First listed on: 22 April 2018

Computational Geo-Environmental Engineer

  • Apply your expertise in hydrogeological conceptualisation and modelling of deep subsurface systems
  • Undertake innovative research and deliver high impact projects
  • Join a dynamic and multi-disciplinary team at CSIRO Land & Water

The Position

We are seeking a Computational Geo-environmental Engineer/Scientist to be a part of the Environmental Tracers and Applications team in Adelaide. This team sits within the Water Resources Management Program, and operates one of the leading environmental tracer laboratories with strong noble gas analysis capability for groundwater studies. In this role, you will undertake innovative research and deliver to high impact projects on demonstrating (i) containment capacity of deep crystalline rocks, clay-based sediments or salt rocks for radioactive waste disposal, (ii) degradation of engineered barriers under extreme temperature, pressure, and chemical boundary conditions, and (iii) post-closure repository safety assessment.

As a member of our team, you will contribute to multi-disciplinary projects across CSIRO and its partners, in Australia and overseas. You will have the ability to use rare noble gas isotopes of rock pore fluids for making inferences about the hydraulic isolation capacity of host rocks and presence/absence of exposure pathways across the geosphere. 

Your duties will include: 

  • Incorporating novel approaches to scientific investigations by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas for new, existing and further research.
  • Contributing to projects in the radioactive waste management research discipline (noble gas isotope study of host rock pore fluids, specialist chemical thermodynamic simulation modelling of geo-environments and engineered barriers (including cementitious materials) and their interactions, demonstration of long-term containment of radioactive waste).
  • Contributing coupled geo-environmental-materials science to projects in radioactive waste management, host rock characterization, and multi-scale fluid migration.
  • Sustaining strong scientific recognition through publication metrics, leadership in national and global geo-environmental science fora, and national and international reputation.

Location:  Adelaide (Waite Campus), South Australia
Salary:  AU$95K to AU$103K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years
Job reference:  56597

To be successful, you will need:

  • A doctorate or equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as Engineering (major civil engineering), Earth Sciences (major hydrogeology), or Chemistry (major geochemistry).
  • Expertise in hydrogeological conceptualisation of deep subsurface systems.
  • Expert skills in computer modelling of fluid flow and mass transport in porous media.
  • A track record in designing and/or evaluating engineered systems exposed to extreme geo-environmental conditions (high temperature and pressure and aggressive chemistry)

Before you apply, please view the full position details and selection criteria here: Position description

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. Find out more! Balance

We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate. At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do this by using science and technology to solve real issues. Diversity is the compass that navigates our innovation. We provide an inclusive workplace that respects, values and actively pursues the benefits of a diverse workforce.

How to apply: Please upload one document only containing both your CV/Resume and cover letter, ensuring you provide enough information relevant to the criteria as listed in the position description, to enable the selection panel to determine your suitability.

Applications close: 11:59pm AEST, Thursday 28th June, 2018

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