First listed on: 15 January 2022

Prototype Development Magnetic Resonance Scientist

The Opportunity

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  • Do you have a background in designing and prototyping instruments?
  • Can you lead the development of novel MR sensors?
  • Join CSIRO Mineral's today and help us make a difference!

CSIRO are looking to appoint an early to mid-career scientist within our Mineral Resources’ Magnetic Resonance Development Team, at the Lucas Heights laboratory located in southern Sydney. The successful applicant will, with guidance, use their knowledge of physics to lead the development of novel magnetic resonance (MR)-based on-line instruments to solve a range of challenging, real-world problems in the mining, security, and other industries. The group’s objective is to deploy advanced sensing technology through commercialisation and the successful applicant will develop the technology in a team environment with a view to commercialisation in the medium term. The successful applicant will report to the Team Leader and will complete research tasks as part of the development of magnetic resonance sensors for industry applications.

The position offers considerable variety, tackling scientific and engineering challenges. The successful applicant is encouraged to use or 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, among others. The position would ideally suit a person with an excellent theoretical understanding of physics concepts, interested in working in developing ideas to move from the laboratory to industry applications. Significant work is envisaged in planning experiments and operating magnetic resonance systems in the laboratory.

Your duties will include:

  • Designing and prototyping industrial spectrometers with team support
  • Using computer modelling to validate experimental results
  • Operating CSIRO custom-built magnetic resonance spectrometers
  • Collecting data, analysis of data and report writing
  • Using and understanding electromagnetic and solid-state physics models to explain experimental data
  • Taking part in technology field trials in Australia and overseas.

Location: Lucas Heights, Sydney, NSW
Salary: AU$102k - AU$111k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 80474

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD (or equivalent industry experience) in physics, physical sciences, or engineering, coupled with excellent experimental and measurement skills.
  • The ability to independently deliver assigned research project objectives and report outcomes within a specified timeframe. 
  • 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.
  • Familiarity with MATLAB software 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 eligible to work in CSIRO 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

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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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