First listed on: 10 May 2022

Research Scientist - Electrochemical CO2 Conversions


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The Opportunity

  • Design electrochemical CO2-conversion systems to meet ongoing industry needs
  • Bring your expertise to contribute towards a net-zero emission Australia!
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s National Science Agency – in an ongoing role!

Are you passionate about contributing to a net-zero emission Australia, and interested in the science behind improving the efficiency of carbon capture & storage? If so, this role might be the next career step you’re looking for!

CSIRO Energy business unit is currently seeking a motivated Research Scientist to join our ‘Sustainable Carbon Technologies’ Group, and grow the scientific research around innovative carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) technologies. You will work collaboratively and play a key role in meeting the needs of ongoing projects and increasing importance of CO2 capture & utilisation to contribute to a net-zero emission Australia.

This will be a great opportunity for you to collaborate with other experts from various government, industry & research organisations and leading universities, and also grow your knowledge & skills in the field!

Your duties will include:

  • Designing and building bench-scale electrochemical CO2-conversion systems to determine the performance of the identified concepts.
  • Liaising with clients to determine their needs and taking personal responsibility for client satisfaction.
  • Under limited direction, assisting in the planning & preparation of research proposals, and carrying out research investigations, requiring originality, creativity and innovation.
  • Undertaking regular reviews of relevant literature and patents.
  • Producing high quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals, for client reports and granting of patents, as well presentation at conferences.
  • Drawing on professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and research experience, recognise opportunities for innovation and generating new theoretical perspectives by pursuing new ideas/approaches, and networking with scientific colleagues across a range of disciplines.

Location: Newcastle, NSW
Salary: AU$102K to AU$111K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 84006

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and qualifications, in Electro-chemistry or Electro-chemical Engineering or equivalent.
  • In-depth understanding of and/or practical experience with electro-chemical CO2-conversion processes.
  • Strong laboratory skills, including the design and engineering of bench-scale experimental facilities.
  • Well-developed project management skills.
  • A proven track record of science innovation and creativity, and the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa.   

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. 


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

12 June 2022, 11:00pm AEST

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