Principal Research Scientist: Environmental Remediation

Date: 8 Feb 2024

Location: Adelaide, SA, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

  • Strategic Principal Scientist role within the Industry Environments Program
  • Contribute to the continued success of CSIRO’s Contaminants and Mitigation Group
  • Ensure the sustainability of Australia’s industries and protection of environmental health


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. 


The Industry Environments Program in CSIRO’s Environments Business Unit delivers environmental management and biotechnology solutions to ensure industry sustainability, clean productive futures, reduced environmental legacy, effective mitigation strategies and protection of human heath, and the environment.


A Principal Research Scientist is required to ensure the continued success of the Contaminants and Mitigation Group in the Industry Environments Program. 

This role will deliver integrated science and technologies for the management of contaminants of concern in Australian environments to enable sustainable developments and stewardship of land, water, ecosystems, and communities. 


The position will deliver critical science and trusted advice to government agencies, industries, and community on novel technologies in remediation of organic contaminants of concerns in the Australian environment. The position will be based at the Waite Campus, Adelaide, Australia. 

Your duties will include:


Depending on the level of appointment, you will be responsible for a range of activities including:

  • Initiation, development, and management of projects to deliver science and impact on the management of organic contaminants of concern in Australian environments for responsible and sustainable industries and protection of human and environmental health.
  • Undertake leading edge scientific research and maintain active collaborations in order to access/share leading edge concepts and technology to advance project goals.
  • Identify and secure projects with clients and collaborators to understand and address national and international environmental contaminant management challenges. 
  • Engage and communicate with key clients and organizations to identify challenges, prioritise science and deliver impact for a range of stakeholders.
  • Work collaboratively as part of collaborative and multi-disciplinary teams to successfully deliver science and impact.
  • Publish research finding in national and international recognised journals and communicate findings to a range of internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Provide supervision and support to staff to successfully achieve project deliverables and outcomes.
  • Undertake project risk assessments as required to identify hazards and risk mitigation measures and comply with safe operating procedures to work safely without compromising own and others’ safety.


Location: Waite Campus, Adelaide

Salary: *AU$121k - AU$161k per annum Plus, up to 15.4% superannuation
*NB: This position is offered across two levels, the appointment level will be determined by the qualifications, skills and relevant experience of the successful candidate

Tenure: Indefinite / Full-time

Reference: 90996

To be considered you will need:

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



  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications or industry experience) in a relevant field such as environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, or environmental management.
  • Experience in securing, leading, and managing remediation research and/or projects for management of organic contaminants of concern in the environment. 
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake original, creative, and innovative research on novel techniques and technologies for the remediation of organic contaminants in the environment.
  • Ability to think strategically for better decision making and impact.    
  • An ability to effectively communicate research findings (oral and written) to a range of stakeholders.
  • National and/or international networks in the relevant field.
  • The ability to work effectively independently or as part of a multi-disciplinary project team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  • Experience in responsible and ethical behaviour in research, inclusiveness, and work health and safety practices and procedures.  



  • National and/or international networks in the relevant field.


For full details about this role please review the position description.


Applications for this position are open to all 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. 

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

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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

Tuesday 12th March 2024, 11:00 pm AEDT.