Senior Research Scientist - Flowsheeting and Techno-economic Modelling

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Melbourne, Australia

Job posting number: #7093053 (Ref:cj_81065)

Posted: January 28, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The Opportunity


  • Combine your research, stakeholder engagement & project management skills in one role!
  • Key ongoing, full-time position within CSIRO Energy business unit
  • Join the supportive team at CSIRO – Australia’s National Science Agency!


We are seeking an experienced, inventive and client-focused Senior Research Scientist to join our Energy Technologies Program, in an ongoing role within CSIRO Energy business unit. 

The role will focus on electrochemical energy systems for the production of renewable fuels such as hydrogen, ammonia and low emissions energy applications. You will play a key role within the wider team, and will be responsible for the external engagement and project development activities. You will be also expected to develop your own research domain to augment and grow CSIRO’s capabilities in the priority areas.

This will be a great development opportunity for a research scientist who enjoys working with external stakeholders and is looking for the next step in their research career. 

Your duties will include:

  • 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 modelling or experimental aspects of research projects.
  • Engaging externally and acting as a trusted advisor, utilising knowledge of client’s business and understanding of their underlying needs.
  • Within broad guidelines, 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.
  • Communicating research results to clients and the scientific community through oral and written reports, which may include the preparation of documents for patent applications.
  • Leading and supervising staff to ensure that experiments are established in accordance with the research design and are completed within the agree timeframes and budget.
  • Undertaking feasibility studies, demonstrating a considerable degree of originality, creativity and innovation in solving problems and introducing new directions and approaches. 


Location: Melbourne (Clayton), VIC

Salary: AU$117K to AU$138K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite

Reference: 81065

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD in Chemical Engineering, with a strong background in ASPEN software skills and techno-economic evaluation backed with substantial previous experience and publication record in the relevant field.
  • Sound working knowledge of flowsheeting, material and energy balances, sizing and costing of process equipment, new conceptual flowsheet development and evaluation techniques for hydrogen energy technologies.
  • Experience with establishing new experimental setup and undertaking or supervising experimental test work in the laboratory.
  • Established reputation, network and experience in relevant fields associated with chemical processing and energy technologies.
  • A track record of developing and delivering large client-focussed research projects, with demonstrated project management skills.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be currently residing in Australia as 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. 


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

6 February 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

We’re working hard to build a safe and welcoming culture where people can bring their whole selves to work. Valuing and enabling difference empowers our people, unlocking their potential to innovate and shape the future for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today. We're the people that stay awake solving the world’s big questions. This is true of our science and of our people. Our mission is to create benefit for Australia through impactful science and innovation but we know that that's not possible without an inclusive and diverse culture. We're working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

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Job posting number:#7093053 (Ref:cj_81065)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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