First listed on: 16 September 2023

Research Technician - Chemistry (Carbon Capture)


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The Opportunity

  • Apply your synthetic chemistry expertise into a portfolio of commercial projects
  • Play a key role in developing direct air capture & CO2 removal technologies
  • Great opportunity to join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science organisation!

Are you a motivated research technician with experience in synthetic chemistry? CSIRO Energy business unit currently has an exciting role with our team in Kensington (WA), and it could be the perfect next opportunity for you!

Reducing emissions is currently a key topic & challenge in Australia and globally. In reaching the net zero targets, direct air capture is an emerging solution for carbon dioxide removal, and our talented scientists at CSIRO are working hard on a range of these direct air capture technologies. Collaborating with this multi-disciplinary team of scientists, you will support a portfolio of commercial projects, and have a key hands-on role in synthesising and testing new materials, with a focus on materials for carbon dioxide (CO2) capture. You will also be responsible for developing new characterisation techniques and conducting HSE analysis, with the goal of developing these technologies to pilot scale and beyond.

If you have a keen interest in this field, an understanding of chemical or material synthesis & analysis, and a positive attitude to work with a multi-disciplinary team, we would love to hear from you! CSIRO champions in providing a diverse and inclusive culture, supports flexible work arrangements, and offers you excellent professional development opportunities to grow your skills & career!

Your duties will include:

  • Synthesising new materials for carbon capture and working with the project team to design these materials and methodologies to access materials.
  • Performing HSE analysis of synthetic methodologies to select the correct practices to carry out the synthesis safely, and in doing so, adhere to CSIRO HSE policies.
  • Assisting in designing and performing straightforward experiments and routine laboratory analyses, designing new processes or apparatus by adapting existing techniques and components to meet special circumstances or undertaking modifications to methods requiring some innovation.
  • Designing data recording and entry systems.
  • Performing some non-routine analyses or technology development activities, using a range of techniques, often working on a number of parallel and competing tasks.

Location: Kensington, WA
Salary: AU$68K – AU$86K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified Term of 2 years
Reference: 94346

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant trade certificate/diploma/bachelor’s degree, or equivalent relevant work experience, in chemistry or material synthesis.
  • Demonstrated fundamental understanding of chemistry.
  • Demonstrated experience with chemical synthesis.
  • Proven technical skills in material analysis in order to test the developed materials.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (i.e., MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Teams).

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


To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be either an Australian Citizen, a New Zealand Citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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How to Apply

Please apply online, and provide a detailed cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role. Please note that we strongly encourage you to respond to each of the selection criteria in detail, and attach it to your cover letter as one document.

Applications Close

20 September 2023, 11:00pm AEST

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