Research Scientist - Spectral Scientist

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The Opportunity

  • Join the CSIRO Mineral Resources' Discovery program
  • Bring your strong understanding of spectral sensing geoscience data
  • Opportunity to receive on the job training!

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.

As a Spectral Scientist, you will have a strong understanding of spectral sensing geoscience data and experience in interpreting a range of data sets including potential field data, remote sensing data and field/laboratory observations and measurements to facilitate geological and mineral mapping.

You will be involved in projects where the integration of interpreted data in geological and mineral systems analysis will be necessary, and your capabilities will, therefore, encompass both data processing as well as strong geological understanding coupled with a general awareness of mineralisation processes. You will interpret across multiple scales on the surface and subsurface, incorporating regional scale airborne surveys and satellite data with mineralogy, geochemistry and petrophysics from drill core and field samples.

Your duties will include:

  • Capacity to collate, acquire, process, and interpret multisource geospatial data (e.g., mineralogy, geophysics, remote sensing, geochemistry).
  • Integrate datasets to create higher level geoscience products (e.g., depth to basement maps, alteration mineral maps, litho-structural maps, and 3D models).
  • Analyse geological and mineral systems at a range of scales with the focus on advancing our ability to detect mineralisation in regions of significant regolith or younger sedimentary cover.
  • Operate geoscientific instruments in the field (e.g., handheld spectroradiometers VNIR-SWIR-MIR-TIR, pXRF) and the laboratory (e.g., FTIR, SEM, XRD).
  • Draw on professional expertise, knowledge of multiple disciplines (e.g., geology, mineralogy, geophysics, geochemistry, data science) and research experience, recognise opportunities for innovation and generate new theoretical perspectives by pursuing new ideas/approaches and networking with scientific colleagues across a range of fields.
  • Other duties as directed.

Location: Kensington, Perth, WA
Salary: AU$105k to AU$114k pa + up to 15.4% super
Tenure: 3 year specified term
Reference: 90568

To be considered you will need

  1. A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as geology, mineralogy, or geophysics.
  2. Demonstrated ability to undertake original, creative, and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems.
  3. A demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications.
  4. Experience using image processing techniques to analyse and visualise geoscience data.
  5. Demonstrated ability to interrogate and apply field and laboratory spectral measurement techniques.
  6. Understanding of geological systems from regional- to deposit-scale.
  7. Ability to identify, learn and apply newly available or existing geoscience sensing techniques to geoscientific problems.


  1. Experience working in/with the minerals industry or research projects with industry support, focusing on multisource data integration.
  2. Experience with commonly used remote sensing and geophysical data (multi/hyperspectral, satellite/airborne, gamma-ray spectrometry, potential field, imaging radar, LiDAR).
  3. Experience using one or more of the following software packages: ENVI, Oasis Montaj, GoCAD, Leapfrog, ArcGIS, QGIS, ioGAS.
  4. Experience in Julia, Python, R and/or Matlab for more advanced data analytics and/or machine learning.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian/ New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa (sponsorship may be provided to eligible candidates).

The successful applicant will be required to obtain a National Police check or equivalent.

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 from diverse backgrounds and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish.


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How to Apply

Please apply online via CSIRO Careers page, and provide a cover letter addressing each of the essential criteria and a CV that best demonstrates your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close: 24 May 2023, 11:00 pm AEST

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