Research Technician - Coke Making

Date Posted: 27 Mar 2024
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Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity

  • Bring your hands-on experience conducting laboratory and pilot scale experiments
  • Be a valued part of the CSIRO Mineral Resources’ Carbon Steel Materials Group
  • 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 the 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.


The Carbon Steel Materials Group within CSIRO Mineral Resources 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.

This is a full time Monday to Friday position based at our Pullenvale site, QLD.


Your duties will include:

  • 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.
  • Other duties as directed.


Location:  Pullenvale, QLD

Salary:  $70k to $90k pa + up to 15.4% super

Tenure:  Specified term of 24 months  

Reference:  96335


To be considered you will need:


  • A 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.



  • Work experience in the minerals industry, particularly carbon steel materials.
  • Knowledge or research experience in coke making.
  • Experience with the instrumentation, analytical techniques, methods and equipment associated with coke making at laboratory and pilot scale.
  • Current National Forklift Ticket.
  • Current Manual Drivers Licence.


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 (until end of  April 2026). 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.


Applications close

10 April 2024 11:00pm AEDT

11:00 PM

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