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X-Ray 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 X-Ray Technologies Group!
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's Premier Science and Technology Research Organisation


CSIRO’s Mineral Resources’ X-ray Technologies Group are looking to appoint an X-ray Physicist/Scientist to work in the Lucas Heights laboratory located on the southern edge of Sydney. The group develops X-ray analysis systems through basic research, laboratory experiments and the development of prototypes through to market ready systems. The X-ray Physicist/Scientist will perform research to support and develop novel X-ray based on-line instruments to solve a range of challenging, real-world problems in the mining industry, such as the rapid measurement of elements and minerals in ores. The X-ray Physicist/Scientist will also contribute to existing projects related to the on-line analysis of mineral slurries.


The position offers considerable variety, tackling scientific, engineering and logistical challenges. The X-ray 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 X-ray research area. The position will suit a person with an excellent understanding of physics concepts, interested in working in developing ideas to move from the laboratory to industry applications.


Your duties will include:

  • Contributing to the development of new methodologies to measure elements and minerals using X-ray or allied spectroscopies.
  • Using skills in X-ray measurement and analysis, such as assembly of X-ray equipment including X ray tubes and detectors, to support the development of new measurement methods.
  • Using deep knowledge of experimental physics to prototype and develop novel analysers.
  • Developing software for controlling laboratory prototype equipment.
  • Managing scientific projects with industrial clients in the analysis of mineral samples.
  • Assessing prototypes in field trials at mineral plants.
  • Taking significant responsibility in experimental design and execution.
  • Contributing to existing projects relating to mineral slurry measurement, including potential client interfacing duties.
  • Using computer modelling to validate experimental results.
  • 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:    71045


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.
  • Strong working knowledge of Python software or other programming languages, to support data analysis.
  • 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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Diversity and Inclusion

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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