Postdoctoral Research Associate/Research Fellow Geochronology and geochemistry of Fe-oxide minerals

The John de Later Centre at Curtin University is working with CSIRO and the iron ore mining industry to develop new analytical techniques for application towards understanding the genesis of martite-goethite ores in the Hamersley Province, and their relationship to the landscape evolution of the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

A postdoctoral research position is available to suitable candidates involves: (i) mineralogical, chemical and textural sample characterisation; (ii) radiogenic and stable isotope analysis for the dating of goethite and hematite formation; and (iii) communication of results via presentations, reports and research publications.

The ideal candidate will have experience in geochronological, mineralogical and geochemical characterisation methods. The project, funded jointly by CSIRO, an industry consortium and the Minerals Research Institute of WA (MRIWA), will focus on Fe-oxide characterisation (e.g., XRD, reflectance and Raman spectroscopies, micro-XRF, scanning electron microscopy, electron hyperprobe, SIMS, LA-ICPMS) and geochronology (e.g., (U-Th)/He and Ar-Ar), oxygen and hydrogen isotopes and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy for kaolinite dating using state-of-the-art techniques available at the John de Laeter Centre ( and CSIRO (

Proficiency (written and spoken) in English and completion of a PhD degree in Earth Sciences or related fields are expected. Experience in economic/regolith geology, low-temperature processes, mineralogy, geochronology and/or mass spectrometry would be advantageous.

The appointment commences in April 2020 for a period of 2 years with starting salary of $93,178 per annum (ALA8) plus 17% superannuation.

Applicants should provide a CV (max. 4 pages) and cover letter (max. 2 pages) that includes a statement of research interests, experience and motivation, and contact details of two referees.

Applications should be submitted by March 10, 2020 via e-mail to A/Prof Martin Danišík ( as a single PDF file via e-mail with "Postdoc in Fe-oxide geochron" in the subject line. This person can be contacted for additional information.

The John de Laeter Centre hosts over $30M in world-class analytical and mass spectrometry infrastructure supporting geochronological applications. Perth offers beautiful beaches, warm weather and cloudless skies, and a high quality, outdoor lifestyle with all the big city perks.

posted: 28 February 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.