First listed on: 30 April 2022

CSIRO Mission - Hydrogen Industry


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The Opportunity

CSIRO’s Hydrogen Industry Mission is a rare opportunity to help build Australia’s clean hydrogen industry by scaling demand and driving down hydrogen cost. 

We need early to mid-career researchers in science and engineering to solve impossible problems to deliver a secure and resilient energy system and support our transition to a low emissions future.  

It is estimated that a clean hydrogen industry will create more than 16,000 jobs, generate $50 billion a year in GDP, and result in avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to a third of Australia’s current fossil fuel emissions by 2050. The National Hydrogen Strategy was adopted by all federal, state and territory governments in 2019.

It sets the vision for a clean, innovative, safe and competitive hydrogen industry that helps our nation transition to a sustainable and affordable low emissions future. The CSIRO Hydrogen Industry Mission was formally launched in May 2021 and focuses on leveraging CSIRO's hydrogen research capabilities in partnership with government, industry and the research community. 

We are working to:  

  • Promote major new domestic and export industries, creating urban and regional jobs and GPD growth. 
  • Help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, particularly in industrial processes. 
  • Contribute to a diversified energy system with increased energy security and resilience. 

For more information on the Hydrogen Industry Mission go to

To be considered you will need:

You will have either completed a PhD, Master of Science or Master of Engineering in a science, engineering, or research discipline and have three years relevant work experience. Or, you will have completed a PhD, Master of Science or Master of Engineering qualification within the last three years, or will have a doctoral or master thesis submitted prior to commencement with CSIRO.   

For Master of Science or Master of Engineering graduates you must also have equivalent levels of original and significant contributions to research and development to that expected of a new PhD graduate.  

Your qualifications are essential for the current opportunities, but we are also looking for more unique skills to bring new ways of thinking, problem solving and leadership to contribute to CSIRO Missions and culture.  

How we deliver progress and change is important.  

An ability to recognise and exploit opportunities to carry out original, creative, and innovative research is essential. Your design thinking and  desire to generate impact will drive creativity, innovation and evolve our approach to unlocking a better future for everyone. By thinking beyond specific research projects to apply individual knowledge, skills, and expertise you will contribute to and support the national innovation system. Leveraging a broad network and relationships within national, global, trans-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder environments?and collaborating with a diverse range of stakeholders, you will challenge current approaches and develop future research.  

If you are seeking purpose, want to lead with vision and contribute to new research insights and future innovations, CSIRO could be the opportunity to connect with other like minds, as a trusted advisor building shared meaning and purpose.  

Location:Capital city and regional locations 
Salary:AU$87,068k – AU$111,165 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:3-year term 


Applications for this position are open to all eligible candidates. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements. 

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

Work history and qualifications are only one part of your story. We want to know what motivates you to join us and how we can support you to realise your promise and potential. The questions below will help us understand what you are looking for and should be included in a cover letter to show us why developing Australia’s hydrogen industry would be impossible without you.  

  1. How will your research align with CSIRO Missions and commitment to solving science’s greatest challenges?  
  2. What are your unique attributes and skills which will contribute to unlocking a better world for everyone?  
  3. What culture and research environment will help you reach your potential and what do you need from CSIRO to help you get there? 
  4. Please provide a summary of your technical skills. 

Applications Close

19 June 2022, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

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