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Senior Research Scientist/Engineer - CFD Modelling

Date: 05-Oct-2022

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Modelling experience
  • Full-time opportunity with access to flexible working arrangements
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's National Science and Innovation Agency


CSIRO’s Mineral Resources is 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. We apply our expert knowledge and specialised research to deliver innovation that solves the challenging, complex problems faced by minerals companies, mining equipment, technology and services (METS) companies, government, and other industry stakeholders.

As a Senior Research Scientist/Engineer – Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Modeller you’ll be a part of Mineral Resources’ CFD team that develops and applies multiphase CFD models to a range of multiphase mineral processing, energy, and metal production unit operations with the aim of improving process efficiency and developing new processes. You’ll be conducting, coordinating, and leading cutting-edge research in the development and application of CFD models to a range of mineral processing and other unit operations.

What is so exciting about this role? You’ll have the exposure to work on both projects for external clients and in collaboration with CSIRO’s internal research teams with a limitless opportunity to share your expertise and learn on the way.

Your duties will include:

  • Participating in research directed towards improving processes and equipment for the minerals and other processing industries.
  • Developing multi-phase computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models of equipment used in the minerals and related process industries and carrying out simulations using these models.
  • Analysing, interpreting and reporting the results of CFD simulations in a clear and concise manner.
  • Preparing industry reports, conference presentations and journal papers detailing the work and participating in presentations to the industry as appropriate.
  • Developing and performing CFD simulations to assist in improving and developing new and existing processes and/or equipment.
  • Leading and supervising staff and students to ensure projects are established in accordance with client requirements and are completed within the agreed timeframes and budget.


Location: Clayton, Melbourne, VIC

Salary: AU$117k – AU$138k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite / Full-time

Reference: 87817

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as Mechanical or Chemical Engineering.
  • Demonstrated conceptual and practical knowledge and skills in multiphase CFD modelling and model development.
  • Proven experience in applying CFD software such as ANSYS-CFX, Fluent and OpenFOAM to solve multiphase problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and apply CFD models to generate innovative solutions to industrially relevant problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake and lead original, creative and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific and industrial research problems.
  • Demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and/or reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications.


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


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens; Australian Permanent Residents and/or Australian Temporary Residents, as well as overseas applicants. Sponsorship may be provided by CSIRO to the eligible candidate if required.

Appointment to this role is subject to the 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!

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

13 October 2022, 11:00pm AEST