Research Associate

  • $71,230 - $96,105 plus 17% superannuation
  • 2 year, fixed term contract
  • Extensive learning and development opportunities
Job Reference: 598859

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 which 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.

Duties include:

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 (

Experience required:

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.

Please see attached academic role statement by clicking the link located under the ‘next steps’ section below.

Why choose Curtin?
  • State of the art offices and agile working environment
  • A flexible benefits package with excellent superannuation provisions
  • A vibrant campus with gym, child care, wellness programs, medical and counselling services.
  • We are ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2020 and QS World University Rankings 2019), and 9th in Australia (ARWU 2020).
  • A major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.
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.

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We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.

We have received recognition in this area:
  • Voted one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 (Diversity Council of Australia).
  • Have become one of the first Universities to receive accreditation for an Elevated Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Achieved Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation (2018-2020).
  • Voted 16th best workplace for new dads in Australia (HBF - Direct Advice for Dads, 2019).
Next steps

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.

To view a copy of the role’s academic role statement, please copy and paste the following link into your browser:

Due to the urgency of filling this position, we can only consider applications from candidates who currently reside in Australia.

Applications close: Sunday 20th September 2020, 10:00PM (AWST)

Contact details

If you have a query in relation to the application process please contact Natalie Munro – Talent Acquisition Consutlant – or to discuss specific requirements of the role, please contact A/Prof Martin Danišík -


Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.

posted: 08 September 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.