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Magnetic Resonance Physicist/Scientist

Date: 23-Dec-2020

Location: Sydney, NSW, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity

  • Immerse Yourself in an Inclusive Culture
  • Use your Skills and Make an Impact on CSIROs Magnetic Resonance Development Team!
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's Premier Science and Technology Research Organisation


CSIRO Mineral Resources’ Magnetic Resonance Development Team are looking to appoint a Magnetic Resonance Physicist/Scientist to work in the Lucas Heights laboratory located on the southern edge of Sydney. The Magnetic Resonance Physicist/Scientist will perform research to develop novel magnetic resonance (MR)-based on-line instruments to solve a range of challenging, real-world problems in the mining industry. A significant on-going project includes the development of magnetic resonance analysers for rapid measurement of minerals in bulk ores. The Magnetic Resonance Physicist/Scientist will also contribute to existing projects related to field prototypes of large-scale MR sensors in industry. 


The position offers considerable variety, tackling scientific, engineering and logistical challenges. The Magnetic Resonance Physicist/Scientist is encouraged to use or develop their own skills and expertise to contribute to existing projects and to contribute to new capability development in the MR research area. Such areas currently include low-field NMR and high-power radiofrequency techniques. The position would ideally suit a person with an excellent theoretical understanding of physics concepts and an interest in developing ideas to move from the laboratory to industry applications. Significant work will involve planning experiments and operating MR systems in the laboratory.


Your duties will include:

  • Appropriating existing experimental methods, and creating new ones, to measure minerals using MR or other spectroscopies.
  • Using skills in radiofrequency measurement and analysis, such as assembly and design of radiofrequency circuits, to create new methods to measure minerals.
  • Using a deep knowledge of solid-state and experimental physics to prototype and develop novel analysers to detect minerals.
  • Managing scientific projects with industrial clients in the analysis of mineral samples.
  • Assessing prototypes in field trials at mineral plants.
  • Understanding and operating CSIRO custom-built magnetic resonance spectrometers.
  • Contributing to existing projects relating to large-scale, field deployable MR systems.
  • Using computer modelling to validate experimental results.
  • Using and understanding electromagnetic and solid-state physics models to explain experimental data.
  • Exploring opportunities for sensing methodology and technology improvements.
  • Taking part in technology field trials in Australia and overseas.
  • Other duties as directed.


Location:      Lucas Heights (Sydney), NSW  
Salary:          AU$83K - AU$94K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Specified Term of 3 years (Full-time)
Reference:    70989


To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant Masters’ Degree or equivalent experience in Physics, Physical Sciences or Engineering.
  • Excellent experimental and measurement skills and an expert-level understanding of a spectroscopy.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently deliver assigned research project objectives and report outcomes within a specified timeframe.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, including working constructively with research scientists, engineers, support staff and/or client personnel.
  • Interest in applying scientific problem solving and research to solve practical problems in industry.
  • Familiarity with MATLAB software or other programming languages.
  • Willing and able to travel within Australia and overseas for periods of 2-4 weeks at a time, and to participate in field trials in remote locations (COVID-19-permitting).


For details about who to contact and for more information please view the Position Description



The successful applicant will be required to pass the ANSTO security clearance. 


Flexible Working Arrangements

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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

23:59 AEDT 27th January 2021