Research Associate - Earth & Planetary Sciences

  • ALA $72,655 - $98,028
  • Fixed Term 2 years
  • Exciting project role
  • Job reference: 776510

The position will carry out research in isotope geology to address a wide range of geological questions including reducing exploration risk. The position will develop geochronology projects, including those that address an industry need, analyse appropriate samples via mass spectrometry, and report findings in high quality peer-reviewed outputs. The position will contribute to research within The Timescales of Mineral Systems Group, Earth and Planetary Science. We are seeking an isotope geologist with experience in geochronology (laser ablation and / or secondary ionization) who can bring their understanding and skills in this field to carry out industry relevant world leading geological research.

In this role you will:

  • Use cutting edge mass spectrometry equipment to determine the age and isotopic signature of natural materials
  • Report findings via appropriate means, including peer-reviewed journal publications
  • Develop a funded research portfolio via industry interaction
  • Contribute expertise to support research of other members and students within the Timescales of Mineral Systems Group

You will have:

  • A relevant postgraduate degree (PhD), or an equivalent combination of relevant work experience and/or education/training.
  • Demonstrated expertise in mass spectrometry, analysis, and data reduction.
  • Demonstrated excellent organisational skills with the ability to organise time and work activities according to priorities and to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and oral communication skills with the ability to consult and liaise effectively with a diverse range of people and with cross cultural sensitivity.
  • Demonstrated effective written communication skills with the ability to construct clear and concise correspondence and documentation.
  • Proven ability to work well in a team, including respecting difference, leading, supporting others, accepting direction, and working to group goals.
  • Demonstrated research and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to generate research outputs

Desirable Criteria:

  • Previous experience in a tertiary environment
  • Experience in industry related geochronology / contracted research
  • Proven experience in isotope data manipulation / interpretation and lithological sample preparation are required to fulfil the role

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  • A vibrant campus with gym, childcare, wellness programs, medical and counselling services.
  • Opportunity for ongoing career development.
  • We are ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2020 and QS World University Rankings 2021)

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Applications close: 10.00pm AWST, Friday 17th September 2021

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posted: 31 August 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.