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Join the quantum revolution

With the exponential growth in the quantum space, we're seeking the brightest scientific minds to lead the charge.

Quantum technology holds the potential to help solve some of society's greatest challenges. That's why we're playing our part in this emerging industry by building infrastructure and research capability, and ensuring quantum produces equitable outcomes for all Australians.

To do this, we are seeking researchers, innovators and future leaders to play key roles in influencing the development of new cutting-edge quantum technologies and be part of this emerging workforce to deliver on Australia’s future quantum industry.

We are inviting applications from people with creative ideas, deep expertise and a collaborative research approach to contribute to our quantum activities and priority areas. Creating a thriving quantum industry requires a diverse workforce and we would encourage applications from early career researchers through to established researchers.  There are opportunities for theoreticians, computer scientists, physicists, engineers, biologists and materials scientists to join our growing quantum community.


We seek talented individuals in a range of quantum related fields

Here's a sample of the exciting roles within our quantum programs

Quantum device physicists

We are seeking physicists with expertise in low temperature physics, quantum optics, photonics or superconducting electronics. Whether your passion is device design, modelling, fabrication or testing we would love to hear from you.

Materials scientists and engineers

We are looking for scientists and engineers with experience with fabricating and characterising novel materials and thin films and/or expertise in device fabrication using nanolithography or thermal scanning probe lithography techniques.

Quantum software engineers

Software engineers with expertise in software architecture and quality, software development processes or empirical software engineering. Basic knowledge of quantum systems and/or quantum software programming is needed. Research experience in quantum computing is desirable but not essential.

Research scientists in cybersecurity

We are building our team to drive the development and adoption of cybersecurity solutions in Australia, through developing security primitives, protocols and methods that ensure organisations and people stay secure from sophisticated cyber-attacks.

Electronics, cryogenics and systems engineers

The integration of quantum technologies into engineered solutions and systems requires a diverse set of skills. We welcome applications from experienced engineers with applied knowledge in electronics, cryogenics or systems development and integration. Knowledge or experience with quantum technologies is desirable but not essential.

Postdoctoral fellowships

We are offering postdoctoral fellowships to exceptional early career researchers with a passion for exploring the potential of quantum technology across a broad range of research fields. This includes quantum optics, low-temperature physics, 2D materials, quantum devices, quantum software and algorithms.

Other skills and expertise

We are looking for creative, curious and collaborative problem solvers who want to make real world impact with technology. Existing expertise with quantum technologies is not a pre-requisite.


Meet the team

We have an amazing team of researchers and scientists

They collaborate to deliver solutions to some of Australia’s, and the world’s, most complex challenges.

Abu Rifat Ullah

Research Scientist

What is your role? I design and characterise superconducting devices.

What do you love about CSIRO? I love the collaborative approach of working with a group of talented scientists and engineers, whereas sometimes at university you may be pursuing a project alone.  

What attracted you to work at CSIRO? CSIRO allows staff to work on specialised projects to help industry and explore new science. It’s an ideal environment for a scientist. Comments and questions from colleagues at international conferences demonstrate that our superconducting devices are envied around the world and receive high praise in a peer-reviewed world. 

What most excites you about quantum technologies? Working with quantum technologies means we work with very small structures. These structures are typically a millionth of a metre and smaller. They can interact with light, magnetic flux and heat at a very small scale. Often these elements of nature are so small that they are discrete packets, or quanta. Quantum technologies allow us to build machines to detect one quanta of magnetic flux or detect one quanta of light and so on. It’s an extremely interesting space to work in.

Muhammad Usman

Team Leader Quantum Systems Data61

What is your role? Leading a new team of quantum experts, with the research focus on quantum software engineering, quantum algorithms & applications, and quantum security. 

What do you love about CSIRO? I particularly enjoy working with the cross-disciplinary expertise of CSIRO’s research teams and being able to perform cutting-edge research with a focus on end-users, i.e., developing quantum technologies which have direct implications for the Australian Industry, Defence and Government sectors.  

What attracted you to work at CSIRO? What attracted me to CSIRO is its very ambitious approach towards quantum technologies. CSIRO launched the Quantum Technology roadmap in 2020 and subsequent Quantum Future Science Platform in 2021 which showed its strong commitment towards advancing quantum technologies. With more than ten years of research experience in quantum computing, I believe CSIRO offers me a great platform to advance my cross-disciplinary research and work towards realising my goal of achieving quantum advantage for practical applications. 

What most excites you about quantum technologies? Quantum technologies offer unique opportunities to tackle some of the most difficult problems in science, technology, and industry. I am excited about quantum technologies because they not only allow me to do fascinating research at the forefront of science and technology, but also because I believe they will help to improve people’s lives by solving problems in many areas including healthcare, climate science, transport, and communications. 

Stephen Gensemer

Team Leader, Space Optics Team

What is your role? The team I lead build optical instruments for satellites.  We're launching payloads for Earth Observation and are in the design stage for building instruments that will provide quantum-assured data and signal transfers.

What do you love about CSIRO? I love the opportunities CSIRO gives us to collaborate with scientists in many disciplines, like atmospheric physics, viticulture, and water quality.  I also love the interaction we have with industry and other government agencies - it puts us right in the middle of the technology development in so many fields.

What attracted you to work at CSIRO? I was attracted to work at CSIRO by the pioneering work done by the Optics team in Sydney, which some years ago actually made the world's most spherical object, which was a big breakthrough in developing a standard for the kilogram.  It took over a decade of work for them to perfect their optical polishing techniques to achieve that.  One of the first projects I worked on at CSIRO was measuring optics that are now used in satellites that are looking at the sun.  I transitioned from basic research (which I had done in academia) to applied research, because I wanted to see the use of my work in the world.

What most excites you about quantum technologies? Quantum mechanics is fascinating to understand and launches you into a world of weirdness where intuition doesn't get you very far.  This is part of the reason I became a physicist in the first place, although at the time I thought it was a very academic field with hardly any applications. Now, with the advent of quantum computing, we finally have an opportunity for a lot more people to do interesting things with quantum mechanics, which may mean that the "quantum-ness" of the world will become more familiar.

Quantum Technologies Future Science Platform

Our Quantum Technology Future Science Platform (FSP) is building capability and expertise to play a key role in the emerging global quantum industry.

Sensing, communication and computation are the three areas where we will accelerate capability growth and network formation in quantum technology. The Quantum Technologies FSP is led by Jim Rabeau and is part of a larger and growing portfolio of investment and work in quantum technology at CSIRO.

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