First listed on: 14 June 2019

Experimental Scientist 

The Opportunity
  • Deal with a diversity of project work, tackling scientific, engineering and logistical challenges.
  • Contribute to the acquisition, interpretation and communication of research. 
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science & technology research organisation!

The Position
The Aquatic Remote Sensing team in the Coasts program in CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere is seeking an Experimental Scientist to specialise in bio-optical field measurements and aquatic remote sensing applications. 

You will focus on the calibration and validation activities in an inland water quality project. This work forms an integral component of the effective use of Earth Observation data and in the maintenance of the scientific value of its data archives. 

As the Experimental Scientist, you will deal a diverse range of activities, tackling scientific, engineering and logistical challenges across a range of different aquatic systems. Acquisition of observational data for satellite calibration and validation is a key activity for the team, which underpins much of our remote sensing science, delivery of quality assured data for applications, as well as our international cooperation activities.

Your duties will include
  • Dealing with a diverse range of project activities, tackling scientific, engineering and logistical challenges across a range of different aquatic systems. 
  • Planning experiments, operation of instrumentation in the laboratory and field, as well as processing and analysis of observational data for satellite calibration and validation. 
  • Contributing to the acquisition, interpretation and communication of research. 
  • Under general direction participating in field campaign planning projects and accept responsibility for the scheduling and completion of major parts of the projects, including allocating and directing tasks where appropriate.

Location:     Black Mountain, Canberra
Salary:         AU$83K - AU$94K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:        Specified term of 2.5 years
Reference:   62106

To be successful you will need

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

  • Postgraduate degree or relevant work experience in water quality and/or remote sensing. 
  • Previous experience and/or a desire and ability to participate, in field measurement campaigns including research vessel-based missions. 
  • The ability to initially assist and ultimately lead remote field campaigns for up to 3 weeks at a time.
  • Experience or ability to undertake small boat operations including coxswain training.
  • Experience or ability to undertake processing and archiving of water quality data.
  • Demonstrated experience with processing and analysis of optical remote sensing data.
  • Work 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, including engagement with local communities and Indigenous groups.

For details about who to contact and 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

23:59 AEST Sunday, 7th July, 2019.

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