Chemical/Environmental Engineer - Water Remediation Research

Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU

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The Opportunity

  • Conduct research in water treatment, remediation and reuse, emission mitigation, dust/particulate control and waste minimisation and re-utilisation
  • Address environmental issues in the mining industry and support the transformation towards a sustainable mining future
  • Deliver world-class research that provides innovative solutions for industry, government and the community

CSIRO is Australia’s National Science Agency and is one of the world’s largest and most successful publicly funded research and development organisations. We deliver world-class science and outcome-focused research that generates economic, environmental, and social benefits for Australia in a global context. We have improved the lives of many around the world through our research and developments including BARLEYmax, WiFi, the Hendra virus vaccine, advances in atmospheric dynamics and predictability, simulations of marine ecosystems dynamics, and the Total Wellbeing Diet.

CSIRO’s Mineral Resources business unit delivers breakthrough science and innovation to create a more productive, sustainable and globally competitive mining and mineral resources industry for the benefit of Australia and the world. We apply our expert knowledge and specialised research to deliver innovation that solves the challenging, complex problems faced by minerals companies, mining equipment, technology and services (METS) companies, government, and other industry stakeholders. Our innovation unlocks the value of Australia's natural resource base and delivers a more productive, lower cost, socially and environmentally responsible global minerals industry.

The Environment and Sustainability team is focused on studying emerging science and developing cutting-edge technologies to address environmental issues in the mining industry and support the industry transformation towards sustainable future. The team’s research activities have strong focus towards current industry needs and are directly aligned towards strategic direction of circular economy and Net Zero Emissions.

As the Environmental/Chemical Engineer, you will conduct diverse research & development activities in water treatment, remediation and reuse, emission mitigation, dust/particulate control and waste minimisation and re-utilisation. You will work on research projects in the areas of water and wastewater treatment and reuse, and environmental remediation; with the aim to develop fit-to-purpose innovative and impactful technologies for effective water management and resource recovery in mining, minerals and other industry sectors to achieve environmental sustainability impacts. You will collaborate with other Scientists, Industry and Government representatives, communities and other research collaborators in the strategically important Water Remediation Research.

Your duties will include:

  • The position will be regularly required to work in laboratory testing environment, pilot plant facilities, industrial and remote field environments and is required to follow all safety requirements according to CSIRO and onsite safe work policies.
  • Work collaboratively within the multidisciplinary team internally and with external stakeholders.
  • Travel to mines, industrial sites and remote communities for field sampling and pilot plant operations.
  • Design and development of pilot and industrial scale water treatment systems.
  • Develop and assist with the preparation of safety related documentation and project plans, pilot scale unit operation and maintenance as required to support successful project delivery.
  • Carry out laboratory experiments including materials synthesis and characterisation, operate water analytical instruments and bench scale testing.
  • Collect, interpret and manage data including real-time data from control & monitoring systems.
  • Develop and assist with preparation of project proposals, project technical reports and manuals, patents, and publications.

Location: Pullenvale, Queensland
Salary: AU$105k – AU$114k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 94879

To be considered you will need:

Essential Criteria

  • Tertiary/PhD in Chemical or Environmental Engineering or other related Science fields with minimum 2 yrs relevant experience.
  • Experience and knowledge in water treatment operation and practices with strong experience in biological and nature based water treatment processes.
  • Clear understanding of fundamental unit operations with heat and mass transfer principles.
  • Skills and experience in materials chemistry, synthesis and characterisation.
  • Demonstrated leadership and project team management skills to deliver research outcomes on time.


  • Previous experience in field sampling and/or industrial water treatment applications.
  • Competency in the water analytical instrument operation.
  • Experience in using process simulation software (e.g. HYSYS, Pro-Treat, UniSim).
  • Techno economic evaluation and life cycle assessment capabilities.
  • Experience with emission reduction studies or practices.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents. 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.

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

CSIRO is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people involved in our activities and programs, whether we are undertaking research, engaging with the public or nurturing future scientists in person or online. Source – CSIRO Child Safe policy 2023

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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

3rd December 2023, 11:00pm AEDT

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