Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Fellow - Experimental Petrologist

Classification: Academic Level A or Academic Level B
Salary package: Level A - AUD$70,107-$88,446 plus 17% superannuation, Level B - AUD$96,087-$109,181 plus 17% superannuation
Terms: Continuing (contingent-funded) for an initial period of two years, with a start date of September 2018 at the latest

Position overview

Applications are invited for an Experimental Petrologist to assist with a project, funded by the Australian Research Council, to investigate experimentally the phase equilibria of partial melting in peridotite-basalt systems. The aim is to bridge the gap between the existing studies on the simple system CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 and those on compositionally complex "natural" systems, and use the results to calibrate thermodynamic models of melting in planetary mantles.

Candidates should have experience with piston-cylinder solid media apparatus, and preferably also some of the other standard high-temperature, high-pressure apparatus used in Experimental Petrology. They should have experience with electron microprobe microanalysis of experimental run products, and familiarity with some of the other common analytical instrumentation would be advantageous. In addition, candidates should have a commitment to the thermodynamic modelling of the anticipated results. The ability and willingness to publish work in a timely manner is essential.

College overview

The ANU College of Science (CoS) comprises: the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Research School of Biology, the Research School of Chemistry, the Research School of Earth Science, the Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Mathematical Sciences Institute, the Research School of Physics and Engineering, and the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science. Staff and students within the ANU College of Science conduct research and delivers a research-led education program that encompasses the entire breadth of the sciences, supported by extensive international networks and by world-class facilities. The College has a strong tradition of research excellence that has fostered distinguished Nobel Laureates and Kyoto Prize winners and that trains scientific leaders in disciplines in which the ANU is consistently ranked in the top twenty in the world.

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Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria of the level that you wish to apply for
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor).

If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.

  • Other documents, if required.

Application close 27 April 2018, 11:55PM Australian Eastern Standard Time

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Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

posted: 09 April 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.