Research Associate / Research Fellow - Centre for Exploration Geophysics

Short Description

We are seeking a talented and motivated Research Associate / Research Fellow to join our dynamic team at the Centre for Exploration Geophysics.

Bullet Points

  • $97,941 - $130,829 (ALA6-ALB) p.a. plus 17% superannuation
  • 2 years full fixed term appointment
  • Based at our vibrant Bentley campus

Job Reference: 1177964

School of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Consolidating engineering, economics, and science capabilities to form School of Earth and Planetary Sciences: The School provides world-class training for geoscientific and geospatial careers through our industry-recognised teaching programs, and undertakes fundamental and applied research into the past, present and future of our planet and solar system.

In the latest Excellence in Research for Australia assessment, we received the highest possible ranking for our research in geology and geochemistry.

With an impressive suite of facilities and expertise, and a range of funding from academic and industry sources, we undertake research projects all over the world in most fields of geoscience.

Curtin University has established itself among the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2020 and QS World University Rankings 2021). Geoscience at Curtin University ranks in the Global Top 50.

For more information on our school, please visit

Centre for Exploration Geophysics

The Exploration Geophysics team at Curtin University specialises in developing geophysical technologies for subsurface characterisation and monitoring, focusing on CO2 geosequestration, groundwater management, and environmental and energy applications.

For more information on our centre, please visit

Your new role

In this role, you will contribute to several collaborative projects between Curtin University, industry and research partners. You will primarily contribute to research-based activities, including the development of new data analysis algorithms, processing and analysis of field data, and participation in the fieldwork.

Key duties and responsibilities include:

  • Conduct high-quality research in applied seismology in close collaboration with fellow team members.
  • Develop algorithms to process and analyse surface and borehole seismic data obtained with various sensors.
  • Assist in planning, design and implementation of field experiments to collect high quality geophysical data for research projects utilising fibre optic sensors and other geophysical equipment.
  • Deliver coursework in geophysics to undergraduate and/or postgraduate students, enhancing their understanding and skills in the field.
  • Provide effective supervision and guidance to undergraduate and postgraduate students conducting research.
  • Promote and foster relationships with professional bodies, industry partners, affiliated associations, government and the wider community by participating in collaborative activities.
  • Communicate research progress and findings to partners and the geophysical community through reports, journal publications, and conference presentations.
  • Contribute to grant applications for competitive funding opportunities.

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 Professor Boris Gurevich, Centre for Exploration Geophysics, School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 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 (publication listed) and a separate document (no more than 2 pages) addressing the criteria (noted below) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

Essential criteria

  • PhD (or near completion) in Geophysics or a related field or an equivalent industry experience.
  • A record of excellence in geophysical research as demonstrated by publications in scientific journals and presentations at international conferences.
  • Proficient programming skills, preferably using MATLAB and/or Python.
  • Expertise and experience in developing and implementing algorithms for processing, imaging or inversion of seismic data.
  • Experience, willingness and ability to participate in field acquisition of land and downhole seismic data.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a research team and with fellow professionals and support staff to further the effectiveness of the team.
  • Experience in or commitment to quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Desirable criteria

  • Demonstrated technical knowledge of principles of distributed fibre optic sensing technology.
  • Experience in designing and implementing geophysical surveys (including but not limited to seismic surveys with fibre optic sensors).
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise student research projects.
  • A history of successful competitive grant applications.

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Applications close: 2 pm Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), Wednesday 27th 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.

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posted: 28 February 2024     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.