First listed on: 22 December 2021

Spatial Research Scientist, Natural Resources


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The Opportunity

  • Apply modern data science techniques to spatio-temporal geoscientific data
  • Use your skills & contribute to responsible & sustainable land-use practices
  • Join CSIRO Mineral Resources & make a difference in this flexible role!

CSIRO Mineral Resources is seeking a motivated Spatial Research Scientist, Natural Resources to contribute to research relevant to natural resources, such as minerals and water. You will join the Discovery Program, a multidisciplinary CSIRO team and external partners, developing advanced algorithms to characterise and predict subsurface geology and rock property distributions with informative quantitative assessments of uncertainty. 

In this new role, you will develop innovative algorithms to generate novel views of mineral distributions from the micro- to regional-scale to better understand mineralising processes. As part of research team, you will use newly developed mineral characterisation methods for predictive models and test them in associated projects. 

A key outcome of this work is to link new knowledge of mineral characterisation and distributions with Earth observation data to facilitate exploration targeting, and for applications in mining operations or remediation. Of particular interest for this role is the investigation of sites for carbon storage and water resources to ensure responsible and sustainable land-use practices. 

To be successful, you will be able to apply modern data science techniques to spatio-temporal geoscientific data. You will have a broad range of skills which may include mathematics, statistics, uncertainty quantification, machine learning and compositional data analysis, supported by a strong scientific programming background.  
The role is offered on a full-time basis, but we are open to applications from candidates who wish to work part-time (min 0.8 FTE) and will accommodate this if circumstances permit. You will have access to flexible working arrangements including the potential to work from home for part of the week following agreement with your line manager.

Your duties will include:

  • Integrating multi-source and multi-scale spatio-temporal natural science datasets, in 2D and 3D, to develop novel higher-level geoscience products that provide new knowledge to the structure and composition of the Earth's crust for applications in mineral exploration, mining, and other natural resources. 
  • Drawing on professional expertise to understand the value and limitations of specific geoscience data sets, and how sampling and analytical methods might affect results. 
  • Applying the appropriate mathematical and statistical treatment of diverse types of geoscience data.

Location: Perth (Kensington), WA (Whadjuk Noongar Country)
Salary: AU$102k - AU$111k (pro-rata for part-time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years 
Reference: 79168

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience in mathematics, statistics and computer science related to applications to geoscience or other natural sciences.
  • Familiarity with spatial statistical and visualisation packages in R and/or Python. 
  • Demonstrated experience in natural science spatio-temporal data and modelling methods.
  • Experience using spatial data to map systems at regional to small scales. 
  • To be able to work within a multidisciplinary and diverse research team, and the motivation and discipline to carry out independent research to achieve organisational goals. 
  • A history of undertaking original, creative and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems.
  • Excellent communication skills and a demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or reports, 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 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. 

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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

6 February 2022, 11:00 pm AEDT

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