CSIRO Science Leader: Digital Disruption and the Minerals Value Chain - Minerals 4D - CSIRO - ExecutiveCareer

First listed on: 15 May 2019

CSIRO Science Leader: Digital Disruption and the Minerals Value Chain - Minerals 4D

The Opportunity

• Apply your mathematics expertise to large and complex mineral resource data challenges
• Help position Australia for digital transformation of the mining value chain

• Make a difference!  Join CSIRO as our Mineral Resources “rising star” Science Leader

As a Science Leader with CSIRO Mineral Resources, you will lead CSIRO’s research and innovation in digital disruption within the minerals value chain –Minerals 4D.  While huge steps are being made in the ability to collect, deal with, and extract information from Big Data, utilisation and adoption of this approach by the minerals industry is far behind.  In this role, you will collaborate to develop a mineral data analytics platform that will examine ways in which applied mathematics can be combined with data streams from sensors in mineral analysis and mapping. 

Using your deep knowledge of applied mathematics to mineral resource data streams, machine learning modelling and the application of Bayesian-based statistics, you will measure uncertainty in simulation and predictions of 3D and 4D (time series) mineralogy in the value chain.  

Achieving our mining industry’s future aspiration for fully autonomous, completely digitally-sensed and controlled operations, the ‘invisible mine’, requires a level of data collection, management, integration and fusion that challenges the status quo.  As industry leaders and global futures advisors envisage how to position their businesses towards this vision, opportunities for a new wave of technology exports and companies are opening.  As well, the need for an integrated sensing of mineralogy through the value chain, presents a large research opportunity to build a new data-driven platform and deliver value to the industry.  You will bring advances in mathematical geosciences, data science, provenance and uncertainty analysis, to enable coupling of deep domain knowledge of quantified mineralogy to the latest in data science. Ultimately, the research you lead will allow us to more accurately predict how ore body mineralogy affects value creation and destruction through the mining, sorting and beneficiation processes.

The program is directed towards mid-career researchers who have ~10 to 15 years of post PhD experience, and:
• have established expertise and knowledge aligned to the strategic priority areas;
• bring novel capability into CSIRO; and
• develop cutting edge technology platforms not already in CSIRO.

As part of this key leadership role, you will

 Lead a scientific initiative to develop an analytics platform which examines ways in which applied mathematics can be combined with mineral resources data streams.
• Develop expertise in tipping point transitions to understand system behaviour and dynamical change from data.
• Create new tools for the minerals industry and to recognise future commercialisation opportunities.
• Anticipate industry and/or community needs and market direction through client liaison/networking 
• Communicate research results through oral and written reports and produce high quality papers suitable for publication and for presentation at national and international conferences.
• Lead research projects of significant size and provide guidance in the execution of projects.
• Work collaboratively as a leader and active member of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team to undertake independent scientific investigations.

Location:           Perth, Western Australia
Salary:               Attractive salary package offered

Tenure:             Indefinite with an initial five years specific science leader funding
Reference No.:  61397

A successful science leader will:

 be recognised by their peers as making a significant contribution in their field of science or engineering;
• have a track record of translating scientific outcomes into impact;
• demonstrate the ability to collaborate at the intersection of disciplines;
• bring an extensive network which they will actively share across the whole organisation, engaging and satisfying multiple stakeholders; and
• have the ability to mentor a team of talented postdoctoral fellows and postgraduate students and attract distinguished visiting researchers.

To discuss this pivotal role in more detail, click on the link to the brochure below and make contact now.



At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment - CSIRO

CSIRO’s Commitment to Diversity

We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish. D&I Strategy

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

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Applications Close

Sunday 7 July, 2019 (11:59pm AEST)