First listed on: 25 October 2021

Instrument Scientist


The Opportunity

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  • Operate XRF microbeam instruments, manage rock samples and large datasets
  • Work in a world class research facility with leading geoscience technology
  • Truly flexible work arrangements! Achieve your work life balance

As a member of the CSIRO Mineral Resources’ Discovery Program, the Beam Line Technician (Instrument Scientist) will work as part of a multidisciplinary group of CSIRO researchers, external clients, including industry, CRC’s, and other government agencies, on research relevant to the resources industry. You will collaborate with engineers and instrument physicists in the on-going development of methodologies, analytical tools and workflows that exploit the capabilities of our unique instrument suite for our world-leading geoscience research.  You will be responsible for the operation of our XRF microbeam instruments, including workflow optimisation and management of rock cores and other samples, management of the large datasets, and their preliminary analysis, quality assurance and control. 

Your duties will include:

  • Operation and maintenance of the Maia Mapper instrument in Perth, learning about the system design, maintenance requirements and data infrastructure.
  • Communicate openly and effectively with internal and external colleagues, clients, and partners to develop and progress research outcomes and maintain productive stakeholder relationships.
  • Collaborate with Research Scientists across CSIRO Mineral Resources to optimise analysis workflows using the Maia Mapper and other instruments, such as the XRF's.
  • Recognise opportunities for innovation and incorporate novel approaches to research to deliver high-impact outcomes of strategic relevance to the minerals industry.
  • Produce high-quality technical reports and contribute to client presentations and scientific papers.
  • Advising on planning and preparing research plans and proposals.

Location:  Perth (Kensington), WA
Salary:  AU$66k – AU$84k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years
Reference:  78673

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant degree or equivalent applied research/industry experience in the field of physics or geosciences.
  • Experience maintaining vacuum systems and laboratory instruments.
  • Experience in managing sample and data workflows.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a multidisciplinary and diverse research team, and the motivation and discipline to carry out independent research to achieve organisational goals.
  • Willingness to learn new data acquisition and processing methods that include lab-based or portable XRF, XRD, hyperspectral equipment.
  • A record of writing technical reports and/or publications.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid working visa.

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. 

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. 


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter that addresses the selection criteria and CV that best demonstrates your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

11 Nov 2021, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

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