Soil Carbon Fraction Specialist - CSIRO - ResearchCareer

First listed on: 22 January 2021

Soil Carbon Fraction Specialist


  • Apply your expertise in soil carbon and its role in mitigating climate change
  • Deliver data & findings to support research in national soil carbon accounting
  • Join CSIRO! Work on high impact research of national & international significance

Joining the CSIRO Agriculture and Food business unit, you will have interests and expertise in soil carbon and its role in mitigating climate change. You will work closely with research teams locally and across Australia to support the efficient delivery of data and findings to support and advance high impact research in national soil carbon accounting.  

The role is responsible for the analytical pipeline associated with measuring and predicting soil carbon and its associated fractions.  This will include coordinating laboratory staff and workflows across multiple projects, integrating data across multiple measurements, managing databases, and using and developing chemometric data analysis approaches. You will contribute to statistical analysis and interpretation, drafting report components for clients, and preparing communication materials for presentation.

Your duties will include:

  • Work collaboratively with research scientists and technical staff to coordinate the planning and scheduling of analytical pipelines associated with measuring soil carbon and its component fractions. This role includes the use of hydrofluoric acid and appropriate HSE training will be provided.
  • Under limited supervision effectively manage data resources, conduct chemometric predictions, and statistically analyse and interpret soil carbon data using a range of data tools.
  • Use initiative and sound judgement to adapt experimental methods and data analysis/management approaches to improve workflows and operating efficiencies.
  • Provide significant input to the interpretation and communication of research results, through contributing technical details and data summaries to client reports, scientific manuscripts, and conference presentations.
  • Contribute to efficient and safe operations in a shared laboratory space including instrument maintenance, safe handling of hydrofluoric acid, risk assessments, laboratory housekeeping, and purchasing consumables.

Location:  Adelaide, South Australia
Salary:  AU$83k – AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years
Reference:  70445

To be considered you will need address the following selection criteria in a written response within your application:

  1. Qualifications: a relevant tertiary qualification in analytical or environmental chemistry, or equivalent experience.
  2. Scientific knowledge: a fundamental understanding of soil carbon cycling, its role in mitigating climate change, and principles of carbon accounting within the current policy framework.
  3. Laboratory Experience: working experience in an applied science or research environment demonstrating sound understanding of laboratory best practice, preparation of environmental samples, sample tracking, and laboratory risk assessment.
  4. Analytical expertise: demonstrated skills in the analysis of samples for carbon and nitrogen analysis through spectroscopic methods (e.g. MIR, NMR), including instrument maintenance and troubleshooting.  
  5. Data management & analysis: a sound understanding of FAIR data principles, database management and version control, and statistical and chemometric data analysis through R programming will be required.
  6. Time management: ability to manage competing project deadlines, including scheduling, monitoring, and completing tasks under minimal supervision, and an ability to work on several projects at the same time.
  7. Communication skills: well developed written and spoken communication skills.
  8. A current Australian driver’s licence.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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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

08 February2021, 11:00 pm AEST/AEDT