Research Associate/Research Fellow in Exploration

  • Opportunity to participate in an exciting industry collaboration project
  • Based at School of Geosciences, Camperdown Campus
  • Full time, fixed term for 18 months offering a base salary of $93K - $128K p.a., plus leave loading and generous employer's contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic researcher at either a Level A or Level B to join the research team for the STELLAR project group (Spatio TEmporaL expLorAtion for Resources). STELLAR is a collaboration between BHP and the EarthByte Group at the University of Sydney aimed at implementing big and complex spatio-temporal data analysis and modelling to support BHP's global resource exploration. It will advance the integration and analysis of physical, chemical and dynamic properties of the Earth through geological time.

This position is aimed at improving exploration for resources in a range of tectonic environments. This will involve compiling, synthesising and testing a range of geological and geophysical data. Team-work is central to this role, as the deliverables are linked between all other project streams, requiring the successful applicant to demonstrate leadership and time-management skills in close collaboration with all project participants. In addition, this position will involve supervision of students (undergraduate and post-graduate) and research assistants, as well as communication of results via a range of formats such as internal and external presentations and peer-reviewed publications.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for Research Associate/Research Fellow who has:

  • a PhD in Geosciences or a closely related field - PhD near completion will also be considered
  • expertise in computational geoscience
  • expertise in resource exploration
  • programming experience, particularly using Python
  • experience working collaboratively as part of a team
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills

To apply for this position, please address the following questions in a cover letter that you attach to your application:

  • What attracts you to this position? Which research skills and experience can you bring into the project?
  • Outline your background in solving exploration problems using computational data analysis.
  • Outline your experience in working as part of a team, including industry partners (if applicable).

How to Apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job's listing on the University of Sydney careers website. If you have any additional questions, please contact recruitment consultant on

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the job requisition number 0080827 to apply.

Closing date: 11:59pm, Sunday 27 June 2021

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.

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posted: 28 May 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.