Research Fellow/Associate Lecturer
in Igneous Petrology


About the Position

The Research Fellow/Associate Lecturer will drive a 4-year, multi-pronged program of research as part of a multi-institutional and collaborative international team focused on Southwest Pacific Volcanism.

The successful candidate will take a strong petrologic approach to understand the petrogenesis of igneous rocks in young arc-back-arc systems occurring within evolving tectonic frameworks. The research program will utilise a wealth of data collected during several scientific cruises over the last 20 years. The two focal areas will be the Coriolis Trough (Vanuatu) and the Tonga-Kermadec Arc.

Earth Science is an area of research and teaching strength at QUT, and we want to build on, and sustain, our expertise in volcanology, igneous petrology, geochemistry, and tectonics. In the 2018 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) round, Earth Science at QUT received the highest rating possible for Geology (5 for the 4-digit 0403 Geology Unit of Evaluation) and Earth Sciences is consistently evaluated as amongst the leading teaching areas within the Faculty.

The successful candidate will be able to exploit the substantial and strategic investments in facilities made by QUT over the last 10 years through the Science and Engineering Centre (including the Central Analytics Research Facility), as well as international science campaigns such as the International Ocean Discovery Program, in which QUT is an important member.

The Research Fellow/Associate Lecturer will also have an undergraduate teaching role as part of their academic career development. Teaching contributions will be aligned to the candidate's area of research expertise. Current, relevant teaching areas within the School include natural hazards, volcanology, igneous petrology and geochemistry, or plate tectonics.

This position reports to the Circum Pacific Volcanism Research Program Lead for career planning, development, and performance expectations.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Lead and contribute to petrologic research of Volcanism across the Southwest Pacific
  • Developing a research profile at an internationally competitive level, including:
    • publication of research in quality journals
    • applying for external research funding
    • attracting and co-supervising research students
  • Co-supervision of PhD, MPhil and undergraduate students
  • Contributions to undergraduate unit delivery
  • Actively participate and contribute to our collaborative culture including visits to program partners and joint publications
  • Implementing and administering University policy within the Faculty with respect to equitable access to education and workplace health and safety.

To be appointed a Research Fellow/ Associate Lecturer the successful applicant must meet the position classification standards outlined in the QUT Enterprise Agreement (Academic Staff).

Type of appointment

This appointment will be offered on a fixed-term, full-time basis for four (4) years.

Location: Gardens Point campus.

Selection Criteria

  1. Completion of a doctoral qualification in Earth Science or a related discipline
  2. Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following areas: igneous petrology, physical volcanology, marine geology, igneous geochemistry and marine geoscience
  3. Strong igneous petrographic skills
  4. Demonstrated ability to publish research outcomes in top journals
  5. Familiarity with the operation, or use, of an electron microprobe, Scanning Electron Microscopes, X-ray Fluorescence, ICP-MS or LA-ICP-MS
  6. Demonstrated use of interpretive petrological and modelling software (e.g., Thermocalc, Rhyolite-MELTS)
  7. Capabilities in geospatial information science and cartography.

Remuneration and Benefits

The classification for this position is Academic Level A (LEVA) which has an annual remuneration range of $87,917 to $119,296 pa. Which is inclusive of an annual salary range of$74,291 to $100,806 pa, 17% superannuation and leave loading.

We actively seek to attract and retain the best talent to the organisation, and in exceptional circumstances, the successful candidate may be granted a salary loading in addition to the above salary range.

At QUT, we believe that a fulfilling career goes beyond personal and professional development. We are pleased to offer real and generous benefits that include, but are not limited to:

  • A healthy work-life balance
  • Competitive remuneration with up to 17% superannuation.
  • Generous maternity leave including primary carer leave of up to 26 weeks, including 17% superannuation.
  • Study support encompassing leave and financial assistance.
  • Comprehensive professional development opportunities, including leadership programs and study assistance.
  • Fitness passport and discounted rates on private health insurance.
  • 17.5% leave loading and the option to purchase up to 8 extra weeks of leave.
  • Purchased leave scheme.
  • Salary packaging.
  • Commitment to our Indigenous Australian staff through initiatives such as the Indigenous Australian Staff Network, Cultural and Ceremonial Leave, Staff Development Workshops and representation on university committees.
  • We see diversity and inclusion as our strength

Further benefits can be found at the Life at QUT page.

Information for applicants

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Scott Bryan on +61 7 3138 4827 or by email:; or for further information about working at QUT contact Human Resources on +61 7 3138 5000.

QUT welcomes applications from candidates outside the greater Brisbane area. QUT may meet some travel and relocation expenses involved in the interview and employment commencing process.

Candidates who are interested in the position are encouraged to apply even though they may feel they are not strong on individual selection criteria. In assessing merit, the panel will take into consideration "performance or achievement relative to opportunity". We recognise that many staff today have a range of personal circumstances, and career histories that challenge traditional ideas of an academic staff member. This may mean, for example, prioritising the quality of achievement rather than the quantity, as considerations of part-time employment, career interruptions and significant periods of leave are taken into account when assessing performance or achievement.

The selection panel is also committed to conducting a process which is fair and free from bias, including unconscious bias.

How to Apply

For further information and to apply, please visit for reference number 23745.

When applying for this position your application must include the following:

  • A current resume
  • A written response to the selection criteria

Applications close: 3 October 2023

About QUT

QUT is a major Australian university with a global reputation and a 'real world' focus. Our courses equip our students and graduates with the skills and mindset they need to realise their full potential in a rapidly changing world.

With more than 50,000 students across two inner-city campuses in Brisbane, QUT offers academic programs in fields spanning business, creative industries, education, engineering, health, law, science and social justice across five faculties.

We are transforming the learning experience-embedding work integrated learning and focusing on developing entrepreneurial skills. We offer executive education and professional development through QUTeX, flexible learning through QUT Online and pathways into our undergraduate programs through QUT College.

With a history of access, innovation and inspiration, QUT has maintained a strong ethos of being the university for the real world. Our students experience award-winning teaching, high levels of satisfaction and excellent graduate employment outcomes.

We are an ambitious institution, with strong research programs which connect with fundamental enquiry into societal outcomes.

QUT is well known for our strong links to industry and government, and our interdisciplinary teams create high-impact research in areas as diverse as climate change mitigation, digital media, materials science and biomedical innovation.

Our Vision

With a commitment to enhancing the staff and student experience and doubling Indigenous enrolments over the next five years, Connections- the QUT Strategy 2023 to 2027 - is a bold plan to transform the learning experience.

Our strategy establishes QUT as 'the university for the real world', and charts our provision of transformative education, student experiences, and research that is relevant to our communities.

The strategy connects aspiration to opportunity for our students and staff, it expands pathways for our Indigenous Australian students, and it builds supportive research environments.

QUT will also develop a curriculum transformation approach that responds to demand from students to support their journey from high school to graduation and beyond and reinforces the value of professional connections within the curriculum.

QUT Values and Priorities

Aligned to and supporting our vision are the QUT Values:

  • Ambition
  • Curiosity
  • Inclusiveness
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Academic Freedom
  • Underpinned by our Priorities:
  • Creativity and entrepreneurship
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Inclusion and social justice
  • Recognising and fostering Indigenous Australian excellence
  • Sustainability and the environment

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Science aims to explore the frontiers of our physical and digital worlds to drive innovation and develop solutions to complex, real-world challenges.

We deliver distinctive programs in Information Technology, Mathematics and Science to meet industry demands for data-driven and technological solutions.

Strong connections and long-standing partnerships with governments and industry enable us to address complex challenges though learning, teaching, research, and innovation. We facilitate learning that is delivered on campus, online and in the real-world through relevant and practical learning experiences.

Our Schools are established around disciplines that promote collaboration in teaching and research. These include:

  • School of Biology and Environmental Science
  • School of Chemistry and Physics
  • School of Computer Science
  • School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • School of Information Systems
  • School of Mathematical Sciences

The Faculty is renowned for its translational research expertise in areas such as climate change, energy, geosystems, food security and water resource management led by world-class and internationally recognised researchers. The Faculty is home to both University and Faculty based Research Centres, including:

  • Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy
  • Centre for Data Science
  • Centre for Materials Science
  • Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices
  • Centre for the Environment
  • Centre for Waste Free World

The Faculty is led by the Executive Dean and the Executive Management Team which includes the Deputy Deans, Associate Deans, Heads of School, and the Faculty Operations Manager.

About the School

The School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences specialises in understanding fundamental chemical and physical processes that operate across Earth's physical spheres. As researchers and educators, it's staff are motivated by the need to solve current global challenges such as the state of the atmosphere, greenhouse gas emissions, energy and resource sustainability, and future planetary habitability.

Core research focuses on the lithosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere. We investigate how these physical spheres have evolved over Earth's history and observe through geospatial science in order to understand interactions between each sphere and all life. We are a diverse team of experts who deliver world-class education and achieve breakthroughs in research with particular focus on:

  • Earth observation
  • natural resources
  • atmospheric composition and change
  • air quality and pollution
  • natural hazards
  • environmental science challenges (including reef restoration and energy).
  • future planetary habitability

Our view for the future of the School is to maintain and grow existing disciplinary strengths igneous petrology, geochemistry, volcanology, marine geology and tectonics.

Our staff have joined QUT from across the world and are united by the global nature of our research. We are experts in our research areas and hold a number of competitive grants from the Australian Research Council, as well as editorial positions in leading scientific journals, such as Environmental Science and Technology, Atmospheric Environment, and Chemical Geology.

Our research is well-aligned with the university research priorities and strengthens the University's real-world positioning through better partnerships across internal and external boundaries.

In the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, we received a ranking of 5 (well above world standard) for Geology and 4 (above world standard) for Atmospheric Sciences, giving the School an overall ranking in the Earth Sciences of 4 (above world standard).

We conduct our research using QUT's state-of- the art instruments and facilities, including those based within the Central Analytical Research Facility.

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