Research Associate/Fellow (ALA/ALB) - Applied Petrology/Geochemistry (eMaterials)


2 years fixed term, full-time with the possibility of extension

$86,832 - $93,178 (ALA) plus 17% superannuation
$98,059 - $116,369 (ALB) plus 17% superannuation

Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% universities worldwide (ARWU 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2019), and is placed 20th in the world for universities less than 50 years old (QS Top 50 Under 50 2019). Curtin is WA's most preferred university, with highly engaged industry-facing partners. A major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.

The John de Laeter Centre

The John de Laeter Centre (JDLC) undertakes both pure and applied research, as well as commercial-in-confidence work for industry and government clients. The JDLC provides quantitative data used to understand processes of Earth and planetary evolution, characterise the nature of essential resources and materials, and monitor our changing environment. Integrative research in the minerals and petroleum sectors is foremost among the centre's strategic goals.

Your new role

A rare opportunity exists for a research scientist to play a ground-breaking role in a joint industry-government sponsored research project designed to provide efficiencies in exploration, mineral beneficiation and processing of eMaterial ores (MRIWA 352: Geology, Mineralogy and Metallurgy of eMaterials Deposits in Western Australia). The appointment combines both field and laboratory research activities, and will involve a significant amount of interaction with project sponsors and other potential stakeholders such as the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBI CRC).

You will initially be involved in applying novel analytical and characterisation capabilities to rocks and ores from Li-Cs-Ta pegmatites battery mineral deposits in Western Australia, however there is scope for expanding the role in response to sponsor demand. Your role will have an emphasis on technique development and application in:

  • High-voltage pulse fragmentation using a SelFrag instrument.
  • Automated mineralogy and mineral liberation studies using a TESCAN TIMA, EBSD and LYRA TOF-SIMS instruments.
  • Petrochronology and isotopic characterization using laser ablation ICP-MS (Agilent 7700), ICP-QQQ-MS (Agilent 8900) and multi-collector (NU Plasma II) instruments.
  • Field validation of portable laser induced breakdown spectroscopy instruments.
  • Qualitative and quantitative X-ray diffraction analysis studies

A complete list of facilities available for this opportunity can be found at . You will participate in national and international conferences, competitive grant applications and publish research in leading academic journals.

You will bring to this role

  • A doctoral qualification in the geosciences.
  • 2 or more years of experience on industry-related mineral projects.
  • Experience in remote field locations and/or mining operations.
  • Demonstrated competency in two or more of the following areas:
    • i. Economic geology
      ii. Applied mineralogy and/or geochemistry
      iii. Igneous petrology
      iv. Petrochronology
      v. Laboratory Analysis
      vi. Geometallurgy applications
  • Publication track record or other evidence of potential to deliver quality research outputs.
  • Demonstrated high level organisational skills.
  • Experience in working in highly productive team environments.

What we offer you

Curtin University offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements and flexible working arrangements.

What we need from you

You are encouraged to respond specifically to the selection criteria, review on our Curtin website. Please note, screening and interviews may take place prior to the advertised close date.

How to apply

For further information and to be considered for this position please apply directly on Curtin University's website,, reference# CURTIN308

To apply complete the application form below. Applications close: 5 pm, 22 October 2018

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Curtin University has a bold vision to be one of the leading institutions in the Asia-Pacific region. Curtin is now entering an exciting phase as it focuses on further building its research capacity and improving its already strong reputation for innovation in learning and teaching.

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Disclaimer Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time.

posted: 20 September 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.