Environmental tracer hydrogeologist

  • Apply your expertise in the application of noble gas and other environmental tracer techniques in hydrogeology.
  • Contribute to innovative research with real-world impact!
  • Join CSIRO. Worldclass science - World class connections!

The Position

We are seeking a highly motivated technical officer or experimental scientist to provide expert support in noble gas analysis to the Environmental Tracers and Applications team in CSIRO Land and Water. In this position, you will support analysis of noble gases in water and sediments acro ss a range of projects. CSIRO Land & Water at Waite Campus is building a new state of the art noble gas facility to measure all noble gas concentrations in water samples (He, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe) as well as facilities for the sampling, gas preparation and measurement of radioactive noble gas isotopes (85Kr, 39Ar, 81Kr). Data are interpreted in the context of multi-tracer studies, typically also involving 18O, 2H, 3H, SF6, CFCs, 13C, 14C, 36Cl and chemistry.

In this role you will support and conduct innovative research in the development and application of noble gas techniques, and develop and apply new field-based instrumentation systems for noble gas mass spectrometry. You will be involved in the development of new measurement methods and training for instrument users, such as the measurement of pore-water helium in aquitards using the quartz-helium technique. You will be an active member of a team that conducts innovative research in the general area of groundwater hydrology, with a particular focus on the use of noble gases in complex hydrogeological settings and multi-tracer studies, for instance groundwater-surface water interactions and aquifer interconnectivity. On the basis of improved scientific understanding, you will evaluate impacts of industries, agriculture and domestic users on groundwater and surface waters. Of particular interest is the study of impacts of mining and unconventional gas exploitation on regional groundwater systems.

Specifically you will:

  • Contribute to research projects to advance scientific understanding of groundwater systems
  • Develop new analytical techniques and instrumentation in the field of noble gas mass spectrometry of water samples for conceptualizing and quantifying groundwater processes at a range of scales.
  • Develop systems for sampling and gas preparation for radioactive noble gases
  • Perform noble gas analyses as required and contribute to the development of new measurement techniques.
  • Develop innovative concepts and ideas for further research and analytical development.

Location: Waite Campus, Adelaide, SA
Salary: AUD$78K - AUD$100K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference Number: 30021
Term: Indefinite

To be successful you will need:

  • A Masters degree in hydrology or noble gas geochemistry or a relevant field, or equivalent qualification and work experience.
  • Demonstrated strong skills in the application of noble gas and other environmental tracer techniques in hydrogeology.
  • Experience in conceptualising shallow and deep hydrogeological systems at range of spatial scales.
  • Demonstrated experience in field work and/or laboratory experiments.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including an ability to publish results of scientific research, write reports and proposals, present scientific research to audiences with scientific and non-scientific background.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills with a commitment to team-based processes and outcomes, and with demonstrated ability to prioritise and satisfy work demands from multiple clients.

Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)


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Before you apply please view the full position description and selection criteria here: Position Details Document

Applications Close: 11:59pm AEDT, 29 January 2017

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