First listed on: 21 May 2022

Surface Scientist


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The Opportunity

  • Apply your surface science expertise into a wide range of projects
  • Collaborate regularly with multi-disciplinary teams of scientists and industry specialists
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s National Science Agency – in an ongoing role!

CSIRO Manufacturing is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Surface Scientist to join our multi-user facility in Melbourne! 

The Surface Science Facility within our Materials Characterisation Program combines state-of-the-art instrumentation and internationally recognised expertise to provide high level surface analysis to a wide range of projects within CSIRO Manufacturing and other Business Units.

In this hands-on role, you will support the advanced materials research area, by undertaking experimental activities, interpreting data, and providing surface science expertise within the contexts of the projects. You will play a key role in developing & evaluating advanced materials through the application of your knowledge and skills in thin films & coatings technologies, 2D & 3D material architectures, physics and chemistry. You will also assist in managing the operational activities of the facility, and therefore, well-developed communication, stakeholder management and organisational skills would be essential for this role.

This will be a great opportunity for a motivated Surface Scientist to join CSIRO in an ongoing role, collaborate with various other R&D and industry specialists and grow their career! CSIRO will offer you excellent career development and professional support, and we are strongly committed to diversity and supporting flexible working arrangements.

Your duties will include:

  • Assisting in the operation, maintenance and development of key surface characterisation facilities (X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy), which includes:
    • Operating XPS/AFM instrumentation.
    • Providing surface analysis and related expert advice to users of the facility (internal as well as external).
    • Maintaining stock of essential spare parts and consumables.
    • Carrying out essential maintenance or repair jobs.
    • Maintaining accurate and up-to-date records on instrument usage (log), instrument maintenance and repairs.
    • Training approved users.
  • Contributing to internal and external project reporting requirements, including maintaining accurate and up-to-date records on experiments.
  • Prioritising outcomes of work for the benefit of end users and clients, stakeholders, the Australian public, and the organisation.
  • Working collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary, often regionally dispersed research team, and business unit to carry out tasks in support of CSIRO’s scientific objectives.

Location: Clayton, VIC
Salary: AU$102K to AU$111K pa plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 84802

To be considered you will need:

  • Relevant PhD qualification in surface chemistry, materials science, or equivalent area (such as a physics, chemistry or engineering related degree), or an equivalent combination of relevant qualifications and industry experience.
  • Minimum one year of post-PhD experience in a relevant scientific role.
  • Extensive practical experience with characterisation techniques applied in surface science, specifically XPS and AFM, including demonstrated independent use & maintenance of instrumentation.
  • Demonstrated experience assisting with the operation of a multi-user facility that hosts instrumentation used in surface science and training other users on related instrumentation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and proficiency in relevant theoretical & practical concepts of experimentation in surface analysis, as well as data processing and evaluation, including the application of CasaXPS Surface Analysis Processing Software, and applicable international standards.
  • Well-developed written and oral communication skills.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

5 June 2022, 11:00pm AEST

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