Research Scientist - Optimisation and Electrical Engineer

CSIRO Energy
Newcastle (Suburb), Hunter Region (AU)
AUD$95K - AUD$103K + up to 15.4% Superannuation
September 14 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Position CSIRO is looking for electrical engineers and computer scientists with a passion for applied research and a desire to shape Australia’s future energy systems.  You will join a team of data scientists, electrical engineers, computer scientists, physicists, social scientists and software engineers who design, build and deliver the technologies that drive down greenhouse gas emissions, maximise the uptake of renewables, and reduce the cost of energy for Australians.  We are not interested in ivory tower research: our work is built to deliver real change and impact.  You will be building systems to estimate, forecast and manage controllable electrical loads across Australia’s electricity system; driving down household bills, maximising energy security and delivering real value to Australian business and Australian households.  Your work will be in the field, controlling real systems and affecting real people. You will be working in Australia's national science institution, interacting with some of Australia's largest industries, tackling massive problems (like preventing those South Australian blackouts), meeting with researchers and scientists from around the world, and delivering practical solutions to incredibly challenging, complex and rewarding problems that can only be solved with some seriously deep thinking across science disciplines.  It will be fast-paced, different and hard. If you are an electrical engineer or computer scientist with an enthusiasm for delivering innovative forecasting, control and optimisation of energy systems, please let us know. We are keen to discover if you could be part of the CSIRO Grids and Energy Efficiency Systems team. As a member of the Grids and Energy Efficiency Systems Research Group, you will be part of exciting research into demand-side energy systems.  Your work will include a mix of applied research into forecasting, operating and controlling critical demand-side energy resources, such as air-conditioning, battery systems, solar PV and electric vehicles.  You will be working with big data sets, applying skills in electrical engineering, control theory, mathematical modelling or computer science, and will be part of large-scale deployments of our technologies in operational systems.  You will be working towards goals of effectively integrating renewable energy, improving network performance, lowering network infrastructure costs and delivering value for Australian energy consumers. In this role you will:

  • Incorporate novel approaches to scientific investigations by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas for new, existing and further research.
  • Application of contemporary data science and computer science techniques to disaggregate load profiles captured at an aggregate metering point (such as zone substation or distribution substation) and to deliver optimal control of those loads.
  • Management and processing of large-scale datasets from in-field metering equipment, including the cleaning and transformation of data, and the use of high-performance computing facilities to deliver efficient outcomes.
  • Development and delivery of focused research plans that are well aligned with delivering near-term value to industrial clients, particularly in the demand response space.
  • Project manage small teams in the delivery of critical science and research outcomes in this area.

Location:       Newcastle, NSW
Salary:           $95K- $103K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Specified term of 3 years
Reference:   46901   To be successful you will need:

  • A PhD degree and post-doctoral experience in a relevant discipline area, such as electrical engineering, computer science, mathematical modelling, control systems, applied statistics, or equivalent.  Alternatively, equivalent professional experience.
  • Demonstrable enthusiasm for improving energy efficiency, reducing the greenhouse-gas impact of energy systems and maximising the performance of the Australian electricity grid.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, and carry out independent individual research, to achieve organisational goals.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world. We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate.  

CSIRO Energy:  We are pioneering low-emission technologies that create value for industry and households and provide the knowledge which will help guide Australia towards a smart, secure energy future.