Airborne Electromagnetic (AEM) Geophysicist

(Ref: 17996)

Ongoing - EL 1
Salary $98,249 - $111,064 pa + superannuation

Geoscience Australia's Groundwater Branch is responsible for providing geospatial, geoscientific and hydrological information and knowledge to support Australian Government policies and decision making. The Branch undertakes a range of strategic and regional applied science activities in collaboration with State/Territory and other Commonwealth government agencies, aimed at improving understanding of groundwater systems and processes across Australia.

The Branch is seeking an Airborne Electromagnetic (AEM) Geophysicist who, in close collaboration with the Groundwater Branch Senior Leadership Team and other senior geophysical staff in the agency, will be responsible for AEM contract development and management for the Groundwater Branch. As part of a multi-disciplinary team, the candidate will be responsible for the geophysical elements of AEM-based projects in the Groundwater Branch. The successful applicant will work collaboratively with a range of internal and external partners, and communicate effectively in a range of forums.

Our Ideal Candidate

To be successful in the role you will have:

  • a postgraduate degree in geophysics, mainly electromagnetic methods, and significant industry or research experience in the application of AEM technologies to near-surface geophysics and/or groundwater issues.
  • experience in AEM contract management, AEM data Qa/Qc, and/or the acquisition and delivery of high-quality AEM conductivity data.
  • the ability to use exploration geophysics (e.g., Geosoft, Profile Analyst, Interpid) and GIS and visualization (e.g. ArcGIS, GoCAD) software tools.
  • experience in the integration of AEM data with other hydrogeophysics technologies, and geological and hydrogeological datasets.
  • skills in Linux and scripting in MATLAB (or similar high end language) for program integration.
  • experience and knowledge on the use of potential field geophysics and seismic reflection methods is desirable.


The successful applicant must be able to obtain and maintain a Baseline level security clearance or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate level.

Commencement of employment is subject to the successful applicant undergoing and satisfying a police history check.

Applications close: 11 September 2017.

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For further information about this position, please contact Dr Ken Lawrie on (02) 6249 9847 or email

About Geoscience Australia

Geoscience Australia (GA) is an Australian Government listed entity within the Industry, Innovation and Science portfolio. GA is Australia's pre-eminent public sector geoscience organisation. We are the nation's trusted advisor on the geology and geography of Australia. We apply science and technology to describe and understand the Earth for the benefit of Australia. We apply our diverse professional expertise, our deep and trusted knowledge, our national-scale Earth observation infrastructure and our strong partnerships, to the opportunities and challenges that face our nation.

Geoscience Australia values diversity in gender, backgrounds, culture, and experiences of our employees and is committed to providing an inclusive workplace culture that ensures everyone has equal opportunity to contribute, participate and progress. Geoscience Australia is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of its employees and has a work health and safety management system that incorporates a wellness program.

We offer a flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace and an attractive remuneration package including generous employer superannuation contributions.

Further information about pay and conditions can be found in the Enterprise Agreement 2016-19

If you are experiencing any problems, please contact Recruitment on (02) 6249 9777


posted: 12 July 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.