Career options

We employ a number of scientists and engineers to undertake research which is vitally important to Australia’s ongoing global competitiveness. In addition, there are many critical roles that provide the support structure underlying these research activities.

Opportunities to suit your skills

Our ongoing history of successful collaboration with industries, governments and communities worldwide provides our staff with opportunities in almost all areas of scientific research; from the molecules of life to the molecules in space.

We find ways to improve quality of life and economic performance. In between, we discover, invent, educate, challenge, develop, solve, question and answer. As a result, our career options are as varied as what we do. Employment activities fall into two main streams:

  • Research scientists/engineers
  • Research support services.

Each stream offers a different career path depending on your skills, career objectives and the sort of work you are looking for. Careers can often switch between the two streams.

We're one of Australia's largest employers of research scientists and engineers but we also require people with diverse skills in a broad range of areas. These may include technical assistants, tradespeople, financial and human resource managers, librarians, journalists, communicators, information technologists, legal officers and administrative staff.

Positive impact: Since we started as the CSIR in 1926, we’ve advanced Australia with a range of inventions and innovations that have had significant positive impact on the lives of people around the world.

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Narrator: Because since 1926 we have had profound impacts on our nation.

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Because we helped control prickly pear, rabbits and stock disease.

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Because we introduced radar and rainforest research.

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Because we helped beam images worldwide of man on the moon, and because we kept flies off Her Majesty by creating Aerogard

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Because we developed self-twisting yarn and made childrens' clothing safer than any in the world.

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Because we developed one of the safest pesticides in history.

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Because we exported smelting technology around the globe.

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Because we invented plastic bank notes and a treatment for flu.

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And because we've played significant roles in protecting our environment.

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Because we invented the world's best wireless technology for our homes and offices.

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Because we are at the forefront of monitoring our oceans and climate. Because we are one of the top ten applied research organisations in the world.

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Because we are central to our nation, leading the world in the science and technology that will define all of our futures.

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Because we will stay awake tonight solving the problems that people will read about in tomorrow's newspaper.

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For these reasons and many others, you and we, are all agents of positive impact.

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