Research Physicist – Magnetic Resonance Prototype Development (AU)

Research Physicist job opportunity with the Magnetic Resonance Development team at CSIRO.

Location: Sydney, NSW, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Bring your Physics knowledge and experimental skills into a multi-faceted role
  • Great hands-on role with opportunity to learn from science leaders & experts
  • Grow your research career with CSIRO – Australia’s National Science Agency!


Do you have a background in Physics, and looking for an opportunity to apply it in real fundamental research? We are currently seeking a motivated Research Physicist to join our ‘Magnetic Resonance Development’ Team, and it might be next career step you’re looking for!


Our comprehensive Sensing and Sorting Research Program, within CSIRO Mineral Resources business unit, develops world-leading technology to be deployed in the Australian and global mining industry, enabling improvements in the industry’s efficiency and sustainability. Based at the ANSTO site in Lucas Heights NSW, the Research Physicist in this position will join our specialised ‘Magnetic Resonance (MR) Development’ Team, and will play a key role in developing advanced sensing prototypes and contributing to enhance CSIRO’s research capabilities in the field.


You will bring your domain knowledge in physics and your interest in experimental sciences to collect and analyse data, and assist in designing & assembling of radiofrequency sensors and developing advanced prototypes. In this varied role, you will be actively involved in a range of exciting projects, tackling scientific and engineering challenges, closely collaborating with and learning from a team of expert Physicists, and contributing to the research programs’ strategic goals and improving its commercialisation opportunities.


If you have a passion for Physics, interest in the actual research behind MR, get motivated by experimenting & developing concepts from laboratory to industry applications, and contributing to making a real difference with your work, this would be an exciting and fulfilling role for you! CSIRO champions in providing a diverse and inclusive culture, supports flexible work arrangements, and offers you excellent professional development opportunities to grow your skills & research career.

Your duties will include:

  • Assisting in designing and prototyping industrial spectrometers with team support.
  • Collecting and analysing data, and using computer modelling to validate experimental results.
  • Operating CSIRO custom-built magnetic resonance spectrometers.
  • Using and understanding electromagnetic and solid-state physics models to explain experimental data.
  • Participating in technology field trials in Australia and overseas.
  • Effectively presenting results verbally and in writing in the form of technical reports.
  • Addressing technical problems promptly and in a constructive manner, using judgement to select the most profitable lines of progress.


Location: Sydney (Lucas Heights), NSW

Salary: AU$89K – AU$101K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified Term of 3 years

Reference: 93486

To be considered you will need:

  • Minimum qualification of an honours degree in physics, or physical sciences or engineering, with at least 2 years industry or other relevant experience. A PhD qualification in this field would be highly desired and considered by the Panel.
  • Excellent experimental and measurement skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to deliver assigned research project objectives and report outcomes within a specified timeframe.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, including working constructively with research scientists, engineers, support staff and/or client personnel.
  • An interest in applying scientific problem solving and research to solve practical problems in industry.
  • Familiarity with MATLAB software or other programming languages.
  • Willingness and ability to travel within Australia and overseas for periods of 2-4 weeks at a time, and to participate in field trials in remote locations.


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


To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be either an:

  • Australian Citizen;
  • New Zealand Citizen;
  • Australian Permanent Resident; or
  • Australian Temporary Resident, currently residing in Australia, with an existing valid visa and unrestricted work rights for the full duration of the term (at least until December 2026) and no requirement for visa sponsorship from CSIRO. Please note this does not include bridging visas or other visas that are dependent upon the approval of future visas.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements. The successful candidate will be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the ANSTO site.

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.


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Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply online, and provide a detailed 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

27 August 2023, 11:00pm AES