systems and calibration facilities. 

About our Team
The Littoral Autonomy Sensors and Systems (LASS) Major Science Technology Capability (MSTC) has a major focus on the development of robotic and autonomous systems (RAS) to support future Navy capabilities, including in littoral and undersea warfare. The MSTC is comprised of three Science and Technology Capabilities (STC) centred around:

  • Robotics, vehicle architectures and autonomy, underwater communications, integration and performance;
  • Sensing and perception, including underwater object detection and classification; and
  • Mine countermeasure systems. 

As a member of the MSTC you will collaborate with a team of motivated engineers, scientists and mathematicians whose mission is to increase capability through improved employment of robotic and autonomous systems, and / or the exploitation of sensor data for undersea perception and cueing of autonomous systems.

Our Ideal Candidate
We seek candidates who are passionate about delivering scientific outcomes in support of maritime warfare capability. You will be highly motivated and have a proven ability to work under direction to solve scientific problems, drawing upon new and existing knowledge and techniques to develop and exploit science and technology capability.

You will have knowledge and experience relevant to the role/s. You will have a desire and capability to develop your subject matter expertise within your primary area, and to develop your knowledge of, and contribute to, the work of related disciplines.

You will have demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills, motivation, initiative, critical thinking, and attention to detail. You will have an understanding of methods for building and maintaining effective stakeholder relationships and the ability to adapt to evolving priorities.

You will have strong oral and written communication skills and a proven ability to work well within a small team environment. You will be committed to ongoing self-improvement and professional development.

Additional desirable skills:

  • A degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Physics or a related field, or relevant experience.
  • Proven experience with DSPs, microcontrollers and similar technology

Further requirements include the participation in the planning, collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting of data collected in Defence related experiments and/or field trials either individually or as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.

Application Closing Date: Monday 22 August 2022

For further information please review the job information pack, reference DSTG/04599/22 on


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