Expression of Interest - CSIRO Energy Systems & Technologies

Date Posted: 18 Oct 2023

Location: Newcastle, NSW, AU | Brisbane, QLD, AU | Melbourne, VIC, AU | Perth, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

Acknowledgement of Country

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How are we working towards Australia’s energy transition to a net zero future

  • Impactful Work: As Australia's national science agency, CSIRO is well positioned to support Australian government and industry in catalysing Australia's energy transition towards net zero emissions. By bringing together research, industry, government, and communities, we are actively building Australia’s national capability to prosper and grow in a global low emissions world through new economic, societal and environmental value.
  • Valuable Industry Partnerships: We partner with local and global companies to deliver energy solutions for a sustainable future, and we also work with state and federal governments, universities, research agencies and industry groups.
  • State-of-the-art Infrastructure: At CSIRO, we manage and make available a range of world-class labs and facilities to enable scientific research and technology development. Our ‘Renewable Energy Integration Facility’ (REIF),  ‘Centre for Hybrid Energy Systems’ (CHES), and  ‘Stored Energy Integration Facility’ (SEIF) are all outstanding facilities supported by experts in the respective fields, creating collaboration hubs for researchers and industry.
  • Collaborations with Multi-disciplinary Teams: We provide opportunities to seamlessly work across various disciplines, in a truly collaborative environment, supporting diverse scientific research. We are committed to continuously building a diverse, inclusive and flexible working environment where all our people are supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. We are dedicated to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock potential.


Life at ‘CSIRO Energy’ and Our Research Programs

As the national science agency, we solve the nation’s greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. Sustainability is at the core of many of these challenges and our overall purpose.

The energy sector in Australia is undergoing a major transition, and its key components – electricity, industry, transport and exports – are all rapidly evolving to enable Australia's transition to a net-zero emissions energy future. Our ‘Energy’ research portfolio is structured around three vital Research Programs, combining multi-disciplinary energy knowledge, skills and research capability, and closely collaborating with industry and other CSIRO’s Business Units.

  • ‘Energy Systems’ Research Program – addresses the challenge of transitioning Australia's current centralised electricity grid system to a low-emissions, more distributed future state, while maintaining energy affordability and reliability.
  • ‘Energy Technologies’ Research Program – conducts analysis, modelling, design, development and demonstration activities to support the deployment of high-efficiency, low-emission energy technologies, utilising resources from coal to renewable energy sources.
  • ‘Energy Resources’ Research Program – focuses on identifying and enabling new opportunities for the sustainable development and processing of Australia's conventional, primarily offshore, oil and gas energy resources and onshore gas. This includes addressing poorly understood environmental and social impacts.


Find out more about CSIRO Energy and how our world class research programs endeavour to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to the future of Australia and the world!


Overview of who we are looking for

We are seeking creative and agile PhD students and early career researchers to help us enable Australia’s energy transition to a net zero future.

At CSIRO, our Energy Research Team has a strong focus on renewable energy, grid integration and simulation, energy storage, hydrogen and its derivatives, carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS), natural gas for baseload transition and emissions reduction. We are seeking the best minds, across the globe to work in these areas to help address important challenges in the energy value chain, all directed towards unlocking pathways to cleaner and more economical energy systems.

With nearly 300 staff members and a further 100 students, visiting scientists and honorary fellows, we are some of the best minds, with access to world class resources, solving real world problems. If you interested in joining Australia’s National Science Agency and helping enable the clean energy transition, we want to hear from you!

Opportunities are available in a range of fields including:

  • Data Management and Data Science
  • Building Energy Modelling
  • Power Systems Engineering
  • Software Engineering

By collaborating across multidisciplinary teams, you’ll grow your ability to apply your research skills to a variety of problems, and maybe even seed a new field of research.

If you have a demonstrated passion and interest in Energy, with software, energy systems or data science skills, this could be the start of your next big career step – so apply now!



All candidates are encouraged to apply, including international applicants, Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and Australian Temporary Residents with valid working rights (visa sponsorship assistance may be provided to successful international candidates if required).

Appointment to any CSIRO roles is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.


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. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

CSIRO is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people involved in our activities and programs, whether we are undertaking research, engaging with the public or nurturing future scientists in person or online. Source – CSIRO Child Safe policy 2023

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!


Where to from here?

If you are interested in opportunities within CSIRO Energy business unit, please apply online to register your interest!

If you prefer to have an informal chat before putting in your EOI (Expression of Interest), you can contact  Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander candidates are also welcome to contact our Indigenous Talent team at for more information.


Who will view your EOI?

‘CSIRO Energy’ Research Directors, Research Group Leaders, and Talent Acquisition are partnering together to review your expression of interest. We are excited to hear from you and will be in touch with you over the coming weeks where there is a potential match to an opportunity that may be your future role!


Applications Close

This opportunity will remain open until filled. However, please note that we are looking to make appointments from early 2024, and therefore will be reviewing applications as they come through. So, we strongly encourage you to apply early!

CSIRO reserves the right to withdraw this ad if required. 

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