CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Underwater Mesh Networking

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Hobart, Australia

Job posting number: #7111489 (Ref:cj_80890)

Posted: September 23, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD in electronic engineering, communications engineering or computer science?
  • Concentrate on the modelling, simulation, and low level implementation of underwater wireless mesh networks
  • Join a team of highly skilled multidisciplinary engineers and technicians for this exciting postdoctoral role


CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.


The CERC Fellow will work on a project within The Autonomous Sensors Future Science Platform. CSIRO’s Future Science Platforms (FSPs) represent an investment in science that underpins innovation and has the potential to help reinvent and create new industries for Australia. The Autonomous Sensors FSP will accelerate the generation of new tools to enable growth of digital decision making within domains; combining fundamental sensor research with autonomous engineering solutions to provide new advanced sensing and platform technologies for the environmental monitoring, health monitoring, mining, agriculture, and manufacturing domains.

The position will sit within the Engineering & Technology (E&T) program of CSIRO National Collections and Marine Infrastructure (NCMI), centred on the Autonomous Sensors Future Science Platform. Performing sustained marine observations presents a significant challenge due to the harsh and remote nature of the environment. E&T delivers bespoke systems and equipment to further science within the field and this role aims to strengthen the use of autonomous marine systems within CSIRO and globally. This will allow CSIRO to remain at the forefront of effective and efficient surveying, exploration, management, and intervention of the marine environment, important for understanding and preventing threats posed to Australia’s ecology and biodiversity.

A candidate with high level of self-motivation is sought to work as part of a team of highly skilled multidisciplinary engineers and technicians to progress underwater mesh networks for autonomous and underwater IoT based marine observations into the future. The successful applicant will play a leading role in developing novel methods for communication between autonomous nodes in the marine environment, as well as having the opportunity to observe and evaluate performance in the field.


Your duties will include:

  • Conducting a thorough review of existing mesh networking technologies, underwater communication technologies, and wireless networking protocols.
  • Developing networking protocols for underwater mesh networks, to minimize power consumption and maximize quality of service (QoS).
  • Performing simulation of mesh networking protocols using custom models developed at CSIRO, and evaluate performance.
  • Assisting in the implementation of underwater mesh networking protocols in resource / power constrained embedded systems.
  • Producing high quality scientific and technical outputs including journal articles, conference papers and presentations, patents, and technical reports.



Location: Hobart, Tasmania

Salary: AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 80890

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as electronic engineering, communications engineering, or computer science. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated research experience and skills in one or more of the following fields: wireless communications systems, wireless networks, mesh networking, novel modulation methods, or underwater acoustic communication.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  • A sound history of publication in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and Australian Temporary Residents currently residing in Australia.  Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

To enter a CSIRO site, CSIRO will require you to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (or show a valid medical exemption from vaccination). If you are unable to meet this requirement, then you must return a negative result on a Rapid Antigen Test (within 48 hours prior to attending site) and wear a face mask whilst on the CSIRO site. These requirements apply if you are attending a CSIRO site as part of a recruitment process.


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. 


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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

25 October 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

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