CSIRO Mineral Resources Discovery
Internship Program


We are seeking applicants for CSIRO Mineral Resources Discovery Program's student internship program, running between July 2020 and June 2021.

Applications are open for outstanding university students (3rd year undergraduate or postgraduate level) to join CSIRO Mineral Resources for a 3-month internship to work on projects directly related to the Discovery Program's two impact areas: Exploration Through Cover, and Orebody Knowledge.

CSIRO offers a total living allowance of $6000 to a minimum of 3 successful interns. Note that upfront travel costs (including visas) will need to be met by the successful applicants. All internships will be based in Perth, Western Australia, unless otherwise specified.

Available projects for 2020-2021:

  • Experimental techniques in spectral geological measurements
  • Student internship proposal: Preparation of electromagnetic (EM) system descriptions
  • Characterisation of New Caledonian Nickel Laterite
  • The role of trace Ta-Sn minerals in Lithium pegmatites as indicators of redox and pH conditions
  • Weathering effects on REE in deeply weathered terranes
  • Mineral exploration of carbonatites: Australia and India
  • Mineral characterization and data set integration to assess REE potential of carbonatites
  • Development of an online QAQC and calibration tool for portable XRF analysers
  • Thermodynamic modelling of subduction fluid related Au-Fe-S ore deposits
  • Data assimilation of earthquake sequences to better understand giant mineralisation events
  • Equation-of-state and dielectric constant of magmatic-hydrothermal NaCl fluid
  • Deformation and Mineral Replacement at Jundee Gold Mine
  • Are basement faults and veins linked to Pilbara gold nuggets?
  • Creating a geological training dataset for machine learning from drill core photos

To apply for an internship please submit the following to Monica LeGras (monica.legras@csiro.au) before the 3rd March 2020:

  • Full CV, including current university course, expected completion dates, and contact details of an academic supervisor.
  • A cover letter, including a summary of your personal areas of research interest and how they align with the two impact areas of the Discovery Program.
  • Your preferred project title(s), including why you are interested in that project.

Note that all interns MUST be registered as a student at a university DURING their internship, or provide evidence of enrolment in a university course that commences after the internship.

Interns will be expected to write a report or deliver an oral presentation communicating their research at the completion of the internship.

Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their applications by the 31st of March 2020.

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