Data Steward

Date Posted: 4 Dec 2023

Location: Perth, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

  • Join the Characterisation Program within CSIRO Mineral Resources (CMR)
  • Play a key role in developing best data management practices through developing new data infrastructure, processes and workflows
  • Collaborative, flexible workplace that values you and your career development


The Characterisation Program’s instruments and laboratories are the major source of data for over 300 researchers working in all aspects of mineral resources research. Data stewards have been defined as part of an organisation-wide increased focus on stronger digital governance and to ensure our data and software are turned into assets that have ongoing value.

As a Data Steward, you will be responsible for working with our instrument scientists, researchers and other CSIRO data management professionals to design and implement data management solutions that maximise the value of our digital assets.

You will work as part of the broader managed data ecosystem within CSIRO as we expand the number of dedicated data management professionals across the organisation. As an expert in best practice data management, you will link us to organisational-level discussions and help us constantly improve our digital asset management by implementing new strategies and practical solutions as opportunities arise.


Your duties will include:

  • Becoming an expert in the range of data types we work with, their spatial and other relationships to each other.
  • Building a systematic knowledge of our current data management practices to identify opportunities and enabling technologies to support business processes.
  • Playing a key role in developing best practice data management practices through developing new data infrastructure, processes and workflows for our researchers, and customers both internal and external.
  • Understanding the inventory of analytical equipment we operate across sites and proactively incorporate the instruments into the CSIRO digital ecosystem.
  • Upskilling Characterisation Program and other Mineral Resources staff in best practice data management.
  • Other duties as directed.


Location: Kensington, WA

Salary:  AU$105k to AU$114kpa + up to 15.4% super

Tenure:  3 Year Specified Term

Reference:  95278


To be considered you will need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Management or related field, or equivalent experience in research data curation and management.    
  • Knowledge of research IT computing techniques for data processing, transfer, storage, and management. 
  • Knowledge of data modelling concepts and experience developing databases/data warehouses. 
  • Knowledge of data representation, documentation standards and processes. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with the ability to present complex technical issues to non-specialists. 



  • Experience in information management and data processing using software platforms. 
  • Experience gained in a research-related position working with multiscale/multi-dimensional research data from microscopy, spectroscopy and chemical analysis. 
  • Experience in managing or designing research data infrastructure to provide digital solutions to enhance scientific research. 
  • Experience with Python, Java, SQL, and NoSQL.
  • Experience working with cloud infrastructure & services(AWS, GCP or Azure) 


For full details about this role please review the Position Description



Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role 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.

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

07 January 2024, 11:00pm AEDT

11:00 PM

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