First listed on: 05 February 2019

Research Scientist / Structural Geologist

The Opportunity

  • Lead and participate in research projects which unravel ore forming processes!
  • Work in a wide variety of tectonic settings including basins and mineralised metamorphic terranes!
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science and technology research organisation!

We are seeking a research scientist with a demonstrated track record in structural geology with significant field experience who can contribute to research projects across the wide range of commodities and deposit styles in which the Discovery Program operates. You will contribute to and develop a portfolio of projects and work in both metamorphosed and basin tectonic settings. You will work on industry focused scientific research projects studying the influence of structures and deformation on all aspects of mineral systems. 

As the Scientist, you will examine how these structures control the architecture of deposits both through providing pathways for mineralising fluids and through their fundamental role in basin development. You will be required to build on existing capability to interpret multiscale observations including microstructural and microchemical observations through to craton-scale geophysical datasets.
The role of Research Scientist Staff in CSIRO is to conduct innovative research leading to scientific achievements that are aligned with CSIRO’s strategies. You may be engaged in scientific activity ranging from fundamental research to the investigation of specific industry or community problems. You will have the opportunity to build and maintain networks, play a lead role in securing project funds, provide scientific leadership and pursue new ideas and approaches that create new concepts. 

Your duties will include

  • Work as part of a team or individually, providing a structural framework for the interplay of deformation and mineralisation. 
  • Carry out field mapping, core measurements, fault and fracture analysis, and underground and pit mapping of faults, fractures and veins.
  • Provide an interpretation of structural data collected from a variety of sources (self, industry, etc)
  • Work in a wide range of tectonic settings including both basins and mineralised metamorphic terranes but with the common focus on understanding brittle deformation/tectonics.

Location:       Kensington (Perth), Australia
Tenure:          Specified term of 3 years 
Salary:           AU$97K – AU$105K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:    59993

To be successful you will need

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all selection criteria can be appointed.

  • A doctorate and/or equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as Geosciences.
  • Expertise in structural geology especially focused on faults, fractures and the role these play in mineral system architecture
  • Demonstrated field experience in mine or petroleum environments
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, and carry out tasks autonomously in support of scientific research
  • Experience in 3D modelling software, GIS and other geoscience-related software packages
  • Willingness to conduct field work in remote locations in Australia.
  • A strong understanding of the concept of mineral systems and basin systems science
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop a multi-disciplinary, research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research, to achieve organisational goals.
  • A significant record of science innovation and creativity plus the ability to apply well developed research skills to scientific investigations.
  •  A current Australian driver’s licence, or ability to obtain Australian licence.

For more information please view the Position Description.
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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. 

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Applications Close

Thursday, 7th March, 2019.

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