First listed on: 13 October 2021

Principal Research Scientist: Environmental Organic Chemist


The Opportunity

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  • Deliver integrated science on organic contaminants of concern in Australian environments
  • Provide science leadership & expert advice, engage with industry, government and community
  • Collaborative, multi-disciplinary team environment with incredible flexibility and work conditions

The Industry Environments Program in CSIRO’s Land and Water Business Unit 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. We are a truly diverse team that believes to achieve strategic scientific achievements we need to recruit world-class talent that represents the diversity across our society.  

As the Principal Research Scientist, you will drive success in the Environmental Assessment and Technologies Group within the Industry Environments Program by delivering integrated science on organic contaminants of concern in Australian environments to enable sustainable developments and stewardship of land, water, ecosystems, and communities. You will deliver science and trusted advice to government agencies, industries, and community on environmental risks of organic contaminants in the Australian environment. You will also play a key role in supporting and mentoring early/mid-career scientists to prioritise research and deliver impact for national benefits.

Your duties will include:

  • Initiate, develop, and manage projects to deliver science and impact on the assessment and management of organic contaminants of concern in Australian environments for responsible and sustainable industries (i.e., Defence, Oil & Gas, Mining, and Waste sectors).
  • Undertake leading-edge scientific research and development and maintain active collaborations in order to access/share leading edge concepts and technology to advance project goals.
  • Undertake feasibility studies, demonstrating a considerable degree of originality, creativity, and innovation in solving problems and introducing new directions and approaches.
  • Identify and secure projects with clients and collaborators to understand and address national and international environmental contaminants challenges.
  • Provide science leadership to achieve scale, identity opportunities, and achieve impact; and provide supervision and support to early and mid-career staff.
  • Engage and communicate with key clients and organisations to identify challenges, prioritise science and deliver impact for a range of stakeholders.
  • Act as a national authority and trusted advisor in your area of expertise.
  • Maintain active national and international research collaborations to access/share leading edge concepts and technology to advance projects, achieve scalability, new opportunities, and impact.
  • Publish science findings in nationally and internationally recognized journals and communicate to a range of internal and external stakeholders (government, industry, and community).

Location:  Adelaide, South Australia
Salary:  AU$141k – AU$157k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Indefinite
Reference:  76930

To be considered you will need:

  1. A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as organic chemistry, organic analytical chemistry, trace organic contaminants, environmental chemistry, or risk assessment (organic chemicals). 
  2. Experience in leading and managing research projects that are designed to minimise the adverse impacts of organic contaminants in the environment.
  3. Demonstrated ability to undertake original, creative, and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems.
  4. Experience in initiating, securing, and delivering on research projects that determine the sources, fate, behaviour and risks of organic contaminants in the environment.
  5. The ability to think strategically for decision-making and planning for scale, opportunities, and impact.  
  6. Ability to multi-task to support simultaneous projects and work in multidisciplinary teams.  
  7. A demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications.
  8. Established strong networks with national and/or international scientific community in the relevant field.

For full details about this role 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

10 Nov 2021, 11:00 pm AEST/AEDT

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