PhD Studentship - Noble gas hydrogeologist

  • Be mentored by scientific leaders in the field.
  • Access our new, world-class Noble Gas facilities!
  • Join CSIRO Land & Water, and kick-start your research career.

The Position

CSIRO Land & Water is welcoming applications from suitably qualified students in Geology, Chemistry or Physics, to undertake a PhD studentship at the Waite Campus in Adelaide, South Australia. As a PhD student, you will be enrolled with an Australian University and will collaborate with the Environmental Tracers and Applications team in CSIRO to h elp carry on the first generation of demonstration projects for the new noble gas facilities. As these projects are among the first applications for the new facilities, they are anticipated to generate a significant impact in the form of scientific publications and in influencing policy for sustainable groundwater extraction limits, especially in remote areas where traditional data is sparse.

Specifically you will:

  • Assist with the preparation of field sampling campaigns in remote areas.
  • Measurement of noble gas samples, and their interpretation using simple lumped parameter or more complex numerical groundwater models.
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with all staff, clients and suppliers in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO's reputation.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues within the relevant team, business unit and across CSIRO, to reach objectives.

Location: Waite Campus, Adelaide, SA
Stipend: Top up scholarship valued at AU$7,000 per year plus operating expenses and/or Full scholarship valued at AU$26,288 per year plus operating expenses.
Reference Number: 30661
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

To be successful you will need:

  • A minimum of a BSc in Geology, Chemistry or Physics or other relevant field.
  • To be enrolled or eligible for enrolment in a PhD program at an Australian University.
  • International student with appropriate immigration approvals to take up a scholarship.
  • Knowledge of the basic principles of noble gas geochemistry in the hydrological cycle.
  • Experience with the operation of high-vacuum extraction lines for noble gas or other tracers.
  • Experience with the use of environmental tracers to develop conceptual models of hydrogeological flow system.

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Applications Close: 11:59pm AEDT, 29 January 2017

posted: 05 January 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.