First listed on: 25 January 2019

Research Scientist - Ore Deposit Geologist 

  • Lead and participate in research projects and unravelling ore forming processes!
  • Develop new tools and techniques for the exploration and mining industry!
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science and technology research organisation!

The role of Research Scientist Staff in CSIRO is to conduct innovative research leading to scientific achievements that are aligned with CSIRO's strategies. You may be engaged in scientific activity ranging from fundamental research to the investigation of specific industry or community problems.  You will have the opportunity to build and maintain networks, play a lead role in securing project funds, provide scientific leadership and pursue new ideas and approaches that create new concepts. You may be involved in leading research projects or undertaking work that has impact on the development of scientific or technical knowledge.

As a research scientist within Mineral Resource you will undertake research aimed at advancing our capability to map the 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 mining and exploration industry. 

Your duties will include

  • Use metamorphic petrology, mineral chemistry, geochemistry and geological observations to understand magmatic and hydrothermal ore deposits, particularly Cu-hosted systems.
  • Establish microanalytical techniques as well as develop analytical protocols and workflows incorporating emerging techniques like micro-XRF mapping, LIBS and laser ablation, to analyse major and trace element compositions of rocks and minerals from a range of ore systems.
  • Incorporate novel approaches to scientific investigations by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas for new, existing and further research.
  • Work and develop projects that delivers high-impact research with strategic relevance to the Minerals industry.

Location:       Kensington (Perth), Australia
Tenure:          Specified term of 3 years
Salary:           AU$97K – AU$105K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:    59994

To be successful you will need

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all selection criteria can be appointed.

  • A doctorate and/or equivalent research experience in the field of geosciences, along with a record of capability to write high quality reports and/or publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • Experience of GIS and/or other geoscience-related software packages, as well as application of field techniques for real-time analyses.
  • An understanding of thermodynamics, and expertise in petrology, multi-element geochemistry, mineralogy and mineral chemistry with experience of using multiscale datasets to develop geological models.
  • The ability to apply studies of microscale processes to exploration for ore systems
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a multi-disciplinary research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research, to achieve organisational goals.
  • A significant record of science innovation and creativity plus the ability to apply well developed research skills to scientific investigations.
  • Experience working in the minerals industry or in research projects with industry support, particular interest in work experience relevant to one or more of the following focus areas:  Au and or Cu – Au (Hydrothermal/ magmatic), Sedimentary Copper, Supergene processes.

For more information please view the Position Description. 
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Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

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To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close

Monday, 11th March, 2019.

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