First listed on: 11 November 2018

Research Scientist - Hydraulic Fracturing

  • Do you have research experience related to hydraulic fracturing or geomechanics?
  • Apply technical skills and approaches to new applications  with industry and external partners
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation 

We are seeking a self-motivated Research Scientist (CSOF5) or Senior Research Scientist (CSOF6) in hydraulic fracturing depending on the successful candidate’s qualification or experience. This role will contribute to (CSOF5) or lead (CSOF6) development of hydraulic fracturing technology or research tools to respond to industry and external stakeholder challenges. A particular emphasis will be placed on on environmental risk analysis, hydraulic fracture growth monitoring and technical challenges of hydraulic fracturing in coal seam and shale gas applications.

The ideal candidate will have a strong technical background coupled with an intense curiosity to adapt learned skills and approaches to new applications with an emphasis on characterising the environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing in an Australian and international context.

Your duties will include

  • Contribute to (CSOF5) or lead (CSOF6) the development of new methods and technology products to simulate and monitor hydraulic fracture growth.
  • Apply laboratory and field experimentation, to validate analytical and numerical advances and drive technology development outcomes.
  • Contribute expertise to (CSOF5) or lead (CSOF6) research projects responding to environmental and social challenges for the onshore gas industry.
  • Support (CSOF5) or lead and develop (CSOF6) collaborations with external and internal partners to deploy CSIRO technology and secure ongoing research funding.
  • Communicate the findings of CSIRO’s research though leading the authorship of presentations, client reports and peer-reviewed journal and conference papers.
  • Maintain active national and/ or international research collaborations to access/share leading edge concepts and technology to advance projects.

Location: Clayton, VIC
Salary: $97,276 to $130,848 plus up to 15.4% Superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 59002

To be successful you will need

Essential Criteria:

  • Research experience in a technical field relevant to hydraulic fracturing or geomechanics (such as maths, physics, applied statistics, fracture mechanics, or fluid dynamics), with expertise in at least one of analytical, numerical, fieldwork and/or experimental investigations as evidenced by academic publications
  • Communication abilities of a high order as evidenced by publication of papers and reports and an outstanding capacity to express scientific ideas and findings in plain English.
  • Proven academic or industrial research track record as evidenced by a combination of:
    • a history of undertaking (CSOF5) or leading (CSOF6) applied research projects in an industry or academic setting
    • awareness of (CSOF5) or active research in (CSOF6) environmental and social issues around unconventional gas development
  • A record of scientific innovation and leading uptake of new technologies.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience in solving wellbore and reservoir geotechnics or environmental risk assessment problems

Additional desirable criteria for CSOF 6

  • Experience in developing and negotiating research projects with external clients
  • Project or personnel leadership experience
  • Professional network within petroleum, mining, and/or geothermal industries, or productive existing collaborations with academic and/or research institutions

For details about who to contact and for more information please view Position Description

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. 

Apply Online

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter of no more than 2 pages that outlines how your experience meets the selection criteria for this position.

Applications Close: Sunday 9 December, 2018

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