X-Ray Systems Project Scientist

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Sydney, Australia

Job posting number: #7236892 (Ref:cj_96292)

Posted: April 19, 2024

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The opportunity


  • Apply your background in physics and experimental work into real innovative projects
  • Join our multi-disciplinary team and enhance your skills & experience in X-ray technologies!
  • Great opportunity to grow your career in science with CSIRO – Australia’s National Science Agency!


CSIRO’s Mineral Resources unit are one of the largest minerals research and development groups in the world, with a proud track record in delivering innovation and solutions across the mineral resources value chain. Our Sensing and Sorting Program is a pioneer at developing advanced X-ray, radio frequency and other sensing methods for real time analysis of elements and minerals.


As an X-Ray Systems Project Scientist, you will join our specialised and multi-disciplinary ‘X-Ray Technologies’ research group that develops and advances X-ray analysis systems through basic research, laboratory experiments and development of prototypes. You will play an essential role in supporting our senior scientists and research teams in the development and testing of our new Mineral and Elemental Analyzer (MEA) technology, by conducting laboratory trials, measuring sample sets from a processing plant, performing data analysis, and collaborating with scientists to accurately record, report and communicate results. Bringing your knowledge of physics concepts, your background in designing and conducting experiments, and your passion to grow your skills & experience in the field, you will help enhance CSIRO’s capabilities in XRD-based technologies and development of new innovations in future.


If you are a motivated Project Scientist, with an aptitude for meticulous measurement and the capability to grow in a multi-disciplinary team, enjoy participating in experimental and laboratory work, and interested in building your career with an esteemed R&D organisation, we would love to hear from you! Here at CSIRO, we provide a diverse and inclusive culture, support flexible work arrangements, and offer you excellent professional development opportunities to grow your skills & career!

Your duties will include:

  • Conducting tests of the laboratory systems/prototypes on suites of mineral samples (this will involve preparation of the samples and routine sample testing).
  • Analysing and interpreting data, drawing conclusions, and presenting findings.
  • Collaborating with team members to plan and execute project tasks.
  • Clearly communicating research findings, project updates, and technical information to various audiences.
  • Writing reports for internal and external audiences.
  • Assisting the Senior Scientists with testing commissioning, fault finding of laboratory systems and prototypes.
  • Ensuring compliance with project requirements, regulations, and safety protocols, as well as maintaining documentation and records related to the project.


Location: Lucas Heights (Sydney), NSW

Salary: AU$70K – AU$90K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified Term of 3 years

Reference: 96292

To be considered you will need:

  • A tertiary degree in physical sciences or equivalent, ideally at honours level.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and conducting experiments, collecting and analysing data, and interpreting results.
  • Working knowledge of a programming/scripting language.
  • Ability to plan laboratory experiments and use experimental apparatus or instrumentation.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to critically evaluate scientific information.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including working constructively with research scientists, engineers, support staff and/or client personnel.
  • Ability to travel to and attend client sites in Australia or oversees with other team members for selected technology trial support duties.


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


To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be either an:

  • Australian or New Zealand Citizen;
  • Australian Permanent Resident; or
  • Australian Temporary Resident, currently residing in Australia, with an existing valid visa and unrestricted work rights for the duration of the term (at least until August 2027) and no requirement for visa sponsorship. Please note this does not include bridging visas or other visas that are dependent upon the approval of future visas.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements. The successful candidate will also be required to obtain and maintain a ANSTO security clearance to be allowed to enter CSIRO Lucas Heights site that is located at ANSTO.

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.


Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

19 May 2024, 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.

We’re working hard to build a safe and welcoming culture where people can bring their whole selves to work. Valuing and enabling difference empowers our people, unlocking their potential to innovate and shape the future for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today. We're the people that stay awake solving the world’s big questions. This is true of our science and of our people. Our mission is to create benefit for Australia through impactful science and innovation but we know that that's not possible without an inclusive and diverse culture. We're working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

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