Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow - Geoscience Atom Probe (GAP) Facility

Short Description:

Curtin University is seeking a researcher to manage participation in a new international network of analytical facilities for Earth Science research.

Bullet Points

  • $110,442 - $155,293 (ALB - ALC) per annum, plus up to 17% superannuation
  • 4 years full time fixed term appointment
  • Commencing immediately

Job Reference: 1172110

John de Laeter Centre at Curtin University

Est. in 1998. The John de Laeter Centre is the core analytical facility at Curtin University, Western Australia, hosting more than $50M of advanced characterisation and analysis instrumentation operated by dedicated laboratory managers and technicians. We provide tailored geoscience services to the resources sectors to reduce risk, improve workflows and provide solutions.

The John de Laeter Centre provides quantitative data used to understand processes of Earth and planetary evolution, characterise the nature of resources and materials upon which our society depends, and monitor our changing environment.

For more information about the centre, please visit:

Your new role:

Curtin University is seeking a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow to manage the University's participation in the 'EXCITE2' project - Enhanced X(cross)-disciplinary Community-driven Imaging Technologies for Earth and Environmental material research.

In this role you will:

  • Liaise with EXCITE2 program users accessing the Geoscience Atom Probe Facility through a competitive, externally peer-reviewed process.
  • Communicate with users to schedule visits and coordinate instrument usage in collaboration with the Facility manager.
  • Coordinate visits to Curtin University, manage sample shipments, and oversee sample analysis within the Facility.
  • Assist EXCITE2 program users in specimen preparation, data acquisition, and reconstruction and processing.
  • Contribute to writing and co-authoring high-impact journal articles.
  • Play a key role in the management team, assessing the feasibility of potential projects before submitting applications to EXCITE2.
  • Explore opportunities for independent research using the facility for projects separate from the EXCITE2 program.

The position will be based at Curtin University (Bentley campus), within the John de Laeter Centre. Please also note that interstate and/or overseas travel may be required.

You will require current work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role. Only in limited situations will visa sponsorship situations be considered.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact David Saxey, Senior Research Fellow John de Laeter Centre (JdLC), Faculty of Science and Engineering via

About us

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.

For more information about our university, please visit

Join us!

Please provide a cover letter, your CV and a separate document addressing the criteria (noted below) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

Essential criteria:

  • PhD degree in a related discipline.
  • Have previous experience in using atom probe tomography and be capable of conducting independent research.
  • Proven experience and expertise in related analytical techniques.
  • Demonstrated financial management skills with experience in laboratory procurement.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Occupational Safety and Health Practices.
  • Track record of publication on relevant research.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, organisational and time management skills, and attention to detail.

Desired Criteria:

  • Expertise in high spatial-resolution geochemistry.
  • Experience in the supervision and completion of training of post-graduate students, industry fellows and/or postdoctoral fellows.

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

Research Fellow (ALB):

Senior Research Fellow (ALC):

Applications close: 10pm Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), Monday 4th March 2024.

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.

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

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

posted: 05 February 2024     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.