First listed on: 13 May 2022

Spatial Mineralogist


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The Opportunity

  • Apply modern mineralogical techniques to deliver innovative solutions across the mineral resources value chain
  • Use your skills & contribute to responsible & sustainable exploration practices
  • Join the CSIRO Discovery Program – a diverse team working together on applied research to deliver impact in mineral exploration!

CSIRO Mineral Resources (CMR) is one of the largest minerals research and development groups in the world, with a proud track-record of delivering innovative solutions across the mineral resources value chain. Our multidisciplinary expertise and specialised research techniques and equipment are used to solve the challenging and complex problems faced by minerals mining and exploration companies, as well as mining equipment, technology, and services (METS) companies.

CSIRO Mineral Resources is seeking a motivated Spatial Mineralogist to work as part of a multidisciplinary group of CSIRO researchers, external clients, including industry, CRCs, and other government agencies, on research relevant to the mineral exploration industry. The role will be focused on applying and developing advanced mineralogical techniques at across scales to better understand mineral systems.   
The position will be based at the Australian Resources Research Centre in Perth (on Wadjuk Noongar Country), Western Australia, which offers world-class laboratory facilities in a dynamic research environment. CSIRO provides an attractive remuneration package that includes a generous superannuation scheme, flexible work options, travel, and multiple leave options including paid maternity and parental leave. 

Your duties will include:

  • Acquiring, collating and interpreting a range of geoscience data sets including but not limited to field and lab-based mineralogy,geochemistry, and structural measurements.
  • Contributing to the communication of research or technological results in internal and external forums, technical reports, and scientific papers.
  • Working collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary, research team to carry out tasks in support of CSIRO’s scientific objectives.

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 12 months 
Reference: 84097

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD in Applied Geoscience.
  • Demonstrated experience collecting, processing, and interpreting electron beam-based mineralogy techniques including EBSD-EDX, SEM-EDX and FE-SEM for mineral systems applications. 
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing geological samples for microanalysis including coring, cutting, polishing, thin section preparation, and etching.
  • Experience in using The Spectral Geologist software for working with hyperspectral datasets. 
  • Expertise in the development and application of automated mineral strain and fabric pattern analysis approaches via ImageJ, and MATLABTM toolboxes FracPaQ and GBPaQ and interface with model output from ELLE.
  • Experience in the planning and execution of rock deformation experiments with impact on crystallographic preferred orientation, shape preferred orientation and hydration reactions.
  • Willingness to undertake field work and learn new data acquisition and processing methods that may include state-of-the-art quantitative mineralogical equipment, drone-based measurements, LiDAR, machine learning and new space-borne hyperspectral systems
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a multidisciplinary and diverse research team, and the motivation and discipline to carry out independent research to achieve organisational goals. 

For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to all onshore 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. 

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. 

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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

Thursday 16th June, 11:00pm AEST.

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