What our graduate program can offer you
As a graduate you will join other like-minded graduates on this experience together. You will be provided with support, mentoring, a structured 18-month learning and development program, and rotations within several different areas that align with your skillset and career aspirations.
At the completion of this program, you will take what you have learnt to settle into one area of specialty to continue a great career with CSIRO.
People and Culture
Our People team provides support and services that mirror our world-class science capability. Our teams work collaboratively to support our people and leaders at different points of the Employee Lifecycle, while leading our focus on culture, diversity and inclusion. Our team of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) professionals advise and guide our research and non-research people to ensure a safe working environment. Your grad experience in the People team will expose you to the employee lifecycle across a science, engineering and professional services environment.
Communications and Marketing
The Corporate Affairs team uses its best strategic and creative thinking to communicate CSIRO’s impact, maintain and protect its trustworthy reputation and engage audiences in its science. Our team cover all the communications, engagement and marketing disciplines to share breakthrough science and our role; whether that’s to the community, media, government, industry, academia or CSIRO’s 5000+ people. Your rotations in the Corporate Affairs team could be across the broad communications skillsets of brand management, marketing, digital and social, employee communication, media and government relations.
Our team provides a range of secure information management and technology (IM&T) services, from hardware needs, cyber security and software tools to records management and high-performance supercomputing to give CSIRO the edge in the digital age. The team play a leading role in the delivery of CSIRO’s continuing digital transformation and support the organisation’s evolution into Australia's national science agency of the future. As a graduate you could be involved in cyber security, business applications, web infrastructure, networks and more.
The Finance team supports CSIRO to assert and demonstrate our ability to be financially responsible, accountable and produce value to the nation through sound and transparent financial processes, procedures, and decision making. We also look after procurement and travel. Your graduate rotations could include budgets, financial accounting, performance and reporting, operations and more.
Compliance, Risk and Legal
Our Governance team is responsible for facilitating CSIRO's legal and regulatory compliance through organisational frameworks, policies and procedures and direct advice. Be involved in governance and our legislative obligations as Australia’s national science agency.
Property and Services
CSIRO’s Business and Infrastructure Services manage the provision, operation and maintenance of CSIRO's properties including more than 890 buildings across 50 Australian sites. From office sites to state-of-the-art labs and the world-famous Parkes Murriyang Telescope. The Security and Resilience team protect our People, Information and Assets. The Enterprise Project Management Office are key to delivering a common, cohesive and consistent approach to project delivery and change management within CSIRO. Your graduate experience rotations could involve our many property projects for our national facilities and security requirements.
Business Development, Growth and Strategy
Our Growth function works across Business Development and Commercialisation, Global, Program Support, Strategy and Science Impact and Policy functions. We help identify suitable markets, link world-class scientific developments with industry and help take research from the lab bench to the market, creating real-world economic, environmental and society-wide value. As a graduate your work could involve strategy planning, insights and performance, program design, change management, market analytics, business development and much more.
The Missions Program Office oversees the ongoing delivery of CSIRO’s Missions – our large-scale scientific and collaborative research initiatives aimed at making significant breakthroughs. Missions accelerate the pace and scale at which the nation can solve its greatest challenges. The team leads the strategy and design of the Missions program and supports multidisciplinary Missions teams with planning and implementation. Your graduate rotations will be in the Program Office and a science mission.
Office of the Chief Scientist
The Office of the Chief Scientist supports and invests in CSIRO research quality, science excellence and research integrity and leads our Indigenous Science Program. We focus on science impact and policy, and monitor and report on the health of our science. We’re growing CSIRO’s international and national reputation as a thought leader, catalysing the impact of Australia’s innovation ecosystem with vibrant relationships with Universities and research institutes. The Office builds CSIRO’s strategic capability and capacity to solve Australia’s greatest challenges with cutting-edge, impact-driven science. With such a wide-ranging scope, your graduate rotations will depend on your education background and interests.
Requirements and eligibility
To be eligible for our 2024 Graduate Program, you'll need to have:
- either Australian citizenship, New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency (at the time of submitting this application)
- have completed your degree within the last 3 years (ie. 2021, 2022, 2023) or be completing your degree by January 2024
- be able to commence full-time employment by the required start date of February 2024.
How to apply and timeline
If successful, you'll be invited to the following stages of the selection process where you'll receive further information for each stage.
- Applications closed 30 April 2023
- Psychometric testing takes place 3 - 7 May 2023
- Video interviews take place 10 -14 May 2023
- Assessment labs take place 30 May - 2 June 2023
- Offers made in early June 2023.
Successful candidate timeline
- Pre-engagement period July 2023 - January 2024
- Commence at CSIRO February 2024