Research Projects Officer - Biogeochemical Tracers

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Hobart, Australia

Job posting number: #7116753 (Ref:cj_90689)

Posted: November 24, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

The Opportunity


  • Key role for Research Projects Officer in Hobart 
  • Make an impact in this established Biogeochemical tracers team
  • Join CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere and make a difference!



The role of Research Projects staff in CSIRO is to collaborate in scientific and technological activities with other research staff usually by assisting with detailed planning, undertaking, or assisting with experimental, observational or technology development work, and in carrying out the more practical aspects of the work.


This position will sit within the Biogeochemical Tracers team. The successful candidate will balance multiple roles and multidisciplinary projects, including work with the provenance of agricultural and fisheries products, carbon locking, and ensuring environmental sustainability.



Your duties will include:


  • Under general direction, contribute to research and/or technology through the development of original and adapted experimental methods, equipment, or software.
  • Undertake a wide variety of tasks or tasks with a high degree of specialisation.
  • Show initiative to seek new approaches to meet experimental or technological needs when encountering new problems where methods are not defined.
  • Participate in the identification and definition of research and/or technological problems with colleagues.
  • Liaise with clients to determine their needs and take personal responsibility for their satisfaction.
  • Participate in planning projects and accept responsibility for scheduling and completion of major parts of the project, including evaluation of options, experimental design, data collection and analysis, user and customer research, user experience and/or software design, implementation, and delivery.
  • Make significant contributions to the interpretation and communication of research or technological results and may collaborate on drafting presentations to, and/or detailed written reports for, clients and the scientific and/or technology community. 
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team to carry out tasks in support of CSIRO’s scientific objectives.
  • Other duties as directed.



Location: Hobart, TAS

Salary: AU$89,680-$101,459 + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite / Full-time

Reference: 90689

To be considered you will need:



Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.


  • To oversee sample preparations and analyse samples for bulk tissue, compound specific analysis and dissolved gas isotopic composition of 13C and, 15N.
  • Operation and maintenance of the Isotope Ratio Mass spectrometer (IRMS) and the n the GC and combustion interface, -IRMS, Gas Bench-IRMS, and elemental analyser (EA)-IRMS. 
  • To process the raw data (data collation, calibration, QA) and provide interpretation of the results for samples listed in objective (a) to produce quality-controlled results.
  • To provide quality-controlled results/data summaries to project leaders/clients/collaborators requesting analyses. 
  • To contribute and produce high quality scientific and technical reports, journal articles, conference papers and presentations. Help facilitate, train, and supervise collaborators/clients/students using equipment.
  • To communicate with the finance team for the journaling of internal projects. Manage samples received in the GC-GC-IRMS laboratory, including completion of Fast Track agreements for external clients, management of milestones in O2D, and invoicing for work completed. 
  • Ability to identify appropriate methodology for new research areas, for example to utilize biogeochemical approaches to address efficacy of carbon dioxide removal. 
  • To participate in and help organise field work (terrestrial and on-water). 
  • QC, format and enter data and metadata from remote sensing databases into national and international databases.
  • Experience working in a PC2 environment.
  • Familiarity with Relevant HSE requirements for both laboratory-based work and field work.
  • Familiarity with microbial genomics techniques.
  • Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.



  • Familiarity with R


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


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents. 

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. 

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

Wednesday 30th November 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:#7116753 (Ref:cj_90689)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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