School of Geosciences
Faculty of Science

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Computational Tectonics
and Evolution of Sedimentary Basins

Reference no. 1149/0617

  • Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in Sedimentary Basins
  • The position is full-time for a fixed term of 2 years

About the opportunity

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship working as a member of the EarthByte Group in the School of Geosciences as part of "Basin Genesis Hub", a recently funded ARC-Industrial Transformation Research Hub

The position will focus on geodynamic modelling relevant for understanding the dynamics of basin evolution. This will include regional thermo-mechanical models of lithospheric extension or compression, linked to surface process models, as well as mantle convection models with assimilated plate motions and subduction history that provide time-dependent boundary conditions for basin evolution. The position will involve model calibration using a variety of geological and geophysical observations ranging from tectonic subsidence and uplift/exhumation, basin structural styles and history, stratigraphy and seismic images. The role will involve working with industry partners and include ground-truthing model outputs with industry data.

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About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a Post Doctoral Fellow with;

  • a Ph.D. in Geophysics/Geodynamics or similar field
  • strong geodynamic modelling expertise including the lithosphere and mantle convection;
  • research track record that shows potential to be of international standing
  • demonstrated willingness to engage with observational geoscience
  • an ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary research team including other postdocs, technical and academic members of staff, and research students
  • a willingness to work closely with industry in applying research outcomes
  • a capacity to write successful research proposals.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We're Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job's listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm 16 July 2017 (Sydney Time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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