First listed on: 19 September 2022

Research Group Leader - Sustainable Carbon Technologies


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The Opportunity

  • Strategic frontline leadership role supporting a portfolio of project activities
  • Deliver on the strategic goals of the Sustainable Carbon Technologies Group
  • Foster a culture of collaboration and empower teams for research excellence

At CSIRO we are pioneering low-emission technologies in support of Australia’s energy transition and developing the science and capabilities to guide Australia towards a smart, secure, and sustainable energy future.

The Energy Technologies Program is one of three Programs within CSIRO’s Energy Business Unit. The Sustainable Carbon Technologies Group is one of three Groups in this Program, and brings its established scientific excellence and expanding technology portfolio to the challenges associated with decarbonisation of Australian industry and broader aspects of CO2 capture and utilisation pathways.

As the Research Group Leader, you will have a frontline leadership role. Reporting to the Research Program Director, you will be focused on people leadership, portfolio management, and supporting our staff to collaboratively develop new science and capabilities to create impact.

Your duties will include:

  • Play a frontline leadership role developing and managing staff, focusing on HSE risk management, implementing the refreshed Program strategy, and ensuring that CSIRO’s values are upheld, with staff being held accountable for their actions.
  • Manage a portfolio of project activities, covering a range of research topics, and take responsibility for developing Group strategy, setting objectives, budgeting, reporting, and client relationship management.
  • In collaboration with science and project leaders in the Group, develop and deliver a portfolio of strategic projects that support the long-term sustainability of the Group and Program.
  • Take responsibility for fostering safe, effective and productive collaboration and interactions between scientists, engineers, technicians, management, and external and internal clients and stakeholders.
  • Lead significant research projects, or a portfolio of project activities, which typically covers a range of research topics, and are responsible for developing project strategy, setting objectives, budgeting, reporting, and client relationship management.
  • Initiate and lead change initiatives across the Research Group and Program as required.
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research and management team to carry out tasks in support of CSIRO’s 

Location: Newcastle, NSW
Salary:  AU$141,949 - AU$157,055 per annum plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified Term of 3 years, Full-time
Reference:  88130

To be considered you will need:


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

  • A relevant degree in science, engineering, or equivalent, with managerial experience or qualifications or managerial qualifications combined with significant experience and depth of understanding of science from either a research or industry background.
  • A track record of establishing or leading effective science or engineering research or technology development teams, and a record of strong leadership that has contributed to or defined policy direction and strategy.
  • Sound technical or scientific understanding of aspects of CO2 capture and utilisation technologies or processes, or technical/engineering experience in the energy field.
  • Proven project management skills, including planning, budgeting, governance, reporting and monitoring.
  • High-level written and oral communication skills, evidenced by advanced reporting, presentation and negotiation abilities.
  • A proven ability to foster effective relationships, using complex influencing strategies to ensure alignment between client or stakeholder needs and organisational objectives.
  • A history of anticipating and successfully resolving complex technical, management and administrative issues, which have potential for impact at a strategic level. 
  • A demonstrated commitment to health, safety, and wellbeing of staff, willing to challenge the status quo in pursuit of Zero Harm.  
  • Alignment with CSIRO values (People first, Trusted, Further together, and Making it real)


  • A PhD or Masters in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline.
  • Established energy industry or innovation sector networks.  

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


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, 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.

To enter a CSIRO site, CSIRO will require you to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (or show a valid medical exemption from vaccination). If you are unable to meet this requirement, then you must return a negative result on a Rapid Antigen Test (within 48 hours prior to attending site) and wear a face mask whilst on the CSIRO site. These requirements apply if you are attending a CSIRO site as part of a recruitment process.

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

Sunday 16th October, 11:00 pm AEDT

Suitable applicants may be interviewed prior to the closing date. If this role is of interest, please submit an application as soon as possible

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