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Future Science Platforms

Date: 20-Jun-2022

Location: Adelaide, SA, AU Newcastle, NSW, AU Townsville, QLD, AU Armidale, NSW, AU Boorowa, NSW, AU Albury, NSW, AU Narrabri, NSW, AU Alice Springs, NT, AU Atherton, QLD, AU Gatton, QLD, AU Irymple, VIC, AU Bribie Island, QLD, AU Murchison, WA, AU Hobart, TAS, AU Brisbane, QLD, AU Coonabarrabran, NSW, AU Woodstock, QLD, AU Perth, WA, AU Geraldton, WA, AU Toowoomba, QLD, AU Parkes, NSW, AU Forest Hill, QLD, AU Weipa, QLD, AU Sydney, NSW, AU Dalby, QLD, AU Coopers Plains, QLD, AU Geelong, VIC, AU New Norcia, WA, AU Canberra, ACT, AU Wodonga, VIC, AU Griffith, NSW, AU Darwin, NT, AU Cairns, QLD, AU Melbourne, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

The Opportunity

CSIRO’s Future Science Platforms (FSPs) are a rare opportunity to turn Australia’s future challenges into opportunities and invent a better future for us all.  


Our FSPs highlight the diversity of research across CSIRO, from Space Technology and Deep Earth Imaging to Collaborative Intelligence, Autonomous Sensors, Microbiomes and Quantum Technology.   


Each FSP is an investment in science that underpins innovation and that has the potential to help reinvent and create new industries for Australia. FSPs will see us grow the capability of a new generation of researchers and allow Australia to attract the best experts to work with us on future science. 


We need early to mid-career researchers in science and engineering, including digital, social and economic sciences, to solve impossible problems and advance the frontiers of our research. We’re particularly looking for people with innovation skills to develop, extend and translate breakthroughs and technologies to research outcomes that can make a difference in the world.   


We also welcome applications from candidates with a background in computer and data sciences who are passionate about applying those skills to help to solve FSP challenges.  


You need to clearly state in your application the Future Science Platforms you seek to contribute to.   


For more information on the FSP Program go to  

To be considered you will need:

You will have either completed a PhD, Master of Science or Master of Engineering in a science, engineering, or research discipline and have three years relevant work experience. Or, you will have completed a completed a PhD, Master of Science or Master of Engineering qualification within the last three years or will have a doctoral or master thesis submitted prior to commencement with CSIRO.  


For Master of Science you must also hold an engineering degree. For Master of Science or Master of Engineering graduates you must also have equivalent levels of original and significant contributions to research and development to that expected of a new PhD graduate.    


Your qualifications are essential for the current opportunities, but we are also looking for more unique skills to bring new ways of thinking, problem solving and leadership to contribute to CSIRO  culture.  


How we deliver progress and change is important.  


An ability to recognise and exploit opportunities to carry out original, creative, and innovative research is essential. Your design thinking and desire to generate impact will drive creativity, innovation and evolve our approach to unlocking a better future for everyone.  


By thinking beyond specific research projects to apply individual knowledge, skills, and expertise you will contribute to and support the national innovation system.  


Leveraging a broad network and relationships within national, global, trans-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder environments and collaborating with a diverse range of stakeholders, you will challenge current approaches and develop future research.  


If you are seeking purpose, want to lead with vision and contribute to new research insights and future innovations, CSIRO could be the opportunity to connect with other like minds, as a trusted advisor building shared meaning and purpose.  


Location: Capital city and regional locations 

Salary: AU$87,068k – AU$111,165 plus up to 15.4% superannuation 

Tenure: 3-year term  

Reference: 85821 

What we need from you

Work history and qualifications are only one part of your story. We want to know what motivates you to join us and how we can support you to realise your promise and potential.  


The questions below are mandatory in helping us understand what you are looking for and must be included in a cover letter to show us why the development of CSIRO’s Future Science Platforms would be impossible without you.  


  1. How will your research align with your chosen Future Science Platform and commitment to solving science’s greatest challenges?  

  2. What are your unique attributes and skills which will contribute to unlocking a better world for everyone?  

  3. What culture and research environment will help you reach your potential and what do you need from CSIRO to help you get there? 

  1. Please provide a summary of your technical skills. 


Applications are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia. Visa sponsorship may be provided to eligible onshore candidates.  


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. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

Applications Close

17 July 2022, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT