CSIRO Mineral Resources
2022 Discovery Student Internship Program


We are seeking globally applicants for CSIRO Mineral Resources Discovery Internship Program, running between July 2022 and June 2023.

Applications are open for outstanding postgraduate university students to join a 3-month internship at CSIRO. The internship projects relate to the Discovery Program's research on Exploration Through Cover, Orebody Knowledge, Geodata Analytics, and Critical Metals.

CSIRO offers a total living allowance of $6,000 to a minimum of 7 successful interns (note that upfront travel costs will need to be met by the successful applicants).

All internships are based in Perth, Western Australia, unless otherwise specified or agreed upon. This will depend on national and international cross-border restrictions in case of unforeseen local lockdowns due to COVID or other unforeseen contexts.

Available projects for 2022-2023:

  • Basin evolution and subsidence history during the deposition of the Lawn Hill Formation (NT-QLD)
  • Relationships between geochemical and mineralogical patterns in drill core data sets, and the potential for combined use for mapping hydrothermal alteration
  • Cobalt speciation and mobility in hydrothermal fluids
  • Mapping hydrothermal mineral alteration in regolith
  • Footprints of magmatic-hydrothermal tungsten mineralisation
  • Critical metals: Indium in the geological cycle and its applicability to mineral exploration
  • Mineral extraction from tailings
  • Physics-informed machine learning for predicting fluid flow during extraction of critical metals
  • Augmented Reality Sandbox
  • Generating geology logs from hyperspectral data: a case study
  • Visualising Earth's Evolution with Isotopic Systems
  • Modelling propagation of fault reactivation
  • Sensitivity analysis of processing parameters for standardising petrophysical measurements on core
  • Critical metals: assessing Rare Earth Element deposit footprints

To apply for an internship please send an email (subject: Discovery Internship application) to Ignacio González-Álvarez (ignacio.gonzalez-alvarez@csiro.au) before the 15th June 2022, with the following:

  • A one-page cover letter, including a summary of your areas of research interest, your two preferred project title(s), and why you are interested in the selected projects.
  • Full CV, including current university course, expected completion dates, and contact details of an Academic supervisor.

Note that all interns MUST be registered as a student at a University DURING their internship.

Interns will be placed within one of the research groups and supervised by a team member during their internship at CSIRO. Interns will be expected to deliver an oral presentation communicating their research after the internship. Conference registration fee funding support could be provided if the student presents the internship results in a conference abstract.

Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their applications by the 15th of July 2022.

posted: 23 May 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.