Experimental Nuclear/X-ray Physicist

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Sydney, Australia

Job posting number: #7092626 (Ref:cj_80567)

Posted: January 21, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Opportunity


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  • ​​​​​​Can you develop and test prototype systems and organise experiments?
  • Are you experienced in analysing experimental data and communicating outcomes?
  • Join CSIRO Mineral Resources today and help us make a difference!


We are looking to appoint a scientist within the X-ray Technologies Group at our Lucas Heights laboratory located on the southern edge of Sydney. The X-ray technology group is part of CSIRO’s Mineral Resource Business Unit; we are world leaders in the development and commercialisation of technologies that enable the assessment of the elemental and mineralogical composition of ore in real-time or near real time. Details of some of our recent technology developments that have been successfully commercialised can be found at: 

•    Chrysos (https://www.chrysos.com.au/)
•    OLGA (https://www.gekkos.com/solutions/olga)

You, the successful applicant, will take a leading role in the progression of two of our core technologies: real time Gamma Activation Analysis (GAA) and real time X-ray imaging and reconstruction. Working in both these areas, you will develop and test prototype systems, organise experiments, lead technology trials, communicate findings and collaborate with industry partners.

Your duties will include:

  • Under the supervision of senior researchers, assisting in the planning and preparation of research proposals and carrying out research investigations, requiring originality, creativity, and innovation. 
  • Utilising appropriate existing experimental methods, and creating new ones, to measure elements or minerals using GAA and X-ray imaging.
  • Running Monte Carlo simulations to test ideas and/or validate experiments. 
  • Organising all facets of experiments to further an idea; this includes the procurement of hardware, setting up equipment like X-ray tubes, flat panels, and scintillators, using computer programming to run the experiment, and data acquisition.
  • Analysing experimental data and communicating outcomes. 
  • Assuming a leadership role (can be as project leader) and collaborating with engineers to design and build industrial analyser prototypes for testing in industry.


Location: Lucas Heights, Sydney, NSW

Salary: AU$102k - AU$111k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 80567

To be considered you will need:

  • A Ph.D. or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience in a relevant field such as (nuclear) physics, or physical sciences or engineering, coupled with demonstrated excellent experimental skills involving X-ray and gamma-ray measurement hardware
  • Good theoretical understanding of physics concepts particularly in the areas of nuclear and/or X-ray physics. 
  • Ability to design and independently deliver assigned research project objectives and report outcomes within a specified timeframe. 
  • Familiarity with Python or other scripting/programming languages.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake original, creative, and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems.
  • 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 work in CSIRO you must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

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 20 February 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

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Job posting number:#7092626 (Ref:cj_80567)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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