Ore Deposit Research Scientist - Supergene deposits - REQ 91399

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The Opportunity

  • Apply your expertise in iron ore, Nickel and Cobalt laterite research
  • Work with multidisciplinary teams to deliver innovative solutions across the mineral resources value chain
  • Join the CSIRO CMR Discovery Program - a diverse team working together on applied research to deliver impact in mineral exploration

The role of Research Scientist/Engineer staff is to conduct innovative research leading to scientific achievements that are aligned with CSIRO's strategies. The Research Scientist/Engineer may be engaged in scientific activity ranging from fundamental research to the investigation of specific industry or community problems. CSIRO Mineral Resources (CMR) is one of the largest minerals research and development groups globally, with a proud track record in delivering innovation and solutions across the mineral resources value chain. We thrive on innovation harnessed by the diversity of the minds and lived experiences of our team and apply our expert knowledge and specialised research to provide innovation that solves the complex problems faced by minerals companies, mining equipment, technology, and services (METS) companies, government, and other industry stakeholders.

The CMR Discovery Program aims to be a truly diverse team that reflects the diversity that we see in society, and comprises an enthusiastic multidisciplinary team of STEM researchers, all focused on developing new technologies and concepts for exploration through cover and advancing orebody knowledge. As a research scientist within Mineral Resources, you will undertake research aimed at advancing our capability to map and interpret the mineralogy and chemistry of mineral systems, the controls on metal transport and the processes of mineral deposition within mineral systems, while developing applications to mineral exploration. The position will support CSIRO Mineral's growing commitment to map systems at all scales in collaboration with the Australian exploration and mining industry.

Your duties will include:

  • Communicate effectively and respectfully in the interests of good business practice, collaboration, and enhancement of CSIRO's reputation.
  • Incorporate novel approaches to scientific investigations by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas for new, existing, and further research.
  • Operate mineralogical, spectral, and geochemical analytical equipment in the field and laboratory.
  • Produce high quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals and for presentation at national and international conferences.
  • Work collaboratively and honestly with internal and external colleagues, clients, and partners to develop and progress challenging but realistic research plans for a range of research projects.
  • Assist with elements of larger projects including the negotiation of resource requirements, as well as lead, coach and supervise staff to ensure experiments are established in accordance with research design, within agreed timelines and budget.
  • Adhere to the spirit and practice of CSIRO's Values, Health, Safety and Environment plans and policies, Diversity initiatives and Zero Harm goals.
  • Work and develop projects that delivers high-impact research with strategic relevance to the Minerals industry.
  • Foster collaboration and interactions between scientists and clients, matching client needs with research outcomes.
  • Other duties as directed.

Location: Perth, WA
Salary: AU$105,806 - AU$114,500 pa +up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 Years/Full-time
Reference: 91399

To be considered you will need


Under CSIRO policy only those who meet most, or all essential criteria can be appointed.

  • Motivated and enthusiastic scientist with a passion for research in the iron ore and, Nickel and Cobalt laterite research space.
  • A doctorate and/or equivalent research experience in the field of geosciences with post PhD experience, along with a record of capability to write high quality reports and/or publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • A thorough understanding and practical usage of mineralogical, chemical, and petrological techniques from the nano, micro, meso to field scales including FIB-SEM, TEM, SIMS, scanning electron microscopy (TIMA or equivalent), electron microprobe, X-ray diffraction, Raman and reflectance spectroscopies, a good knowledge in iron, oxygen and hydrogen isotopes as well as dating techniques such as U-Th/He and U/Pb.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a multi-disciplinary research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research, to achieve organisational goals.
  • Experience working in research projects with industry support, particularly in work experience relevant to iron ore and nickel-cobalt laterite systems.


  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and uncertainty, to work collaboratively, be self-motivated and to demonstrate initiative.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to all 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: Tuesday 14th March, 11:00 pm AEDT.

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