Process Engineer - High Temperature Processing System Design

Date Posted: 22 Mar 2024
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Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity

  • ​​​​​​Be a key member of the Process Development team within CSIRO Mineral Resources
  • Contribute to strategic and applied research across a broad range in the Critical Minerals domain 
  • Create a dynamic career path in this exciting role


CSIRO is one of the world’s largest and most successful publicly funded research and development organisations. We are committed to outcome-focused research that will generate economic, environmental, and social benefits. We maximise the impact we deliver for Australia by focusing on solving its greatest challenges. As Australia’s national science and engineering agency our innovation and excellence places us in the top ten applied research agencies in the world. We’re the people behind Wi-Fi, soft contact lenses and the Hendra virus vaccine – and we’re Australia’s leading patent holder.


We are seeking a Process Engineer with expertise in system design and construction for high-temperature mineral processing and metal production. You will join the CSIRO Mineral Resources’ Process Development Team which is part of the Processing Program which delivers science that underpins the development and delivery of research outcomes for Australia’s minerals and metals sectors and global consumers.

As the Process Engineer you will support innovative research, and have the opportunity to build and maintain networks, contribute to secure project funds, and pursue new ideas and approaches that create new concepts.

Your duties will include:

  • Within broad guidelines, use professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and work experience/achievement to contribute to formulate, develop and complete an approved suite of projects aligned to the impact areas of the Processing Program.
  • Collaborate effectively with multidisciplinary teams as well as external partners to conduct mechanical and thermodynamic designs and construct high temperature processing systems for critical minerals. 
  • Contribute to the safety analysis for complex high temperature systems. 
  • Contribute to ensure timely project delivery including the system design and construction, conducting, interpretation, reporting and communication of research results to relevant audiences.
  • Other duties as directed.


Location: Melbourne, VIC

Salary: AU$110k - AU$119k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 2 years / Full-time

Reference: 95904


To be considered you will need:

It is highly recommended that you address the relevant Selection Criteria in your cover letter, in addition to providing your C.V.


Essential criteria

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and work experience) in a relevant field such as Metallurgy, Materials Engineering/Science or Chemical Engineering.
  • Proven industrial knowledge and experience in the design and construction of complex systems involving high-temperature processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to generate and pursue ideas and solutions to complex problems involved in system design through applying relevant knowledge and experience and conducting research.
  • Familiarity with safety analysis techniques, e.g. HAZOP/HAZAN, and a commitment to ensuring the highest standards of safety in all processes.
  • Evidence of working effectively with multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain stakeholder relationships, together with strong written and oral communication skills. 


Desirable criteria

  • Demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications.  
  • Evidence of having worked with the light metals group and lithium metal, in particular.


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 and International Applicants. Visa Sponsorship may be provided to eligible candidates. 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. 


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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. Please provide your responses to the selection criteria in a separate section or as a separate document with your application.


Applications close

22 April 2024, 11:00pm AEDT

11:00 PM

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