Project Scientist - Critical Minerals

Date: 10 May 2024

Location: Perth, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Join the CSIRO Mineral Processing Program and be a part of a large R&D project on the production of high-purity alumina
  • Work in a world class research facility
  • Full time or part time (0.8 FTE) opportunity | 2 year fixed contract


CSIRO Mineral Resources (CMR) is one of the largest minerals R&D groups in the world, with ~350 employees, and has a proud track record of supporting industrial innovation across the minerals value chain.


CMR’s Processing Program is one of the largest mineral processing R&D programs in the world, with ~100 employees, and a long and proud history of undertaking world class R&D with a very strong focus on industrial innovation via technological commercialisation.


As a Project Scientist, you will deliver into laboratory and pilot-scale research being undertaken in the Critical Minerals space. You will support the research and development of novel IP to help unlock Australian deposits and enable the production of battery-grade materials at commercial scale.  As part of a flexible and dynamic work force, the successful candidate will support different research areas as and when required


Applications are invited across two levels, the appointment level will be determined by the qualifications, skills and relevant experience of the successful candidate.

Your duties will include:

  • Under technical direction, safely carry out experiments, laboratory analyses or technical development activities (some non-routine), using a range of techniques, often working on several parallel and concurrent tasks, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Activities will vary widely and can include mineral leaching (atmospheric, pressure), roasting, solution purification (e.g. crystallisation, precipitation, ion exchange, solvent extraction), physical separation (flocculation, settling, filtration), analyses, etc.
  • Co-ordinate, produce, maintain, and abide by technical, experimental and safety documentation as appropriate.
  • Data processing, results interpretation and report writing.
  • Respond courteously and efficiently to client requests, maintaining clear communication regarding mutual expectations and monitoring client satisfaction.

For appointment at the higher salary level (CSOF4), duties will also include:

  • Safely undertake experiments, laboratory analyses or technology development activities (some non-routine) using a range of techniques, often working on several parallel and concurrent tasks, both independently and as part of a team, with a high degree of specialisation.
  • Show initiative to seek new approaches to meet experimental or technological needs when encountering new problems where methods are not well defined or established.
  • Participate in the identification and definition of research and/or technological problems with colleagues.
  • Address problems promptly and in a constructive manner.
  • Participate in planning projects and accept responsibility for scheduling and completion of major parts of the project, including evaluation of options, experimental design, data collection and analysis, user and customer research, user experience and/or software design, implementation and delivery.
  • Make significant contributions to the interpretation and communication of research or technological results and may collaborate on drafting presentations to, and/or detailed written reports for, clients and the scientific and/or technology community.


Location: Waterford, Perth, WA

Salary:  AU$70k to AU$105k pa + 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:  2 Year Specified Term until 30 June 2026

Reference:  94778

To be considered you will need:

It is highly recommended that you address the relevant Selection Criteria in your cover letter, in addition to providing your C.V. Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed. 


  • A relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent applied research or industry experience in Chemistry, Mineral Processing or Engineering.
  • A demonstrated history of maintaining health and safety requirements while working in a hazardous environment.
  • Experimental proficiency in broad range of laboratory-based procedures.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment and independently.
  • Familiarity/competency with Microsoft Office software (Excel, Word and Outlook).


For appointment at the higher capability level (CSOF4), essential criteria will also include:

  • Degree qualification and practical experience in hydrometallurgical and mineral processing activities in a research and development environment.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident or you must hold a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term (until at least 30 June 2026) without the requirement for visa sponsorship by CSIRO.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain a National Police check or equivalent.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

02 June 2024, 11:00pm AEST