Mechatronic Engineer (Junior)

Curtin University of Technology
March 07, 2024
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School of Molecular and Life Sciences (MLS)

The Soil & Landscape Science Group and the Mechatronics and Biorobotics Research Laboratory in the Faculty of Science & Engineering at Curtin University are seeking a Junior Mechatronic Engineer to join the team.

The project and your new role

The project is funded by the Australian Government National Soil Carbon Innovation Challenge, which aims to lower the cost of soil carbon analysis so that farmers and land managers can afford to measure soil carbon and partake in the Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCU) scheme to capture and store soil carbon, help offset our carbon emissions and at the same time improve soil and ecosystem heath.

You will work in a team with soil scientists, mechatronic and software engineers to design and develop an automated hardware-software system for cost-effectively measuring soil organic carbon stocks.

You will work with a senior mechatronic engineer and the team to:

  • Contribute to the design of the mechatronic system.
  • Perform the 3D modelling of the hardware (e.g. SolidWorks), simulation, and optimisation.
  • Contribute to the design of the workflow and automation.
  • Identify and test the sensors and actuators used in the system.
  • Develop the sensor calibration protocol, software and mechanisms.
  • Contribute to the development of the control software.
  • Contribute to the development and testing of prototypes.
  • Contribute to the optimisation of the prototype and test for deployment.
  • The position is based in Perth and will involve collaboration with the Curtin Soil & Landscape Science ( and Mechatronic Engineering (website) groups. The successful candidate will make a substantial contribution to the Curtin University, will collaborate, and liaise with our industry partners.

    You will require current work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role. This position is based at our Curtin Bentley campus , candidates are expected to either be currently located in Perth, WA, or express a willingness to relocate. Visa sponsorship and relocation may be considered.

    To learn more about these opportunities, please contact Prof. Raphael Viscarra Rossel on 0467 769 364 or [email protected].

    About us

    Curtin University offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, generous superannuation, and salary-packaging. Our vibrant campus also includes an art gallery, gym, childcare, medical centre, and endless food options.

    For more information on our university, please visit www.

    Join us!

    Your application should include a cover letter, your CV and separate document directly addressing the selection criteria (noted below) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

    Selection Criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree in mechatronics, automation, or robotics.
  • Demonstrated expertise in mechatronic system design.
  • Competence in using software modelling tools for design, simulation, and optimisation of mechatronic systems, such as SolidWorks, Inventor, MATLAB/Simulink.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in programming (preferably C/C++, Python, Java), and developing control programs for mechatronic systems.
  • Familiar with version control with Git and GitHub.
  • Familiarity with a range of sensors, actuators, and microcontroller systems.
  • Experience in the application Kalman filtering is highly desirable.
  • Excellent understanding of mechatronic control system integration with a focus on PID controllers.
  • Understanding of real-time operating systems (RTOS) and familiarity with microcontroller programming.
  • Ability to think creatively and find innovative solutions to complex engineering challenges.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, especially in troubleshooting and optimizing automated systems.
  • Ability to work in a team, to follow instruction and to take initiative.
  • Excellent communications skills (verbal and written) for documenting designs, presenting findings, and collaborating with cross-functional teams is highly desirable.

    In line with Curtin's 2030 Strategic Plan, Curtin University is committed to optimising employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In an effort to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait representation in the University, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply for this role, pursuant to Section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA).

    Applications close: 5.15PM AWST, Thursday 7 March 2024

    What we offer

  • Global Excellence: Curtin University proudly stands among the top one percent of global universities according to the ARWU 2023 rankings.
  • Adaptable Work Environment: While our primary office is located at our Bentley Campus, we understand the importance of flexibility in today's work environment. Hybrid working arrangements are provided in accordance with business needs.
  • Salary Packaging: Enjoy the perks of a generous superannuation contribution (17%) and customisable salary packaging benefits through Paywise.
  • Competitive Leave Entitlements: Experience the added value of 17.5% Leave Loading, with the option to be paid out or taken as additional leave. Benefit from Parental Leave (26 weeks for the primary caregiver), Annual Leave (20 days), Personal Leave (14 days), Curtin University Leave (2 days), Study Leave, and Community Service Leave. Plus, access to Long Service Leave after 7 years of continuous service (65 days/13-week entitlement for full-time staff).
  • Career and Development Opportunities: In line with our 2030 Strategic Plan, Curtin is committed to providing an inspiring, rewarding, and meaningful experience for our staff -empowering them to lead, innovate and strive for excellence. We provide staff with career and development opportunities, including access to various online and in-person training and info-sessions.
  • Health and Wellness: Our on-campus Medical Centre prioritises Curtin staff and students. Join Curtin's Healthy Lifestyle Program, with up to 2 hours per week of paid time off to engage in University-approved healthy lifestyle activities. Explore Curtin's wellbeing locations at https: //
  • Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, undergo character, integrity, and reference checks. Please note that this position may be subject to a WA state government vaccination mandate. If requested, you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status prior to employment.

    If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1) or [email protected].

    Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment

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