Principal Plant Engineer

Position Overview

  • Ongoing | Full Time | $124k - $138k +15.4% super
  • Clayton, Victoria location I  Flexible Work practices I Health & Wellbeing Programs
  • Exciting and challenging opportunity to apply your expertise and professional skills at one of Australia's landmark scientific facilities.

About the Opportunity

The Engineering Group at the Australian Synchrotron currently has a vacancy for an inquisitive and motivated Principal Plant Engineer to join our Mechanical Engineering team. The Principal Plant Engineer will be responsible for providing technical leadership, subject matter expertise and consultancy services to internal stakeholders, team members and management across the facility. This role will be responsible for the ongoing development and support of technical plant systems which enable and facilitate scientific operations. 

About You

In this role, you will foster excellent engagement with other members of the Engineering Group and other operational teams across the facility.  You will have excellent communication skills and provide subject matter expertise, focus and leadership for a specialist skill to support the development and ongoing operation of the facility. The ideal candidate will:


  • Have extensive demonstrated and relevant engineering industry experience. 
  • Demonstrated experience in the design operation and asset management of technical plant systems.
  • be registered as a mechanical engineer in the state of Victoria, or eligible for state registration.
  • The ability to communicate with various stakeholders to develop system requirements in challenging problem spaces.
  • Demonstrated experience in fault diagnosis, and the ability to develop effective solutions under time constraints.

Your Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and subject matter expertise on the Technical Plant and Utility Systems which provide critical functionality to the accelerator and beamline systems.


  • Technical Plant includes:
    • Low Conductivity Water Plant
    • Chilled Water
    • Beamline Hutch Environment Control
    • Compressed air
    • Refrigeration plant (chillers)
    • Experimental Gas Distribution             
    • Experimental Gas/Fume Extraction
    • Building Management Systems (machine critical)
  • Define and deliver long term strategies to develop the technical plant systems ensuring demands and performance requirements of the accelerator and beamlines are met as new beamlines enter operation and major facility upgrades are delivered.
  • Take on system ownership responsibilities of Technical Plant Systems requiring the development of asset management strategies and maintenance plans including lifecycle planning extending to end of facility life.


Please click here to view the Position Description.

About Us

ANSTO leverages great science to deliver big outcomes.  We partner with scientists and engineers and apply new technologies to provide real-world benefits.  Our work improves human health, saves lives, builds our industries and protects the environment.  ANSTO is the home of Australia's most significant landmark and national infrastructure for research.  Thousands of scientists from industry and academia benefit from gaining access to state-of-the-art instruments every year.

Benefits of Working with Us

ANSTO employees are passionate about what they do. We enjoy being part of an organisation making a difference in the lives of Australians. 

We support and reward our employees through eligibility for:

  • Training, development and mentoring opportunities 
  • Performance based salary increases 
  • Work-life balance with generous leave entitlements and flexible conditions


If you want to join a world class organisation that's making a difference in the lives of Australians, apply now!

How to Apply

For further technical information relating to this position please refer to the Position Description or contact Chris Ampt on 0436 849 543.  For all other queries please contact Talent Acquisition on (02) 9717 3359.


To be eligible for appointment, applicants will require a security and pre-employment medical assessment.


Application closing date:  Sunday, 3 March 2024 at 11:59pm


All applicants must be Australian citizens.


In order to solve great challenges, we need great minds and great teams. At ANSTO, we understand that diverse teams produce better outcomes and we value the merit that a diverse perspective can bring to our team. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, primary carers, those with a disability, and women in STEM. ANSTO is a charter member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative and is proudly taking action to create a gender-inclusive workforce.