First listed on: 16 January 2019

Research Scientist 

  • Assist with the development of CSIRO’s proprietary software tools!
  • Work on innovative projects in our solar group team!
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science and technology research organisation!

In this role, you will enhance the scientific capabilities of CSIRO solar group in CST (Concentrated Solar Thermal) area and to support its commercialisation activities. This will include the modelling and experimental investigation of solar collector systems (such as heliostat field and receiver), optimisation of their efficiencies and investigation of novel approaches for the design of solar plants.

The research project is mostly funded by ASTRI (Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative), which advances the research on solar thermal technologies in Australia and aims at a substantial reduction of costs to harness solar energy 

Your duties will include

  • Conduct numerical modelling and optimisation of CST subsystems such as heliostat field optics and receiver geometry.
  • Conduct numerical modelling and experimental investigation of hydrodynamics and heat transfer associated with solar receivers and heat exchangers.
  • Assist with the development of CSIRO’s proprietary CST software tools: 
    • HelioControl (heliostat field control and calibration system), 
    • Heliosim (integrated heliostat field and receiver modelling and optimisation software).
  • Incorporate novel approaches to scientific investigations by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas for new, existing and further research.

Location:       Newcastle, NSW
Tenure:          Specified term of 3 years
Salary:           AU$97K – AU$105K + up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:    60181

To be successful you will need

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all selection criteria can be appointed.

  • A doctorate and/or equivalent research or industry related experience in a relevant discipline area, such as physical optics, optical engineering or applied mathematics.
  • Experience with conjugate heat transfer systems involving radiation, convection and conduction.
  • Familiarity with numerical methods and optimisation algorithms.
  • Strong proficiency in scientific computer coding. 
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, and carry out independent individual research, to achieve organisational goals.
  •  A record of science innovation and creativity plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

For more information please view the Position Description.

We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

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Applications Close

Monday, 11th February, 2019.

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