Environmental Analytical Chemist - CSIRO - EngineeringCareer

First listed on: 04 July 2022

Environmental Analytical Chemist

Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity

  • Deliver integrated science on organic contaminants of concern in Australian environments
  • Provide science leadership & expert advice, engage with industry, government and community
  • Collaborative, multi-disciplinary team environment with incredible flexibility and work conditions

Are you a qualified analytical chemist with experience in environmental media? We are seeking a motivated Environmental Analytical Chemist to join the Industry Environments Research Program in CSIRO’s Land and Water Business Unit!

Our Industry Environments Program focuses on enhancing responsible industrial development within resilient environments, through environmental assessment technologies, water quality management, and securing, recovering & re-purposing waste. We are a truly diverse team that strives to achieve strategic scientific achievements, and believes in recruiting world-class talent that represents the diversity across our society.  

In this role, you will drive success in the Environmental Assessment and Technologies Group, within the research program, by delivering integrated science on contaminants of concern in Australian environments to enable sustainable developments and stewardship of land, water, ecosystems, and communities. You will collaborate with a range of internal & external stakeholders and provide trusted advice to government agencies, industries, and community on environmental risks of organic contaminants in the Australian environment.

If you’re interested in solving the greatest environmental challenges, this role with CSIRO will offer you excellent professional development and support to grow your research career!  

Your duties will include:

  • Supporting projects to deliver science and impact on the assessment and management of organic contaminants of concern in Australian environments for responsible and sustainable industries (i.e., Defence, Oil & Gas, Mining, and Waste sectors).
  • Undertaking leading-edge scientific research on complex experimental and technological challenges.
  • Developing a processing pipeline for complex data sets collected on various high-resolution mass spectrometers such as time-of-flight, Orbitrap, and Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance.
  • Developing and maintaining active national and international collaborations in order to access/share leading edge concepts and technology to advance project goals.
  • Publishing science findings in nationally and internationally recognized journals and communicating to a range of internal and external stakeholders (government, industry, and community).
  • Effectively balancing and addressing client and organisational needs.
  • Delivering outcomes on time, on budget, and to satisfaction of client, creating client and/or end user confidence in systems, processes, technology and results.

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Salary: AU$102K – AU$111K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified Term of 3 years
Reference: 86004

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, trace organic contaminants, or environmental science and engineering. 
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake original, creative, and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with non-target high-resolution mass spectrometry (e.g., QToF, Orbitrap, FT-ICR).
  • Experience in research projects that determine the sources, fate, behaviour and/or risks of organic contaminants in the environment.
  • Ability to multi-task to support simultaneous projects and work independently as well as in multidisciplinary teams. 
  • A demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications.

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


To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident, or either hold or be able to obtain a valid working visa (visa sponsorship for the duration of the specified term may be offered to the successful candidate 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. 

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. Please note that we strongly encourage you to respond to each of the selection criteria in detail, and attach it to your cover letter as one document.

Applications Close

7 August 2022, 11:00pm AEST