Research School of Earth Sciences

Postdoctoral Scientists: The molecular fossil record of early life

The Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES) invites outstanding scholars to submit an application for a postdoctoral research associate position in the Palaeobiogeochemistry program. We are looking for a young enthusiastic researcher with ambition for a scientific career.

The successful applicant will join the project "Lost world of complex life: The search for molecular traces of our earliest primordial ancestors". Our team is at the verge of a major breakthrough in the search for primordial biochemicals in the ancient rock record. The postdoctoral researcher will work within a team to identify hydrocarbons and other compounds preserved in ancient sedimentary rocks with the potential for amazing discoveries. She or he is ideally an organic geochemist, biogeochemist or organic chemist with strong experience in the isolation of compounds such as hydrocarbons and lipids from complex mixtures using chromatographic techniques, and is familiar with the characterization of small molecules using GC-MS and GC-IRMS techniques.

Qualifications and Skills: The candidate must have received a PhD in geochemistry, chemistry, environmental sciences or related fields. A strong peer-reviewed publication record and proficiency in spoken and written English are valuable merits.

Terms of employment: This is a full-time research-only position, initially for one year with extension to a total of 2.5 years based on merit. Annual salary will be Aus$86,646 plus superannuation benefits.

How to apply: For more information about this position and how to apply, please contact Jochen Brocks ( Please include a tabular CV and a brief informal statement about your background, skills and research interests.

The opening date for receipt of applications is February 1, 2017; applications will be reviewed weekly until the search is closed. If you see this advertisement, then the position is still open.

About ANU and the Research School of Earth Sciences: The Australian National University is Australia's top research university, and the Research School or Earth Sciences (RSES) is among the top dozen university Earth Sciences programs in the world. A postdoctoral fellowship at RSES is an excellent starting block into an academic career.

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posted: 03 February 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.