Energy Modelling Research Scientist

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Newcastle, Australia

Job posting number: #7117388 (Ref:cj_90745)

Posted: December 7, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The Opportunity



•    Are you a Research Scientist with expertise in Energy Modelling?

•    Work with internationally renowned scientists to support Australia’s electricity systems transition

•    Join CSIRO Energy and make a difference!


The role of Research Scientist/Engineer staff is to conduct innovative research leading to scientific achievements that are aligned with CSIRO’s strategies. 
The Research Scientist/Engineer may be engaged in scientific activity ranging from fundamental research to the investigation of specific industry or community problems. The Research Scientist/Engineer will have the opportunity to build and maintain networks, play a lead role in securing project funds, provide scientific leadership, and pursue new ideas and approaches that create new concepts. 
As Energy modelling research scientist, you will work closely with internationally renowned research scientists and engineers to develop cutting edge digital tools to support Australia’s electricity system transition.  You will support testing of new methods for delivering demand flexibility from commercial & industrial, residential loads. 
As an experienced researcher, you will work with a range of energy modelling tools, handle large data sets, carry out independent research, publish your work in reputed journals and conferences.



Your duties will include:


•    Take ownership of energy model development activities including model validation with real life data, model maintenance and upgrade activities.
•    Explore new ways to integrate data science and physics in energy modelling for delivering new outcomes in the energy flexibility research area.
•     Under the supervision of more senior researchers, assist in the planning and preparation of research proposals and carry out research investigations. 
•    Utilise modelling and domain knowledge to support testing, data collection activities.
•    Present results in a meaningful format, prepare reports for clients and/or write scientific papers for publication.  
•    Participate in interactions within CSIRO and external stakeholders to identify solutions to their problems.
•    Participate and actively contribute to project team discussions and support successful delivery. 
•    Adhere to the spirit and practice of CSIRO’s Code of Conduct, Health, Safety and Environment procedures and policy, Diversity initiatives and Making Safety Personal goals.
•    Other duties as directed.

Location:  Newcastle, NSW

Salary:  AU$105,806 - AU$114,500 + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:  Indefinite, Full-time

Reference:  90745



To be considered you will need:


Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.
1.    A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as engineering/physical sciences/applied mathematics.
2.    Demonstrated experience in undertaking novel, innovative research in one or more of the following areas: building energy efficiency, demand response, energy flexibility, digital energy systems.
3.    Demonstrated experience using one or more modelling tools such as Energy Plus, Modelica, Open Studio or MATLAB for solving energy research problems related to buildings, HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) and Distributed Energy Resource (DER) systems. 
4.    Demonstrated experience applying data driven modelling methods using one or more programming languages such as Python, R, C++, C#, or MATLAB to solve energy domain problems. 
5.    A demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals. 
6.    Evidence of understanding business & customer needs and experience developing solutions to meet these needs.

1.    Experience of working in the following research topics:  HVAC controls in buildings, optimisation of DER, demand flexibility. 
2.    Demonstrated experience working with real-time data from IoT sensors or metering equipment.
3.    Experience using common software development tools and processes.
4.    Experience in writing grant applications in the associated field of research.
5.    Ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, potentially regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
6.    Experience in project leadership, technical leadership.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description.



Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents.  

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

Sunday 8th January 2023, 11:00 PM AEDT   

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