First listed on: 15 January 2022

Magnetic Resonance Scientist

The Opportunity

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  • Do you have excellent experimental skills with qualifications in physics, physical science, or engineering?
  • Are you experienced in scientific computing packages and programming languages?
  • Join CSIRO Mineral Resources today and help us make a difference!

We are looking to appoint a scientist within CSIRO Mineral Resources’ Magnetic Resonance Development Team, at our Lucas Heights laboratory located in southern Sydney. We are a team of physicists and engineers who develop novel magnetic resonance (MR)-based on-line instruments to solve a range of challenging, real-world measurement problems in the mining and security industry. We test design ideas in the lab, prototype working concepts, and develop commercial analysers that are deployed in field applications. Applicants will require an Honours (or Masters) degree, or equivalent industry experience, in physics, or other physical sciences or engineering disciplines with a strong focus on experimental science. A background in experimental physical sciences is strongly desired as the role will predominantly involve laboratory hands-on work, focussing on the development of novel radio frequency sensors and methods using magnetic resonance. Hence, applicants with a strong, practical, working knowledge of any spectroscopy are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will work in a team environment to complete research tasks as part of the development of MR sensors for minerals industry applications.

The position offers considerable variety, tackling scientific, engineering, and logistical challenges. The successful applicant is encouraged to develop their own skills and expertise to contribute to existing projects and to contribute to new capability development in the MR research area. Such areas currently include low-field NMR and high-power radiofrequency techniques. The position would ideally suit a person with excellent experimental skills, interested in working in developing ideas to move from the laboratory to industry applications. Significant work will also involve planning experiments and operating MR systems in the laboratory.

Your duties will include:

  • Under the supervision of more senior researchers, carrying out research investigations, requiring originality, creativity and innovation. 
  • Developing experimental programs for, and operating, CSIRO custom-built magnetic resonance spectrometers.
  • Utilising appropriate existing experimental methods, and creating new ones, to measure minerals or other materials using magnetic resonance or other spectroscopies.
  • Managing scientific projects, collecting data, analysing and interpreting data, and report writing.
  • Using knowledge in experimental physics to prototype and develop novel analysers; designing and prototyping industrial spectrometers. 
  • Working in collaboration with the team, developing spectrometers into products for commercialisation, and testing these products in industrial situations, adapting the technology as required.

Location: Lucas Heights, Sydney, NSW
Salary: AU$87k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 80475

To be considered you will need:

  • Either an Honours (or Masters) degree (or equivalent industry experience) in physics, physical sciences, or engineering with 2-3 years of post-degree experience, or a Ph.D. in physics, physical sciences, or engineering, with no additional experience required.
  • Excellent experimental and measurement skills and an expert-level understanding of spectroscopy.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, including working constructively with research scientists, engineers, support staff, and/or client personnel.
  • An interest in applying scientific problem solving and research to solve practical problems in industry.
  • Competency with scientific computing packages or other programming languages.
  • Willingness and ability to travel within Australia and overseas for periods of 2-4 weeks at a time, and to participate in field trials in remote locations (COVID-19-permitting)

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be appointed to this position you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, or an Australian Permanent Resident.

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. 


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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

Sunday 13 February 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

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