Regolith Scientist / Hydrogeochemist

  • Are you an experienced hydrogeochemist or regolith geoscientist?
  • Conduct innovative research on mapping mineral deposits
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science and technology research organisation

CSIRO is looking for a Regolith Scientist/Hydrogeochemist to develop means of efficiently mapping buried geology and mineral deposits by understanding their expression in cover sequences and define and understand the relationships between cover, basement (including depth to crystalline basement) and their regolith through new knowledge of mineralogy, geochemistry, petrophysics, hydrology and geochronology to reconstruct landscape evolution through time.

Your primary aim will be to understand the relationships between basement (including basins where appropriate) and regolith through new knowledge of regolith and hydrogeochemistry. This will include an improved understanding of element migration processes (physical and chemical) within current landscape environments and translation into element dispersion in palaeolandscapes.

The skill set required for the role is a combination of the knowledge of soil science, geology, regolith, geochemistry, hydrogeochemistry, and landscape evolution.

Your duties will include:

  • Investigate architecture of transported cover and in situ regolith for interpreting the physical and chemical signature of buried mineralisation within and beneath the cover sequences.
  • Conduct experimental studies of the solid and aqueous geochemistry of selected major and trace elements of geological interest in order to deduce mechanisms responsible for their dispersion (solubilization, mobilization and precipitation) relevant to Australian weathering environments.
  • Conduct local to district-scale geochemical orientation and dispersion studies focused on selected mineral deposits.
  • Conduct field work in local and remote locations.

Location: Perth, WA
Salary: AU$98k - AU$106k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 65845

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD, preferably in regolith geology/exploration geochemistry/ hydrogeochemistry/ soil science (or a related discipline), with experience and/or a keen interest in developing exploration methods for regolith-dominated terrains.
  • Excellent oral, written and presentation skills, with a track record of publication of articles, preferably in international journals.
  • Demonstrated experience working in multi-disciplinary research teams.
  • A willingness to travel to, and work in the field in Australia, and potentially overseas.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under limited supervision and adapt to changing circumstances in order to prioritise and address problems in a constructive professional manner.
  • Demonstrated track record of initiative and communication within a team environment, both internally and externally, and formation and maintenance of effective working relationships with a range of colleagues and collaborators.
  • A current driver licence (Open Australian class C driver licence).
  • Working knowledge of GIS (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS) software.
  • Exposure to geochemical software packages (e.g. IoGAS, Geochemists Workbench).

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


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To apply online, please provide a CV and letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role, including an address of the essential criteria outlined in the Position Description.

Applications Close: 23:59 AEST 30th April, 2020

posted: 11 March 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.