Research Associate/Fellow in Igneous Petrology and Geochemistry

  • Academic
  • Perth, Western Australia
  • Date posted: 13/9/2023
  • $77,828 - $130,829 (ALA - ALB) per annum plus 17% superannuation
  • Full-time, Fixed-Term - 4 years contract
  • Expected starting date 01/07/2024

Job Reference: 10686

Your new role

A unique and exciting 4-year appointment exists for a Research Associate/Fellow to join the Earth Dynamics Research Group at Curtin University for the igneous petrology and geochemistry component of the recently awarded ARC Future Fellowship “Linking the deep carbon cycle with critical mineral deposits”.

The research will investigate how the global carbon cycle controls the occurrence of carbonatites, which provide most of the world’s rare earth elements, using both classic petro-geochemical approach with Zn and Ca isotope to improve our understanding of carbonatites and carbon-rich mantle rocks. This project expects to generate new knowledge on how global geodynamic processes, including the supercontinent cycle, influenced carbon recycling and mantle enrichments. This project will have significant economic benefits for targeting economically critical mineral deposits required to transition to a decarbonized world and placing the carbon cycle in a paleogeographic context to understand the climate in deep time.

Your role will include, but are not limited to:

  • Working towards integrating igneous petrology and geochemistry of carbonatites and carbon-rich mantle rocks with paleogeographic reconstructions.
  • Taking a leading role in developing analytical tools and research in these areas and publish results in leading peer-reviewed publications.
  • Participating in other activities/tasks such as teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, mentoring masters and PhD students.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Dr Luc Doucet +61 4 21 458 645 or

To learn more about Earth Dynamics Research Groups, please visit:

Applications close: Friday, 13 October 2023, 9:30 am AWST

About us!

The School of Earth and Planetary Sciences provide world-class training for geoscientific and geospatial careers through our industry-recognised teaching program, and undertake fundamental and applied research into the past, present and future of our planet and solar system.

We are an energetic, dedicated team of academics and professionals working together to provide global solutions through quality graduates and innovative research. Curtin is a welcoming space where integrity, respect for one another, courage, excellence, and impact are essential to everyday life. Situated on Whadjuk Nyungar Country, our vibrant campus includes an art gallery, gym, childcare and medical centre, and endless food options including a supermarket.

We encourage a progressive and diverse workplace, offering generous superannuation and salary packaging benefits. We are committed to looking after our employees by promoting health and wellbeing, work flexibility, and personal development opportunities.

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Join us!

Your application should contain a CV with publication list and a cover letter addressing (i) research interest and (ii) the selection criteria (noted below) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role. Application should be single pdf labelled “Lastname_Firstname_FT23_ARC.pdf”.

Selection criteria

  • PhD within Igneous petrology and geochemistry or equivalent. PhD must be awarded prior to commencing date of employment.
  • A suitable background and research interest in clean lab, and non-traditional stable isotope.
  • Evidence of ability to present and publish the result of research at an international level in English and documented research potential.
  • Ability to work independently and in a structured manner and have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • Excellent writing and oral English skills.

To view a copy of the generic Academic Role Statement, please copy and paste the following link into your web browser.

Applicants should note that prior to appointment, any offer of employment is subject to completion of National Police Records checks, and background, integrity, and reference checks to Curtin’s satisfaction. At Curtin, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation and this position may also require you to have a current Working With Children Check.

You will require current work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role. Visa sponsorship and relocation will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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

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

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posted: 13 September 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.