CSIRO Executive Director for Environment, Energy and Resources Dr Peter Mayfield said Dr Hough had more than 25 years' experience in research leadership, stakeholder engagement and the application of research to the minerals industry and government.
"Australia's mining and resources sector remains a pivotal part of Australia's economy and future prosperity," Dr Mayfield said.
"Rob's proven leadership and strong stakeholder engagement record both at the national and international level will ensure CSIRO continues to build on our legacy of delivering relevant and impactful research to support our resources sector globally."
More recently as CSIRO's Mineral Resources Deputy Director, Dr Hough has played a key leadership role in helping the Mineral Resources business unit deliver impactful science. He has built a strong reputation for applied research leadership for the minerals industry and government, having held various executive level positions as well as advisory roles including as part of the Federal Government Modern Manufacturing Taskforce for Resource Technology and Critical Metals.
With a PhD in Applied Geochemistry, he has published widely on research on gold and the application of new techniques to exploration geology.
Dr Hough will commence immediately and is based in Perth.