First listed on: 22 June 2022

CSIRO Missions - Toward Net Zero


Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity

CSIRO’s Towards Net Zero Mission is a rare opportunity to work together with Australian regions and industries to help them achieve net zero emissions and realise the opportunities of a low carbon economy.

We need early to mid-career researchers in both social science and science and engineering to solve impossible problems to create new growth industries and jobs for Australia and ensure the ongoing global competitiveness of Australian resources, agriculture and regional communities. 

We particularly welcome applications from candidates with a background in computer and data sciences who are passionate about applying those skills to help to solve Towards Net Zero Mission problems.

We know it will be essential to not just develop new technology to meet these goals, but to also address barriers to deployment of that technology and use the net zero transition to support other community and industry needs. Australian businesses need practical tools to remain globally competitive as an increasing number of trading partners and international supply chains decarbonise and the Australian economy can flourish with new and emerging low emissions industries.

Achieving this will require the demonstration of technology at scale to drive wider adoption. 

Developing and demonstrating effective, high abatement potential technology with industry and regional partners will equip Australia to reduce its emissions while capitalising on our many natural advantages to export technology, low carbon products, carbon offsets and help our trading partners to reduce global emission.  

The mission will focus on four areas to enable Net Zero Emissions goals of industry, governments and communities around Australia: 

  • Science-based frameworks for achieving Net Zero Emissions 
  • Standardised assessment techniques including digital carbon monitoring systems 
  • New high-abatement potential technologies for industry and agriculture 
  • Growth, high value jobs and transition pathways 

For more information on the Toward Net Zero Mission, go to 

To be considered you will need:

You will have either completed a PhD, Master of Science or Master of Engineering in a science, engineering, economics or social sciences or research discipline relevant to the mission and have three years relevant work experience. Or, you will have completed a PhD, Master of Science or Master of Engineering qualification within the last three years or will have a doctoral or master thesis submitted prior to commencement with CSIRO. ?? 

For Master of Science or Master of Engineering graduates you must also have equivalent levels of original and significant contributions to research and development to that expected of a new PhD graduate. ? 

Your qualifications are essential for the current opportunities, but we are also looking for more unique skills to bring new ways of thinking, problem solving and leadership to contribute to CSIRO Missions and culture.  

How we deliver progress and change is important.  

An ability to recognise and exploit opportunities to carry out original, creative, and innovative research is essential. Your design thinking and desire to generate impact will drive creativity, innovation and evolve our approach to unlocking a better future for everyone.  

By thinking beyond specific research projects to apply individual knowledge, skills, and expertise you will contribute to and support the national innovation system.  

Leveraging a broad network and relationships within national, global, trans-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder environments?and collaborating with a diverse range of stakeholders, you will challenge current approaches and develop future research.  

If you are seeking purpose, want to lead with vision and contribute to new research insights and future innovations, CSIRO could be the opportunity to connect with other like minds, as a trusted advisor building shared meaning and purpose.  

Location: Capital city and regional locations 
Salary: AU$87,068k – AU$111,165 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: 3-year term 
Reference: 85781


Applications are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia. Visa sponsorship may be provided to eligible onshore 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. 

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. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

What we need from you

Work history and qualifications are only one part of your story. We want to know what motivates you to join us and how we can support you to realise your promise and potential.  

The questions below are essential in helping us understand what you are looking for and need to be included in a cover letter to show us why Toward Net Zero would be impossible without you.  

  1. How will your research align with CSIRO Missions and commitment to solving science’s greatest challenges?  

  1. What are your unique attributes and skills which will contribute to unlocking a better world for everyone?  

  1. What culture and research environment will help you reach your potential and what do you need from CSIRO to help you get there? 

  1. Please provide a summary of your technical skills. 

Applications Close

17 July 2022, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT 

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