Iron Ore Processing Research Projects Officer

Date Posted: 24 Jun 2024
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Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

  • Contribute to the delivery of research projects related to decarbonisation of the iron ore and steel value chain
  • Join the Sintering and Pelletising team within CSIRO Mineral Resources
  • Opportunity to accelerate your career!


Due to project growth, we are currently seeking a Research Project Officer with experience in Iron Ore Processing to join our team on a specified term until 30 June 2026. 


CSIRO Mineral Resources (CMR) is one of the largest minerals R&D groups in the world, with ~350 employees, and has a proud track record of supporting industrial innovation across the minerals value chain. We apply our expert knowledge and specialised research to deliver technologies and solutions that solve complex and challenging problems faced by minerals and METS (mining equipment, technology, and services) companies, governments, and other industry stakeholders.


As an Iron Ore Processing Research Projects Officer, you will be involved in all aspects of laboratory and pilot scale testing, focusing particularly on sintering and pelletising, and iron ore reduction as well as metallurgical testing of lump and agglomerated products. You will have access to a range of characterisation, solid/gas reactors and as well as state-of-the-art pilot scale facilities. 


This is a Monday to Friday position based on site at Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT) in Pullenvale, QLD. 


Your duties will include:

  • Under limited supervision conduct laboratory and pilot-scale iron ore sintering/pelletising tests and reduction research. 
  • Carry out standard and non-standard testing and relevant research related to feed materials for blast furnace and direct reduction ironmaking processes. 
  • Ensure adherence to established testing and product evaluation protocols. 
  • Collect and process experimental data on an ongoing basis.  
  • Provide technical assistance in maintaining databases and pilot and laboratory scale facilities.
  • Develop and maintain expertise in the area of high temperature processing of iron ores relevant to the group's research activities. 
  • Respond to changes to experimental plan or alternative directions from the project leader. 
  • Other duties as directed.


Location: Pullenvale, Brisbane, QLD

Salary:  AU$68k to AU$86k pa + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:  Specified Term until 30 June 2026

Reference:  96023


To be considered you will need:


  • A relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent relevant work experience in Mineral Processing, Metallurgy, or Chemical Engineering.
  • Demonstrated ability to collect, analyse and report data to solve engineering/scientific problems under limited supervision.
  • 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 to comprehend and convey detailed instructions/procedures.
  • Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of laboratory and pilot-scale processing and research equipment.
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work in industrial or mining environments when required.



  • Work experience in iron ore processing or steel industry and knowledge or research experience in high temperature processing.
  • Ability to systematically examine laboratory and pilot-scale equipment operation conditions and diagnose faults.
  • Current Driver’s License.
  • Current High Risk Work Licence (LF).


For full details about this role please review the Position Description



To be considered for this position you must be an Australian / New Zealand citizen, Australian Permanent resident or you must hold a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term (until 30 June 2026).

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


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role. Please note that we will be reviewing applications as we receive them and we reserve the right to close applications earlier than the specified closing date.


Applications Close

14 July 2024, 11:00pm AEST

11:00 PM

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