Research Technician - Coke Making and Testing

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Brisbane, Australia

Job posting number: #7092763 (Ref:cj_81440)

Posted: January 25, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The Opportunity


  • Do you have hands-on experience conducting laboratory and pilot scale experiments?
  • Be a valued part of the CSIRO Carbon Steel Materials Group
  • Create a dynamic career path in this exciting role


The Carbon Steel Materials Group in the Mineral Resources Business Unit conducts research and consulting services across the iron ore and metallurgical coke value chain. The group works closely with industry creating impacts that include growing Australia’s resource base, increasing productivity and reducing environmental footprint in the carbon steel value chain. The group operates pilot and laboratory experiments across areas including sintering & pelletising, Geometallurgy, high temperature chemistry and coke making and testing. 

As a Research Technician, you will be involved in operating and maintaining unique pilot plant equipment as well as conducting pilot scale experiments aimed at supporting the placement of Australian Metallurgical coals in the international export market.

Your duties will include:

  • Providing scientific and technical input into coke making and contributing to the development of coke/coke making capabilities and expertise within the Carbon Steel Materials program.
  • Participating in laboratory and pilot scale experimental work in the area of coke making.
  • Collecting and processing experimental data on an ongoing basis to a high degree of accuracy.
  • Preparing data and reports for internal and external customers.
  • Maintaining and upgrading laboratory and pilot scale equipment.
  • Developing and maintaining expertise in the area of coke making relevant to Carbon Steel Materials research activities.


Location:  Pullenvale, Brisbane QLD

Salary:  $66k to $84k pa + up to 15.4% super

Tenure:  Specified term of 36 months  

Reference:  81440

To be considered you will need:


  • Relevant trade certificate, diploma or bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience in metallurgy, pyrometallurgy, mineral processing, science, chemical engineering and/or prior employment with a commercial laboratory.
  • Demonstrated hands-on ability to conduct laboratory and pilot scale experiments, to prepare feed materials, to collect and analyse test data, and to interpret and report results to supervisors.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct analytical test work to a high degree of accuracy in strict adherence to established procedures.
  • Ability to apply your prior knowledge to the area of coke-making. Experience in maintaining laboratory and pilot-scale equipment and diagnosing faults.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work in a team environment, utilise resources effectively, meet deadlines, and adapt to a dynamic work environment while maintaining work quality and performance.
  • Well-developed oral and written communication skills demonstrated by an ability to comprehend and convey detailed instructions/procedures. Intermediate to advanced computing skills.


A current National Forklift Ticket and a Current Manual Drivers’ Licence would be highly desirable.


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. 

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

06 February 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

We’re working hard to build a safe and welcoming culture where people can bring their whole selves to work. Valuing and enabling difference empowers our people, unlocking their potential to innovate and shape the future for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today. We're the people that stay awake solving the world’s big questions. This is true of our science and of our people. Our mission is to create benefit for Australia through impactful science and innovation but we know that that's not possible without an inclusive and diverse culture. We're working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

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Job posting number:#7092763 (Ref:cj_81440)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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