Post-doctoral Fellow in Geophysics
(multi-observable probabilistic inversion)


The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences are inviting applicants for a Research Fellow to participate in a joint Geoscience Australia - Macquarie University research project on 3D multi-observable probabilistic inversion (including MT and seismic data) for the physical state of the Earth's lithosphere and upper mantle. The candidate will join a large research group (led by A/Prof Juan C. Afonso) on lithosphere and mantle dynamics/inversion and work primarily on implementing cutting-edge algorithms into existing programs developed at Macquarie (e.g. LitMod_4INV) as well as working on new methodological developments for large probabilistic inversions.

Although the new methods will be applied to real datasets to study specific regions in the Australian continent and elsewhere, the project has a major computational/programming component. Research tasks will include i) programming (Fortran and Matlab), ii) testing, benchmarking and validating new algorithms/codes, iii) integrating datasets and big-data analysis, and iv) performing multi-observable inversions of datasets covering regions in Australia and elsewhere.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for these positions, applicants must respond to the selection criteria below and upload as a separate document in the application process.

Essential Criteria
  • PhD in a relevant discipline i.e. geophysics, physics, applied mathematics, or computer sciences
  • Extensive experience with Fortran and Matlab programming languages.
  • Extensive experience with geophysical datasets (e.g. seismic, magnetotelluric, gravity, etc)
  • Publication record in leading research journals commensurate with experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience working independently and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated experience with probabilistic inverse theory.
  • Demonstrated Experience with MPI parallel programming.
Salary Package: from $88,420 - $94,760 p.a. (Level A, Step 6 to Step 8), plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading

Appointment Type: full time, 2 years fixed-term

Role Enquiries: A/Prof. Juan Carlos Afonso via e-mail juan.afonso@mq.edu.au

Applications Close: 25 October 2017

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.


posted: 15 September 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.