First listed on: 12 November 2018

Postdoctoral Fellow - Hydraulic Fracturing

  • Are you a motivated, early career scientist with interest in Hydraulic Fracturing?
  • Do you have, or will shortly obtain, a PhD in a relevant discipline area, such as Hydraulic Fracturing, Risk Analysis or Environmental Engineering?
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation

The successful candidate will undertake hydraulic fracturing research using a range of investigative approaches including laboratory and field experimentation, numerical modelling, and analytical methods. A key focus of the fellowship will be to develop software tools and analytical approaches to improve the effectiveness and assess the environmental sustainability of hydraulic fracturing applications in coal seam and shale gas stimulation.

Your duties will include

  • Under the direction of senior research scientists, carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Assist in the development and deployment of novel technology to evaluate, predict or measure hydraulic fracturing growth.
  • Contribute to high-profile research projects to develop tools to predict and measure the environmental sustainability of onshore petroleum activities.
  • Carry out autonomous research to produce high quality scientific and/or engineering input into professional client reports.
  • Publish and present work at conferences as agreed with your supervisor.
  • Make a contribution to the effective functioning of the research team and help deliver CSIRO’s organisational objectives and plans.
  • Undertake an appropriate training and development program developed by CSIRO.

Location: Clayton, VIC
Salary: $82,450 to $93,280 plus up to 15.4% Superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 59058

To be successful you will need

Essential Criteria:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Hydraulic Fracturing, Risk Analysis or Environmental Engineering

Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of relevant postdoctoral experience.

  • Experience in undertaking technical projects relevant to petroleum, mining, environmental, geothermal or related industries.
  • Excellent written communication skills with demonstrated experience in the preparation of professional technical reports.
  • A work or personal history that demonstrates a strong sense of responsibility with proven high levels of initiative.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Existing professional network within industry or productive existing collaborations with academic and/or research institutions.
  • Awareness of environmental, social and industrial issues around unconventional gas development

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: Monday 10 December, 2018

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