Research Scientist/Engineer - Geological Storage of CO2 & Hydrogen

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The Opportunity
  • Bring your reservoir engineering expertise into a critical experimental role
  • Work on large multi-faceted projects with access to world-class infrastructure
  • Grow your research career with CSIRO – Australia’s National Science Agency!

Do you have experience and knowledge in both core flooding and reservoir flow simulation and get motivated by tackling complex and integrated experimental challenges? We are currently seeking a skilled Reservoir Engineer/Scientist to join our dynamic ‘CSIRO Energy’ team in Perth, and it could be the next career step you’re looking for!

Reservoir engineering and science work at CSIRO involves research into injectivity, migration and trapping for geological carbon storage, and storage of future fuels including hydrogen. We also perform research into other forms of subsurface geological storage, such as hydrogen, nuclear and compressed air. Our research in this field creates impact in decarbonisation of the economy to support Australian government and industry in achieving net zero emissions. CSIRO is home to world-class laboratories and research infrastructure, which are focused on delivering R&D solutions to enable safe, commercial-scale storage of carbon dioxide and low-emissions fuels.

Joining our ‘Reservoir Productivity’ team, you will play a key role in developing analytical and decision-making capability, based on your understanding of CO2 rock fluid behaviour at core and field scales. You will have been actively involved in a range of projects to characterize reservoir injectivity and will bring your domain knowledge & practical expertise to confidently manage research in collaboration with industry partners. You will manage the core flooding facilities at CSIRO’s ARRC laboratories and have the primary responsibility for design and delivery of lab experiments as well as supervise and upskill lab technicians and junior researchers when required. In this ongoing role, you will have opportunities to collaborate with a range of stakeholders, including other science leaders within CSIRO’s Energy Resources Research Program as well as industry and government. This position is a critical role within our program and provides a great platform to advance your experimental and flow modelling skills to progress your research career.

If you enjoy experimental work, forming collaborative partnerships, bringing a fresh perspective to research initiatives, and making a real difference with your work, this would be an exciting and fulfilling role for you! CSIRO champions a diverse and inclusive culture, supports flexible work arrangements, and offers excellent professional development opportunities to grow your skills & career.

Your duties will include:
  • Undertaking research on CO2 sequestration and subsurface hydrogen storage with a focus on injectivity and rock fluid interactions at lab scale and modelling the dynamic behaviour on a reservoir/field scale.
  • Developing novel experimental procedures using core flooding equipment, often with medical X-Ray CT scanning, as well as exploring integration opportunities with other laboratory equipment such as NMR, micro-CT scanning etc.
  • Acting as a trusted advisor and providing advice to CSIRO’s ‘CarbonLock Future Science Platform’ related to mineralisation of CO2, and to CSIRO’s ‘Hydrogen Energy Systems Future Science Platform’.
  • Undertaking core flooding experiments whenever necessary, and upskilling/training technicians and junior researchers on the use of the equipment.
  • Undertaking numerical reservoir simulation using industry-recognised compositional simulator software to forecast CO2 storage behaviour.
  • Contributing to and/or leading aspects of scientific projects, including the written and oral communication of results and their implications.

Location: Perth, WA

Salary: AU$121K – AU$142K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite; Full-time

Reference: 93640

To be considered you will need:
  • A PhD, or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience, in a relevant field such as petroleum engineering, geoscience, material science, or closely related field.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in performing core flooding experiments specifically with CO2 injection.
  • Proven track record in numerical modelling, with proficiency in reservoir simulators used by industry such as CMG, Eclipse, Intersect, RMT, Tempest, etc.
  • Experience in developing and leading projects (and/or activities within larger projects), including effectively managing resources and delivery of key outputs.
  • Evidence of strong scientific output, and an emerging national or international reputation, in reservoir engineering, porous media or a closely related field, through extensive publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain stakeholder/collaborator relationships.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, including working constructively with colleagues, collaborators and/or clients.

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


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents, or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term (visa sponsorship and relocation assistance may be provided to the successful candidate if required).

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

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How to Apply

Please apply online, and provide a detailed cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role. Please note that we strongly encourage you to respond to each of the selection criteria in detail, and attach it to your cover letter as one document.

Applications Close

3 September 2023, 11:00pm AEST

We strongly encourage you to apply early as we will be reviewing applications as they come through. CSIRO reserves the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date if required.

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