Scientific Support Officer

Location: Melbourne
Job Type: Full time
Reference: 463929000
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science and technology research organisation
  • Flexible part time role with CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere team
  • Work with a dynamic group of researchers in the Atmospheric Composition and Chemistry Group


The position:

CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere has an outstanding opportunity for a motivated and experienced scientific support officer to join the Atmospheric Composition and Chemistry Group.  The Atmospheric Composition and Chemistry Group (ACC) contributes observation and modelling of atmospheric composition to the business of the Climate Science Centre within CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere.

The role will provide technical support to the ACC Group by assisting in the preparation of instrumentation and sampling media for field programs investigating aerosols and gases in remote and urban regions. The role will also provide the opportunity to participate in these field programs and will provide support in the processing and analysis of environmental data sets.


Specifically you will:

  • As part of a team, contribute to innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO in the area of atmospheric composition and chemistry.
  • Participate in field work as required.
  • Preparation of sampling materials and instrumentation for field programs.
  • Analyse samples of aerosols, rainwater and gases.
  • Process and analyse atmospheric chemistry data sets.
  • Contribute to reports and publications.


Location: Aspendale, Melbourne, Victoria

Salary: $61,000 - $78,000 plus up to 15.4% super

Term: Indefinite, 0.6 FTE (part time)

Reference: 56126


To be successful, you will have:

  1. A qualification in environmental science or equivalent, or equivalent relevant experience.
  2. Experience and or willingness to carry out physically demanding field work in challenging environments (e.g. marine research vessels, remote locations, industrial locations).
  3. Experience in the analysis of large data sets using for example Python and/or R.
  4. Ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team and to form and maintain effective working relationships with a broad range of collaborators.
  5. Ability to investigate underlying issues of complex and ill-defined problems and to develop appropriate responses by adapting/creating and testing alternative solutions.
  6. Understanding of atmospheric chemistry and experience in the analysis of atmospheric samples, and experience in the collection and measurements of aerosols and/or reactive gases is desirable, as is a current driver’s licence, first aid qualifications and 4WD experience.


Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world. We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate. We do this by using science and technology to solve real issues. Diversity is the compass that navigates our innovation. We provide an inclusive workplace that respects, values and actively pursues the benefits of a diverse workforce.  

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you.  Find out more Balance


CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere will support Australia’s prosperity through research underpinning sustainable economic, social, and environmental use of Australia’s marine estate and providing information, technologies, and services to governments, industries, and communities to enable adaption to changing climate and environmental conditions. 


How to Apply:  If you wish to apply for this position, please upload 1 document only containing your covering letter and resume that best demonstrates your ability to meet the requirements of the role.   


Before you apply please view the full position description and selection criteria here:  PD


Applications Close:  11:59pm AEDT, March 26th 2018