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Ore Body Specialist

Date: 03-Aug-2022

Location: Perth, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Use a wide range of analytical methods to recover and measure orebody parameters of relevance to resource exploration and production.
  • Develop methods to fuse a wide range of geoscience data to progress the formulation of ore body models.
  • Bring your expertise to the CSIRO Mineral Resources Discovery program and create a dynamic career path in this exiting role


CSIRO Mineral Resources (CMR) is one of the largest minerals research and development groups globally, with a proud track record in delivering innovation and solutions across the mineral resources value chain. We thrive on innovation harnessed by the diversity of the minds and lived experiences of our team and apply our expert knowledge and specialised research to provide innovation that solves the complex problems faced by minerals companies, mining equipment, technology, and services (METS) companies, government, and other industry stakeholders. The CMR Discovery Program aims to be a truly diverse team that reflects the diversity that we see in society, and comprises an enthusiastic multidisciplinary team of STEM researchers, all focused on developing new technologies and concepts for exploration through cover and advancing orebody knowledge.


As the Ore Body Specialist – Mineral Systems you will have experience in characterising mineralisation using a range of different techniques to select, apply and develop appropriate methodologies to recover ore body parameters of relevance to exploration and production and ultimately have the opportunity to fuse a wide range of geoscience data to progress the formulation of deposit models.


In addition to ore body characterisation, the role will also involve deployment in a wide range of projects driven by research needs. It is anticipated that you will have the opportunity play a key role in integrating information from other sources of information such as geophysical data to develop new methods of ore body characterisation.

Your duties will include:

  • Identify, refine and develop methodologies to holistically characterise an orebody.
  • Independently design and perform analytical work using appropriate methods and workflows to optimally characterise an orebody.
  • Integrate and interpret analytical, geological and geophysical data to develop static and ultimately genetic orebody models for a range of deposits.
  • Undertake field work in remote areas when required.
  • Play a significant role in communicating research or technological results in internal and external forums and, where applicable, contribute to and/or generate scientific papers.
  • Initiate and maintain collaborative relationships with researchers internally and with external groups such as government, universities, and industry.
  • Other duties as directed


Location: Kensington, Perth, WA

Salary:  AU$102k to AU$111k pa + up to 15.4% super

Tenure:  3 year specified term

Reference:  85373

To be considered you will need:


  1. A PhD degree and a minimum of 3 years post-PhD experience in the geosciences or equivalent applied research/industry experience.
  2. A proven track record around using a diverse range of analytical methods including but not limited to Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Raman Spectroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Micro X-ray Fluorescence Microscopy (XFM), Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasms Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) and Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS).
  3. Demonstrated ability to identify, design and execute appropriate analytical approaches and workflows to optimally characterise an orebody.
  4. Understanding of the formation, architecture and derivation of the exploration and production relevant properties of Ni, REE, PGE’s, Au, Zn, Cu, Pb deposits.
  5. Experience with the use of isotope geochemistry methods in the context of resource characterisation for exploration and production.




  1. Competency in electron probe microanalysis (EPMA), electron backscatter diffraction analysis (EBSD), Focussed Ion Beam (FIB), and X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRD).
  2. Understanding of black smoker pipe type deposits and the interdependence between hydrothermal vent microbial communities and the chemical processes related to the interaction of seawater and magma.
  3. Experience working in/with the minerals industry or research projects with industry support, focusing on multi-scale data integration for mineral exploration.


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, Australian Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa (sponsorship may be provided to eligible 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!

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

04 September 2022, 11:00 pm AEST