First listed on: 14 March 2023

CSIRO Research Development Indigenous Graduate Program (Identified Role - Indigenous)


Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

Build your career with CSIRO

Our Indigenous Graduate Program offers more than just technical training in your discipline. The program is intended to enhance your capability through a strong focus on professional development so you can become a future leader in your field.

This 18-month program gives you the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s foremost researchers, connect with other Indigenous graduates across Australia and work on projects and build skills that are of interest to you.

We will work with you to align your skills, qualifications and career aspirations with a suitable team and/or project that can support you to become a future leader. We will work with you to develop a tailored learning and development plan and support you through the entirety of your program and beyond with a dedicated Indigenous Graduate Program Coordinator.

You will have access to time away from your day-to-day activities to engage and network with other Indigenous staff and participate in program events and activities as well as cultural events such as NAIDOC week.

Successful candidates may also be supported to undertake an honours degree at an Australian university as part of their program or collaborate with a research leader to develop a research proposal for future study.

What we are offering

You will have the opportunity to either work in a team or on a project for your entire program or undertake multiple placements – your choice.

Your placement is designed to build your capability so you can pursue a career either with CSIRO or beyond. If you have any placement preferences, we welcome you to include this in the application process, otherwise we will work with you to design your program to fit your needs.

As part of the program successful candidates will receive:

  • An individual learning, development and training plan tailored to your career aspirations.
  • Career training and coaching suited to your learning style.
  • Opportunities to develop skills and experience in a collaborative and supportive environment where our team members flourish and thrive.
  • Opportunities to build your network and connect with Indigenous staff and our broader communities at CSIRO.
  • Pastoral care and career support from a dedicated program coordinator.
  • A competitive salary with generous leave entitlements and flexible working conditions.
  • Experience working with Australia’s national science agency.

Location: Any CSIRO site across Australia
Salary: AU$ 77,459pa to AU$ $82,096pa (pro-rata for part-time) + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified Term of 18 months
Relocation assistance: Financial assistance to cover the cost of relocation, including flights and accommodation, if required.
Reference: 91935

To be considered you will need:

  • An undergraduate degree (graduated within the last 5 years) or will soon complete an undergraduate university degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics field with an interest in pursuing a research or scientific career.
  • Demonstrated experience participating and contributing to the goals and objectives of a team.
  • Ability to communicate openly, effectively and respectfully with a diverse range of people using a range of communication methods (i.e. verbal, written, report, presentations).
  • A desire to build a research or scientific career.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description

Who is eligible?

CSIRO considers the filling of these positions is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity/affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).

The role is therefore only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people with Australian Citizenship who have completed in the past 5 years, or will soon complete, an undergraduate university degree in in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics field with an interest in pursuing a research or scientific career.

The successful candidates will be required to provide evidence to confirm that they are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.

Appointment to this role may be subject to conditions including provision of a national police check as well as other security/medical/character clearance 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. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

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Where to from here

If you are interested in CSIRO's Research Development Graduate program and meet the requirements of the program, please apply on-line.

To appropriately assess your application, we ask that candidates provide a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and a resume detailing your work and education experience and interest in the program.

Applications will be assessed as they come in and so, we encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible.

If you would like assistance with your application or to have an informal conversation about the program, please contact the Indigenous Graduate Program Coordinator at

Interview process

Your first interview will be with the Indigenous Talent Acquisition Team to determine suitability and eligibility for the program.

If successful in the first interview, candidates will then be interviewed by relevant team and project leaders to access suitability on specific projects of work which will determine a candidate’s placement as part of the program.

Applications Close

16 April 2023, 11:00pm AEST

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