Senior Mechatronic Engineer, School of Molecular and Life Sciences

Curtin University of Technology
May 19, 2024
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Job Reference: 1211705

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 Senior 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.

As the senior mechatronic engineer, you will be responsible for working with a junior mechatronic engineer and the team to:

  • Contribute to the design of the mechatronic system.
  • Perform the 3D modelling of the hardware, simulation, and optimisation.
  • Design the workflow and automation.
  • Identify and test the sensors and actuators used in the system.
  • Develop the sensor calibration protocol and mechanisms.
  • Develop the control software.
  • Develop the automated system prototype and test it.
  • Optimise 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 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 hiring manager Professor Raphael Viscarra Rossel, School of Molecular and Life Sciences (MLS) on mobile 0467 769 364 or email r.viscarra- [email protected].

    About us

    We are an energetic, dedicated team of academics and professionals working together to provide global solutions through quality graduates and innovative research. Curtin is a welcoming space where integrity, respect for one another, courage, excellence, and impact are essential to everyday life. Situated on Whadjuk Nyungar Country, our vibrant campus includes an art gallery, gym, childcare and medical centre, and endless food options including a supermarket.

    We encourage a progressive and diverse workplace, offering generous superannuation and salary packaging benefits. We are committed to looking after our employees by promoting health and wellbeing, work flexibility, and personal development opportunities.

    Western Australia and Perth have a broad range of entertainment opportunities for families and individuals with year-round cultural and sporting events. A family-friendly living environment with excellent transport facilities and little traffic congestion, residents and visitors can enjoy beautiful beaches, vibrant hills communities and world-class education for children. Perth International Airport has regular flights to major cities throughout Asia, e.g. Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia.

    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:

  • Master's degree or other certifications 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 implementation of algorithm for controlling and optimizing mechatronic systems.
  • Familiar with version control with Git and GitHub.
  • Experience in machine development and automation.
  • Familiarity with a range of sensors, actuators, and control systems. Experience in the application Kalman filtering is highly desirable.
  • Experience in mechatronic control system integration with a focus on PID controllers.
  • Understanding of real-time operating systems (RTOS) and familiarity with microcontroller programming for efficient control.
  • Proven 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 adapt to evolving project requirements and technologies.
  • Excellent communications skills (verbal and written) for documenting designs, presenting findings, and collaborating with cross-functional teams is highly desirable.

    To view a copy of the Position Description, please copy and paste the following link into your web browser.

    https: //

    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: 3 PM Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), Sunday 19th May 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, any offer of employment is subject to completion of National Police Records checks, and background, integrity, and reference checks to Curtin's satisfaction. At Curtin, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation and this position may also require you to have a current Working With Children Check.

    If you have any queries in relation to the application process, please contact our careers team on [email protected] 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1) and quote the Job Reference number.

    Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

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