Deep Earth Imaging Postdoctoral Fellow
Structural Geology

  • 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 an outstanding early career researcher with a background in Structural Geology with significant experience in numerical modelling/simulation as a new member of a growing, world-leading team of 25 researchers. The successful candidate will develop geostatistical and/or numerical simulations of faults and fractures to examine the effects structural features have on deep fluid migration. The primary research will focus on mineral systems, with a secondary focus on groundwater system modelling and management, and hydrocarbon exploration.

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.

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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 stochastic simulations of structural features, constrained by systematic interpretation of geological and geophysical data
  • Explore the relationships between structural features and geophysical responses through collaborative projects within Deep Earth Imaging using inverse and forward modelling
  • Analyse the formation of structural features and their influence in mineral systems
  • 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
Salary: $80K - $91K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: 3 Years
Ref No.: 51021

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 structural geology with a focus on numerical simulations.
  • Exposure to a wide range of geostatistical approaches to simulating lithology, faults and property fields.
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in scientific programming.
  • Evidence of high quality written and oral communication skills achieved through high-level reporting, publication, and presentation.
  • Desired - Advanced computing skills, with a specific emphasis on high-performance computing, ideally in a Unix/Linux environment.
  • Desired - Experience in numerical simulation of flow, heat and solute transport.

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

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

How to Apply: Please apply for this position online at and enter requisition number 51021. You will be required to upload one document only containing both your CV/Resume and cover letter and responses to the Essential Criteria.

Before you apply, please view the full position details and selection criteria available on our website.

Applications Close: 11:59pm AEST, Sunday 3rd of December 2017.

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