Deep Earth Imaging Postdoctoral Fellow


  • Develop innovative concepts and tools to image Earth's structure and its resources
  • Launch your professional career in a collaborative multi-disciplinary science environment
  • Pursue strategic research at CSIRO, Australia's leading science and technology organisation.

The Position

Australia's future minerals, energy and water resources will come from greater depths in the onshore regions and from deep offshore plays. Our ability to find, define and exploit mineral resources is limited by a deep and complex regolith that covers about 80% of the Australian land mass. Undiscovered conventional oil and gas lies in deeper or more subtle traps, or else will come from unconventional sources onshore that require new geophysical methods to quantify. Deep Earth Imaging science will help us more precisely image and understand the significance of subsurface rock properties, which in turn will unlock the resource potential of this vast and relatively under-explored continent.

As a part of this effort, we seek two outstanding early career researchers in the broad domains of Full Waveform Inversion and Passive Seismology as new members of the growing team. Successful candidates will develop innovative seismic imaging methods that use data from dense broadband and short period seismic arrays, large-N seismic arrays and exploration-grade 2D and 3D seismic data from Australia and elsewhere to image the subsurface on multiple scales.

Postdoctoral Fellowships at CSIRO provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctoral studies and who have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships will help launch their careers, provide experience that will enhance their career prospects, and facilitate the recruitment and development of potential leaders for CSIRO.

Postdoctoral Fellows are appointed for up to three years and work closely with leading research scientists and engineers in their respective fields. They carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO with the possibility of novel and important scientific outcomes and present the findings in international publications and conferences.

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Find out more here! Balance

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Under the direction of a senior research scientist, successful candidates will conduct innovative research aligned with the goals of Deep Earth Imaging that ideally lead to novel and important scientific outcomes
  • Develop novel seismic imaging methods and use earthquakes and ambient seismic wavefields to image the Australian crust on different scales using continuous and event data from seismic arrays;
  • Develop and use active source imaging techniques such as full waveform inversion and reverse time migration integrated with petrophysical knowledge.
  • Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and intellectual property.
  • Produce quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals, presentation to clients, and/or applications for patents.
  • Prepare and present conference papers as agreed with the Theme Leader

Locations: Kensington, WA, Australia (2 positions available)
Salary: $80K - $91K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: 3 Years
Ref No.: 47946

To be successful you will need:

  • A doctorate (or you will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as seismology, computational seismology or a related field.
  • Experience in seismic imaging using active and/or passive sources.
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in computer programming.
  • Motivation and self-discipline to conduct independent research.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity with the ability and willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigation.
  • Desired advanced computing skills, with a specific emphasis on high-performance computing.
  • Desired experience in Bayesian inversion, numerical optimisation and rock physics.

Owing to the terms of the fellowship, candidates must not have more than 3 years of relevant full time postdoctoral experience.

Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

How to Apply: Please upload one document only containing both your CV/Resume and cover letter providing enough information relevant to this position to enable the selection panel to determine your suitability. If your application proceeds to the next stage you may be asked to provide additional information.

Before you apply, please view the full position details and selection criteria here: Position Details document

Applications Close: 11:59pm AEST, 29th October 2017

posted: 04 October 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.