First listed on: 27 August 2021

Research Scientist - Mineral Systems Geologist


The Opportunity

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  • Are you interested in developing new concepts in mineral systems analysis for exploration?
  • Do you have expertise in integrating geoscience data across scales? 
  • Join the CSIRO Discovery Program – a diverse team working together on applied research to deliver impact in mineral exploration! 

We are seeking a Mineral Systems Geologist to join the Discovery Program of CSIRO Mineral Resources. CSIRO Mineral Resources (CMR) is one of the largest minerals research and development groups globally, with a proud track record in delivering innovation and solutions across the mineral resources value chain. The Discovery Program thrives on innovation harnessed by the diversity of the minds and lived experiences of our team which comprises an enthusiastic multidisciplinary team of STEM researchers all focused on developing new technologies and concepts for exploration through cover and advancing orebody knowledge. 

As a member of the CMR Discovery Program, the Mineral Systems Geologist will work as part of a multidisciplinary group of CSIRO researchers, external clients, including industry, CRC’s, and other government agencies, on research relevant to the mineral exploration industry. The role will be focused on developing programs to delineate the geological architecture of areas, assess their fertility, map fluid pathways and possible depositional sites by integrating geophysics, geology, geochemistry, and mineralogy in 3D. With the aim of developing mineral systems analysis and mineral potential mapping methods for exploration through covered regions in various geological settings from regional to prospect scale. 

By joining our team, you will be part of contributing to our commitment to creating an inclusive workplace in which we can pursue new ideas through fundamental and applied research. You will be able to create a dynamic career path leveraging from your own experiences and identity and will be supported to build and maintain networks and contribute to securing project funds for ongoing research collaboration programs.  You will be based at the Australian Resources Research Centre in Perth, Western Australia, on Whadjuk Noongar Country which offers world-class laboratory facilities in a dynamic research environment. 

You will have access to flexible work options, travel, and multiple leave options including paid maternity and parental leave and will have access to world-class facilities based at local universities where CSIRO has collaborative arrangements in place, and at other CSIRO sites across Australia.

In this role you will:

  • Investigate geological and mineral systems at a range of scales, focusing on advancing mineral potential mapping techniques for mineralisation through cover.
  • Integrate multi-source and multi-scale geoscience datasets, in 2D and 3D, to develop novel higher-level geoscience products. 
  • Draw on professional expertise, knowledge of multiple disciplines (e.g. geology, geophysics, mineralogy, geochemistry, remote sensing) and research experience.
  • Communicate openly and effectively with internal and external colleagues, clients, and partners to develop and progress research outcomes and maintain productive stakeholder relationships. 

Location:   Perth (Kensington), Western Australia (Whadjuk Noongar Country)
Salary:   AU$100k - AU$108k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference:  76303

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD or equivalent applied research/industry experience in the field of geosciences.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret geology from geophysics and other geological data sets for understanding large scale tectonic/geodynamic processes that control the formation and preservation of mineral systems.
  • Experience using GIS and spatial data in order to map mineral systems at regional to small scales, targeting potential mineral deposits. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a multidisciplinary and diverse research team, and the motivation and discipline to carry out independent research to achieve organisational goals. 
  • Willingness to learn new data acquisition and processing methods that may include (state-of-the-art quantitative mineralogical equipment, drone-based measurements, LiDAR, inversion methods or machine learning).
  • A record of writing high-quality technical reports and/or publications in peer-reviewed journals.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Open to:

  • Onshore Australian and New Zealand Citizens
  • Onshore Australian Permanent and Temporary residents (visa sponsorship may be provided to eligible onshore candidates)

The successful candidate will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent;


If the successful candidate is not an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident, they may be required to undergo additional security clearances, which may include medical examinations and an international standardised test of English language proficiency (i.e. IELTS test).

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply online and provide a CV and cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role, paying particular attention to the requirements outlined in the Position Details.

Applications Close

Sunday 3 October, 2021 (11pm AEST)

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