Senior Research Scientist - Hydrogen and Gasification Energy Technologies - CSIRO - ResearchCareer

First listed on: 15 September 2021

Senior Research Scientist - Hydrogen and Gasification Energy Technologies


The Opportunity

  • Apply your scientific expertise to create impact in the low emissions industry sector
  • Work with stakeholders to develop innovative thermochemical bioenergy projects
  • Join a team of leading researchers in this flexible role

CSIRO Energy is seeking a motivated Senior Research Scientist – Hydrogen and Gasification Energy Technologies to join the Low Emissions Technologies program. In this diverse role, you will work on development and delivery of a range of applied research projects.  The focus of your work will be on gasification and thermochemical processing to produce hydrogen or other low emissions energy applications. 

In addition to being an important member of the wider team, you will also have responsibilities in external engagement and project development activities. You will bring your own research experience and networks to augment and grow CSIRO’s capabilities in the priority areas.

This role is offered on a full-time or part-time (minimum 0.8 FTE) basis – talk to us about your needs.

Your duties will include:

  • Using professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and research experience/achievement to formulate, develop and complete an approved research program with general direction as to the aims of their activities.
  • Developing, designing, and delivering client-focussed research projects, or components of large-scale research initiatives.
  • Working as part of the wider research group on key experimental or modelling aspects of research projects in the Low Emissions Technologies program.
  • Communicating research results to clients and the scientific community through oral and written reports, which may include the preparation of documents for patent applications.
  • Engaging externally to ensure that our research priorities are aligned with industrial needs.

Location: Brisbane (Pullenvale) QLD
Salary: AU$115k – AU$135k (pro-rata for part-time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 77276

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as Chemical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry or similar.
  • An established reputation, network and experience in relevant fields associated with chemical processing and energy technologies.
  • A demonstrated ability to secure funding with industry and/or government bodies to develop and deliver client-focussed research projects, with demonstrated project management skills. 
  • A history of scientific or technical impact in the bioenergy, hydrogen, or related industry sectors:
  • A commitment to the following:
       a. Identification and implementation of relevant and rigorous safety protocols associated with design, development, and operation of complex research facilities
       b. Effective risk management processes and procedures across all areas of workplace operations. 
  • A sound understanding of the fundamental aspects of combustion, gasification and/or pyrolysis of solid feedstocks and related industrial chemical processes.
  • High level communication skills coupled with experience in the development and presentation of strategic and technical proposals, project reports, conference papers, peer reviewed journal articles, or presentations for a range of relevant industry, research, and community stakeholders. 
  • A history of working effectively as part of a research team plus the discipline to carry out self-motivated research. 

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be appointed to this role, you must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

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

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

17th October 2021, 11:00 pm AEDT