First listed on: 04 August 2022

Research Projects Officer - Hydrogeologist/Hydrogeochemist


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The Opportunity

  • Key role for early career Research Projects Officer in Hydrogeological/Hydrogeochemistry research
  • Contribute to water security across a range of research areas
  • Join CSIRO Land and Water and make a difference!

The role of Research Projects staff in CSIRO is to collaborate in scientific and technological activities with other research staff usually by assisting with detailed planning, undertaking or assisting with experimental, observational or technology development work, and in carrying out the more practical aspects of the work.
The Research Projects Officer - Hydrogeologist/Hydrogeochemist position will be part of the Sustainable Groundwater Futures team based in Brisbane. This team sits within the Groundwater Management Group in the Water Security Research Program in the CSIRO Land and Water Business Unit. 

The role suits an early career researcher who will assist with Hydrogeology and Hydrogeochemistry research demands in Water Security and in regional groundwater resource characterization and assessment. This is particularly so in the context of resource developments and changing climatic conditions. This capability integrates skills across geology, hydrogeology, hydrogeochemical evolution at large scale, and hydrochemical and environmental tracer data analysis to address relevant groundwater management challenges.  

Your duties will include:

  • Under general direction conduct research into the fundamental hydrogeological and hydrogeochemical processes that occur during water-rock interactions; potentially couple this knowledge with groundwater flow and solute transport models to develop frameworks for a multitude of groundwater processes in subsurface
  • Assist with research on groundwater recharge, inter-aquifer leakage and groundwater-surface water exchanges via combination of geological and hydrogeological knowledge supported by analysis of hydrochemical and environmental tracer data
  • Assist with the development of  creative and innovative approaches and ideas to enhance the value of hydrogeochemistry to identify and characterise new water sources, inter-aquifer/aquitard connectivity, and definition of flowpaths in heterogeneous subsurface
  • Study hydrogeochemical processes that control the movement of contaminants released by human activities (e.g. mining, disposal of radioactive waste) through integration of geological and geochemical assessments;
  • Assist with targeted field investigations to characterize groundwater and surface water systems across different settings in Australia. 
  • Make significant contributions to the interpretation and communication of research or technological results and may collaborate on drafting presentations to, and/or detailed written reports for, clients and the scientific and/or technology community. 
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team to carry out tasks in support of CSIRO’s scientific objectives.
  • Adhere to the spirit and practice of CSIRO’s Values, Code of Conduct, Health, Safety and Environment procedures and policy, Diversity initiatives and Zero Harm goals. 
  • Other duties as directed.

Location: Brisbane (Dutton Park) QLD
Salary: AU$87,068 to $98,504  (pro-rata for part-time) + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 83341

To be considered you will need:


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

  • A PHD/bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience in a relevant field such as geology, hydrogeology, groundwater hydrology, or other relevant geo-science domain. 
  • Experience in characterisation of complex hydrogeological settings using multiple lines of evidence including hydrogeochemical and environmental tracer data analysis, groundwater resources assessment, groundwater hydrology, surface water-groundwater system evaluation.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills coupled with the ability to present results of scientific investigations at national/international conferences and stakeholder meetings.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research group, and carry out independent individual research to achieve organisational goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to assist with original, creative and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems.
  • A driver’s licence.


  • Familiarity with hydrogeological fieldwork and HSE protocols. 
  • Publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or reports, conference proceedings, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications.

For full details about this role please review the position description.


Applications for this position are open to all candidates. Visa sponsorship will be provided if required.

Appointment to this role may be subject to conditions including provision of a national police check as well as other security/medical/character clearance 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

Tuesday 6th September 2022, 11:00pm AEST. 

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