First listed on: 30 June 2020

Principal Research Scientist - Soil Contaminant Chemist 

The Opportunity
  • Lead contaminant research projects to address national and international needs.
  • Conduct innovative research leading to scientific achievements.
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation

The Position

The Research Scientist will join CSIRO’s Land and Water Business Unit in the Industry Environments Program. The Industry Environments Program delivers environmental management and biotechnology solutions to ensure industry sustainability, clean productive futures, reduced environmental legacy, effective mitigation strategies and protection of human health and the environment. 

The Research Scientist will join the Environmental Assessment and Technologies Group with national and international recognised scientists, with a proven track record of industry, government and community outcomes and impact. The Group undertakes research that determines the environmental footprint of industry and new chemicals via multiple lines of evidence to support sustainable developments, environmental protection, social responsibility, and economic growth. 

The Soil Contaminant Chemist main research areas will be:

  • To deliver on research projects in relation to CSIRO’s Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) initiative – sources, fate and behaviour in terrestrial environments. 
  • To develop and secure new projects in relation to CSIRO’s Legacy initiative (waste, industrial, gas and mining industries) - baseline assessments, environmental risk assessment, remediation and rehabilitation, decommissioning and closure.
  • To identify, initiate and secure new research projects in relation to managing chemicals of potential environmental concern.

Location: Adelaide, SA
Salary:  AU$136K - AU$150K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years
Reference:  66002

To be considered you will need:

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

  1. A doctorate in a relevant discipline area, such as soil chemistry, soil contaminant science, environmental chemistry or organic / inorganic chemistry or qualification and research experience which, taken together, are equivalent to this educational standard.
  2. Demonstrated experience in initiating, securing, and delivering on research projects to determine the sources, fate and behaviour of contaminants in terrestrial environments.
  3. Demonstrated knowledge on the source, fate and behaviour of contaminants (organic and/or inorganic), and management and mitigation of contaminants in terrestrial environments.
  4. A record of science innovation and creativity, development of research strategies, plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.
  5. Highly developed written and oral communication skills; and experience in taking research outcomes to publication. 
  6. Demonstrated ability to network/collaborate with a range of internal and external stakeholders to achieve science outcomes and impact.
  7. The ability to adhere to Health, Safety and Environment procedure and policies, Inclusion and Diversity commitments and Integrity of Science Excellence.

For more information please view the Position Description.


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

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

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.


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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

Thursday, 30th July 2020 at 11:59PM AEST

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