Research Associate/Research Fellow

  • $91,431 - $122,133 (ALA/ALB) per annum plus 17% superannuation
  • Full-time, 3 year fixed term contract
  • Job Reference: 1041348

The John de Laeter Centre (JdLC) is a $43 million core research facility at Curtin University and provides research services across the academic, industry and government sectors.

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With the official launch of the AuScope Geoscience Ion Microprobe Facility, we are seeking a Research Associate / Research Fellow to build the capacity of the research team and support the facility lead with the development and application of stable isotope and geochronological microanalysis.

In this role you will

  • Conduct a specified programme of research and scholarship under the supervision and direction of the Chief Investigators (CIs)
  • Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the CIs, your Centre, or the University
  • Design and carry out research and development of reference materials with a focus on isotopic microanalysis with the support of and under the supervision of your CIs
  • Support your research group in development of data reduction protocols and software for the CAMECA 1300HR3
  • Support the development of proposals for research funding
  • Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which you are engaged as directed by and with the support of your supervising CIs
  • Engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of your research group and Centre.
  • Take responsibility as requested for day-to-day advice and support of graduate research students associated with your research group
  • Mentor and assist, as appropriate and as directed, the research graduate students in your School and Institute

You will require current work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role.

Only in limited situations will visa sponsorship and relocation be considered.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Professor Axel Schmitt on or +61 89 266 1547.

About us

Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% of 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 preferred university, with highly engaged industry-facing partners. Curtin is a major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius, and Dubai.

Curtin University offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, generous superannuation, and salary-packaging. Our vibrant campus also includes an art gallery, gym, childcare, medical centre, and endless food options.

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Join us!

Your application should include a cover letter, your CV and separate document directly addressing the selection criteria (noted below) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

Selection criteria:


  • PhD in Geosciences or Physics
  • Demonstrated understanding of operational requirements for a successful research project and managing resources
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with ion microprobe instrumentation
  • Ability to identify and fulfil the academic writing requirements for target publications
  • Record of working with team members and graduate research students to help build their research skills and knowledge, and to support and guide their professional development
  • Experience in developing novel concepts and solutions for instrumental analysis
  • Track record of presenting research results at meetings and publications
  • Understand relevant scientific literature and active participation in research seminars and conferences


  • Experience in reference material development
  • Experience in SEM, EM, TOF-SIMS, atom probe or other microanalytical techniques
  • An ability to write software applicable to ion microprobe analysis
  • Demonstrated understanding of the value of academic and commercial information (e.g., non-disclosure agreements, intellectual property rights)

Applications close: Tuesday, 28 March 2023 - 9pm AWST

Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, undergo character, integrity, and reference checks. Please note that this position may be subject to a WA state government vaccination mandate. If requested, you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status prior to employment.

If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1).

Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

Inclusion and Diversity at Curtin

We are committed to ensuring that Curtin has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued, and welcome.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection, and appointment processes.

posted: 28 February 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.