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Research Engineer

Date: 08-Sep-2022

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity



•    Apply your research skills in chemical/ process engineering across a wide range of projects

•    Collaborate regularly with multi-disciplinary teams of scientists

•    Join CSIRO - Australia's National Science and Innovation Agency!

CSIRO’s Manufacturing research is based on multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering capabilities and uses world-class infrastructure. We partner with the industry to develop innovative products and processes that allow Australian manufacturers to be globally competitive and environmentally sustainable.
As a Research Scientist/ Engineer, you’ll be joining the Continuous Chemical Processing team to support a critical research activity by designing, building, commissioning and testing the Demonstrator Scale hydrogen reformer unit and work within CSIRO’s FLoWorks facility.
In this role you will have the opportunity to contribute to other projects in our Ending Plastic Waste initiative, such as the Depolymerization of Plastic Waste, and projects investigating the synthesis of sustainable aviation fuels using mobile container plants.
Under the able guidance of senior scientists and engineers, you’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate your scientific knowledge and skills to help convert the existing manufacturing procedures to more efficient continuous flow processes or establish new chemical synthesis routes as continuous flow processes.



Your duties will include:


•    Delivering practical manufacturing solutions for the nominated products to industrial clients.
•    Developing new processes for preparing chemicals and polymers on scale, using continuous flow chemical processing techniques.
•    Assisting research chemists in planning and performing chemical reactions on scale, including separation and purification
•    Overseeing the operation of chemical reactor and downstream processing equipment.
•    Undertaking general maintenance of lab- and pilot-scale reactor equipment and coordinating the repair of and ordering of replacement parts for any upgrades to said equipment.
•    Providing supervision and coaching to students and technical staff contributing independently as well as a team of diverse specialists, maintaining a strong commitment to team-based processes and outcomes.


Location:  Clayton, VIC

Salary:  AU$102,724 - AU$111,165 Per annum plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:  Indefinite / Full time

Reference:  87708



To be considered you will need:


•    A M.Eng. or PhD (or an equivalent qualification and research experience) in a relevant field such as Chemical Engineering or Process Engineering.
•    Demonstrated experience in using continuous flow processing.
•    Demonstrated experience of chemical processes in pilot-/production-scale, including knowledge of the advantages of continuous flow compared to batch processing.
•    ES Demonstrated use of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software for the design of chemical reactors.
•    Knowledge and use of characterization and analysis techniques used in the chemicals and polymers industry. For example, but not limited to, NMR, IR, mass spectrometry, Raman, UV, ELS, GPC, HPLC, GC

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



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

Appointment to this role is subject to the provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.


To enter a CSIRO site, CSIRO will require you to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (or show a valid medical exemption from vaccination). If you are unable to meet this requirement, then you must return a negative result on a Rapid Antigen Test (within 48 hours prior to attending site) and wear a face mask whilst on the CSIRO site. These requirements apply if you are attending a CSIRO site as part of a recruitment process.

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!

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

Monday 10th October 11:00 pm AEDT