Critical Minerals

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The Opportunity

CSIRO's critical energy minerals research program offers a rare opportunity to unlock the full economic potential of Australia's energy metals. Join CSIRO in our efforts to find, develop, mine and process critical minerals resources - which are essential for the global transition to renewable energy, and to grow our Australian economy and infrastructure in a more sustainable way.

We need early to mid-career researchers in science and engineering who are passionate about creating pathways and solutions for the global energy transition, whilst reducing industrial carbon emissions in the minerals industry itself.

Our critical minerals programs tackle Australian challenges in collaboration with local and overseas partners. Together, we are focused on:

  • New ways to discover and characterise valuable critical minerals resources,
  • Responsible mining and processing of critical minerals,
  • Sustainable benefits for local communities near operations,
  • Increasing the reliability and decarbonisation of critical minerals supply chains,
  • Value-adding to create sustainable supply chains and industries in Australia,
  • Powering our regions and cities with affordable and reliable renewable energy.

We're looking for people in geoscience (e.g. mineralogy, metamorphic petrology, geophysics, geometallurgy), geomatics, engineering (e.g. mining, civil, chemical, software), metallurgy, physics, chemistry or data science. These skills will help fuel our multidisciplinary teams to solve impossible challenges:

  • Exploring for new resources through cover
  • Developing better ways to sort or mine ore
  • Efficiently extract minerals/metals from complex ores, while reducing waste streams
  • Create more valuable materials for use in manufacturing industries

This will enable the move to a greener, cleaner sustainable future and is a fundamental part of our global energy transition highlighted in our Critical Energy Minerals Roadmap.

For more information, please visit our Critical Minerals page.

To be considered you will need:

You will have either completed a PhD, Master of Science or Master of Engineering in a science, engineering, or research discipline and have three years relevant work experience. Or, you will have completed a PhD, Master of Science or Master of Engineering qualification within the last three years or will have a doctoral or master thesis submitted prior to commencement with CSIRO.

For Master of Science you must also hold an engineering degree. For Master of Science or Master of Engineering graduates you must also have equivalent levels of original and significant contributions to research and development to that expected of a new PhD graduate.

Your qualifications are essential for the current opportunities, but we are also looking for more unique skills to bring new ways of thinking, problem solving and leadership to contribute to CSIRO Missions and culture.

How we deliver progress and change is important.

An ability to recognise and exploit opportunities to carry out original, creative, and innovative research is essential. Your design thinking and desire to generate impact will drive creativity, innovation and evolve our approach to unlocking a better future for everyone.

By thinking beyond specific research projects to apply individual knowledge, skills, and expertise you will contribute to and support the national innovation system.

Leveraging a broad network and relationships within national, global, trans-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder environments?and collaborating with a diverse range of stakeholders, you will challenge current approaches and develop future research.

If you are seeking purpose, want to lead with vision and contribute to new research insights and future innovations, CSIRO could be the opportunity to connect with other like minds, as a trusted advisor building shared meaning and purpose.

Location: Capital city and regional locations
Salary: AU$87,068k - AU$111,165 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: 3-year term
Reference: 90153


Applications are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia. Visa sponsorship may be provided to eligible onshore candidates.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work.

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish.


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close: 30 October 2022, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

posted: 25 October 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.