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Prototype Development Magnetic Resonance Scientist

Date: 11-Jan-2023

Location: Sydney, NSW, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • ​​​​​​Bring your expertise, experimental skills and theoretical understanding of physics concepts
  • Join the CSIRO Sensing and Sorting Research Program and contribute to accelerating our research agenda
  • Opportunity to tackle a variety of scientific and engineering challenges


Are you an early to mid-career scientist interested in joining the CSIRO Mineral Resources’ Magnetic Resonance Development team? We have an exciting opportunity at the Lucas Heights laboratory located in Southern Sydney.


The CSIRO Sensing and Sorting research program develops world-leading technology that is deployed in the Australian and global mining industry. Our Magnetic Resonance Research team is actively developing advanced sensing prototypes for commercialisation in areas of high industry need. This position is aimed at accelerating our research agenda through delivery of advanced, market ready measurement systems.


As the Prototype Development Magnetic Resonance Scientist, and with guidance, you will use your knowledge of physics to lead the development of novel magnetic resonance (MR)-based or potentially other electromagnetic (EM) based on-line instruments to solve a range of challenging, real-world problems in the mining industry.


Reporting to the team leader, you will take independent responsibility for some key aspects of the research and will possess a drive to see implementation through to product in a CSIRO commercialisation initiative.

Your duties will include:


  • Designing and prototyping industrial spectrometers with team support.
  • Using computer modelling to validate experimental results.
  • Operating CSIRO custom-built magnetic resonance spectrometers.
  • Collecting data, analysis of data and report writing.
  • Using and understanding electromagnetic and solid-state physics models to explain experimental data.
  • Taking part in technology field trials in Australia and overseas.
  • Liaise with clients to determine their needs and take personal responsibility for client satisfaction.
  • Other duties as directed.


Location: Lucas Heights, Southern Sydney, NSW  

Salary: AU$105K – AU$114K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified Term of 3 years

Reference: 90655

To be considered you will need:


  • A PhD (or equivalent industry experience) in physics, or physical sciences or engineering, with at least a year of post-graduate experience.
  • Excellent experimental and measurement skills.
  • 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


  • Experience with magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
  • Experience in radiofrequency physics/engineering.
  • General electronics knowledge.
  • Experience with industrial research or applied research with defined goals


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


To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident, or either hold or be able to obtain a valid working visa (visa sponsorship may be offered to the successful candidate if required). 


Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements. The successful candidate will be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the ANSTO site.

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. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply online and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role. Please note that we strongly encourage you to respond to each of the selection criteria in detail, and attach it to your cover letter as one document.

Applications Close

19 February 2023, 11:00pm AEDT