Research Fellow - Pulse of the Earth

Job No.: 597304
Location: Clayton campus
Employment Type: Full-time
Duration: Up to 2 years fixed-term appointment
Remuneration: $68,040 - $92,343 pa Level A / $97,203 - $115,429 pa Level B (plus 9.5% employer superannuation)

  • Be inspired, every day
  • Great Location and an excellent research opportunity
  • Bring your passion to contribute in the long term development of the Earth system

There's a certain feeling you get from working at Monash University. It's the feeling that you're a part of something special. Something significant. So if you're looking for the next chapter in your career, it's here. You'll be given the opportunity to challenge yourself, build on your skills, and make a significant contribution to a workplace that's filled with energetic and inspiring people. Talent thrives here - and so do truly satisfying careers.

Monash University strongly advocates diversity, equality, fairness and openness. We fully support the gender equity principles of the Athena SWAN Charter and invite you to join us in celebrating women in STEMM.

The Opportunity

The School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment (SEAE) at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, is looking for up to two, fixed-term Research Fellows in the broad field of Solid Earth Sciences. The postdoc position (up to 2 years duration) will be part of a dynamic research group led by Professor Peter Cawood that aims to establish the origin and evolution of continents, from crust to lithospheric roots, and their role in the long term development of the Earth system. Specific research topics could include one of the following: composition and formation of early continental crust; geochemical tracers of lithospheric and complementary mantle evolution; geodynamic modelling of crust formation; analysis of chemical, sedimentary and tectonic processes that bias the rock record; constraining when plate tectonics commenced on Earth, numerical modelling of convergent margins, orogenic belts and supercontinent cycles; impact of crustal evolution on the Earth system.

We are looking for highly motivated, ambitious and skilled researchers that have demonstrated their excellence through high-ranking publications following their PhD studies or possibly postdoctoral research. The applicant should be capable of conducting independent research and also possess demonstrable skills in one of the following areas: isotope and trace element geochemistry, geodynamics and numerical modelling, and/or igneous, metamorphic or sedimentary geology. We are advertising this role across Level A and B, depending on your qualification, skill-set and experience level, you will be considered for the appropriate position.

The School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment has a suite of world-class research facilities in geochemistry, geobiology and geodynamics. It houses a suite of laboratories and equipment including: a ThermoFisher Neptune plus MC-ICP-MS, a Triton plus TIMS, a triple-quadrupole iCAP-TQ and a single-quadrupole iCAP-Q ICP-MS, ASI-RESOlution ArF 193 nm excimer and New Wave UP 213 nm Nd-YAG solid-state laser ablation systems, a class 350 clean laboratory for isotope geochemistry, an ThermoFisher Delta Plus Advantage gas source mass spectrometer interfaced with a headspace analyser (Thermo Gas Bench), a Los Gatos Research Carbon Dioxide Isotope Analyzer (CCIA-36-EP), a Carlo-Erba elemental analyser, and a ThermoFisher H-Device, Thermo iCAP 7400 Duo ICP-OES and a ThermoFisher Ion Chromatograph. Other laboratories include a geodynamic modelling laboratory, a soils and sediments laboratory, and experimental laboratories for high and low temperature geochemistry, which include a piston cylinder apparatus, hydrothermal experimental facilities, and environmental control systems such as a Coy anaerobic chamber for experimental work in oxygen-free environments. The School also benefits from access to state-of-the-art user facilities for materials and biological research such as the Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy, the Monash X-ray Platform, the Monash Micro Imaging facility and the Australian Synchrotron, which is located immediately adjacent to Monash's Clayton campus. Find out more about our School here.

Your application

As part of your application, we request you complete a vision brief of up to two pages to indicate how you want to contribute to this field and what you want to achieve in your research work for the next 2 years. Please complete this brief as a part of your cover letter for the selection panel to review.


Professor Peter Cawood,, +61 3 9905 1782

Closing Date: Tuesday 10 September 2019, 11:55 pm AEST

posted: 15 August 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.