Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Fingerprinting Sustainable Ores

An international University as reflected in our people, our places, and our research, James Cook University (JCU) takes pride in being recognised as a leading University in Australia, our Asia-Pacific region and the universities of the world and is committed to creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference.

As the world transitions to sustainable energy, increased metal demand combined with consumer desires to extract resources with a reduced environmental footprint, means proving provenance of ores is becoming increasingly important. JCU have secured a major Queensland government contract to undertake a high-profile research project "Fingerprinting environmentally sustainable ores using neodymium isotopes"

We are seeking to fill a full-time and two-year fixed-term position, located at the Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas. Remuneration at Academic Level A $87,056 - $93,159 per annum + up to 17% employer superannuation contributions.


As part of a highly motivated team of researchers within the recently established IsoTropics Geochemistry Lab, you will apply your geochemical expertise to an emerging area of geochemistry.

You will undertake research focused on using both radiogenic and stable neodymium isotopes to isotopically fingerprinting a range of rare earth element ores and their concentrates to quantify the effects of different sustainable extraction techniques (including bioleaching and phytoextraction) on their isotopic compositions.

Working in collaboration with Earth and Environmental Sciences researchers and external collaborators/partners, you will conduct research, develop and/or contribute to research publications as a member of a high performing team and ensure all key research outcomes and milestones are achieved in alignment with project timelines.


You will have completed (or near completion) a PhD qualification or equivalent in Geochemistry, Geology or related discipline with demonstrated experience in the field of isotope geochemistry and a proven research publication track record. Previous experience undertaking solution-based geochemistry and mass spectrometry is highly sought after, e.g. non-conventional stable isotopes (Fe, Zn, etc.) or radiogenic isotope systems (Sr, Nd, etc.).


  • generous superannuation scheme with up to 17% employer contributions
  • attractive options for salary packaging
  • five weeks' annual recreation leave
  • modern; well-equipped on-campus facilities including medical, cafes, gym and childcare
  • employee benefits including fitness passport and online media subscriptions.

How to apply

For further information about this position, visit the JCU Careers Website Vacancy reference 18214. Applications close 2 February 2023.

posted: 05 January 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.