First listed on: 26 December 2020

Junior Physicist

The Opportunity

  • Immerse Yourself in an Inclusive Culture
  • Use your Skills and Make an Impact on CSIROs Magnetic Resonance Development Team!
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's Premier Science and Technology Research Organisation

CSIRO’s Mineral Resources’ Magnetic Resonance Development Team are looking to appoint a Junior Physicist to work in the Lucas Heights laboratory located on the southern edge of Sydney. The successful applicant will be involved in the development of novel magnetic resonance (MR)-based on-line instruments to solve a range of challenging, real-world problems in the mining industry. A significant on-going project includes the development of a magnetic resonance analyser for rapid measurement of minerals in bulk ores.

The position offers considerable variety, tackling scientific, engineering and logistical challenges. There exists flexibility within the role for a successful applicant 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. The position would ideally suit a person with a good theoretical understanding of physics concepts, interested in working in developing ideas to move from the laboratory to industry application. Significant work is envisaged planning experiments and operating magnetic resonance systems in the laboratory.

Your duties will include:

  • Conducting laboratory work on mineral samples to assess the effectiveness of magnetic resonance measurement techniques.
  • Developing skills in radiofrequency measurement and analysis, including the assembly and design of radiofrequency circuits.
  • Developing an understanding in solid-state magnetic resonance physics and operating a CSIRO custom-built magnetic resonance spectrometer.
  • Developing a working knowledge of the hardware components within analyser prototypes.
  • Assessing of prototypes in field trials at mineral plants.
  • Data collection, analysis and reporting.
  • Assisting in the mechanical and electrical assembly of prototype industrial measurement analysers.
  • Using computer modelling to validate experimental results.
  • Using and understanding electromagnetic and solid-state physics models to explain experimental data.
  • Liaising with external companies over the supply of parts or equipment.
  • Taking part in technology field trials in Australia and overseas.
  • Other duties as directed.

Location:  Lucas Heights (Sydney), NSW  
Salary:  AU$63K - AU$80K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified Term of 3 years (Full-time)
Reference:  71021

To be considered you will need:

  • A degree in Physics, Physical Sciences or Engineering, at honours level minimum.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver assigned research project objectives and report outcomes within a specified timeframe whilst working under the broad direction of a supervisor.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, including working constructively with research scientists, engineers, support staff and/or client personnel.
  • Interest in applying scientific problem solving and research to solve practical problems in industry.
  • Experience in using computers for record keeping and data analysis.
  • Willing and able 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 details about who to contact and for more information please view the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to pass the ANSTO security clearance.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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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

23:59 AEDT 27th January 2021

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