Position Details

Position Details
Research Scientist – CSOF5
Role summary for potential applicants
Advertised Job Title:
Research Economist/Scientist – Energy and Economic Modelling
Reference Number:
Salary Range:
AU $92K to AU $100K pa plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Specified Term of 3 years
Relocation assistance:
Will be provided to the successful candidate if required.
Applications are open to: 
All Candidates
Functional Area:
Research Scientist/Engineer
% Client Focus - Internal:
% Client Focus - External:
Reports to the:
Team Leader, Energy Economics and Analysis
Number of Direct Reports:
Role Overview:
We seek a researcher who will utilise their knowledge of the social and physical sciences, quantitative
modelling and energy system to develop techno-economic models of Australia’s energy sector with a view
to assessing existing and emerging energy technologies, sector trends and policy directions.
Duties and Key Result Areas:
Under the direction of senior research scientists, carry out innovative, impactful research of
strategic importance to CSIRO that will lead to important research outcomes.
Develop, apply and interpret techno-economic models of the energy system, particularly the
Australian electricity and transport sectors.
Identify and integrate key energy sector datasets from across Australia and internationally.
Produce professional reports for key industry and government clients from across the energy
sector and contribute to quality science publications.
Contribute to the development of innovative concepts and ideas for further research.
Make a contribution to the effective functioning of the research team and help deliver CSIRO’s
organisational objectives and plans.
Work collaboratively with colleagues, industry and government on critical projects for external
Communicate effectively and respectfully with all staff, clients and suppliers in the interests of
good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO’s reputation.
Adhere to the spirit and practice of CSIRO’s Values, Health, Safety and Environment plans and
policies, Diversity initiatives and Zero Harm goals.
Undertake an appropriate training and development program developed by CSIRO.
Other duties as directed.
Selection Criteria:
Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed
1. Education/Qualifications: A PhD in a relevant field of economic study and/or at least three years of
relevant professional industry experience working in the Australian energy sector.
2. Communication: High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the
research team effectively internally and externally, including at national and international
3. Publications: A record of contributing to key reports, either for industry stakeholders or academic
4. Behaviours: A history of professional and respectful behaviours and attitudes in a collaborative
Essential Criteria:
1. PhD in a relevant field of economic study and/or at least three years of relevant professional
industry experience working in the Australian energy sector.
2. Proficiency in the General Algebraic Modelling System (GAMS), MATLAB or Python programming
3. Experience in working with large data sets, including identification and integration of data relevant
to the Australian energy sector and the use of contemporary database management systems (such
as PostgreSQL and MySQL).
4. The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus
the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
5. A record of research innovation and creativity, plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel
ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.
Desirable Criteria:
1. Experience in application of the “TIMES” (The Integrated MARKAL-EFOM System) model generator.
2. Advanced skills in software development, Java and statistical software packages (such as R).
CSIRO is a values based organisation. You will need to demonstrate behaviours aligned to our values
Integrity of Excellent Science
Trust & Respect
Creative Spirit
Delivering on Commitments
Health, Safety & Sustainability.
Other Information:
How to Apply
Please apply for this position online at www.csiro.au/careers. You may be asked to provide additional
information (online) relevant to the selection criteria. If so, then responding will enhance your
application so please take the time to provide relevant succinct answers. Applicants who do not provide
the information when requested may not be considered.
If you experience difficulties applying online call 1300 301 509 and someone will be able to assist you.
Outside business hours please email: [email protected]
Referees: If you do not already have the names and contact details of two previous supervisors or
academic/ professional referees included in your resume/CV please add these before uploading your CV.
Contact: If after reading the selection documentation you require further information please contact:
Dr Luke Reedman via email: [email protected] or phone: +61 2 4960 6057
Please do not email your application directly to Dr Reedman. Applications received via this method will
not be considered.
Australia is founding its future on science and innovation. Its national science agency, the
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is a powerhouse of ideas,
technologies and skills for building prosperity, growth, health and sustainability. It serves governments,
industries, business and communities across the nation.
Find out more! www.csiro.au.
CSIRO Energy
We are pioneering low-emission technologies that create value for industry and households and provide
the knowledge which will help guide Australia towards a smart, secure energy future.
Find out more! http://www.csiro.au/en/Research/EF
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