Research Fellow

  • $109,101 - $122,133 (ALB) per annum plus 17% superannuation
  • Full-time, fixed term, 4 year appointment

Job Reference: 1010761

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.

Curtin University offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, generous superannuation, and salary-packaging. Our vibrant campus also includes an art gallery, gym, childcare, medical centre, and endless food options.

For more information on our university, please visit

Your new role

A unique and exciting 4 year appointment exists for a Research Fellow to join the school to support the numerical modelling component of the recently awarded ARC Future Fellowship.

The research will investigate the thermal evolution of large collisional orogens, such as those formed during the amalgamation of supercontinents, and is part of a large research effort into understanding the interplay of melting, heat production (re)distribution and mantle dynamics in controlling the evolution of orogens.

Your role will include working towards integrating paleogeographic reconstructions and thermodynamic models with 2D and 3D numerical simulations of large hot orogens.

You will be expected to take a leading role in developing research in these areas and to publish results in leading peer-reviewed publications. You will also be expected to participate in other activities/tasks such as teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, mentoring masters and PhD students.

You will require current work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role.
Visa sponsorship and relocation will be considered.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Professor Chris Clark on +61 8 9266 2446 or

Join us!

Your application should include a cover letter, your CV and separate document addressing the selection criteria (noted below) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

Selection criteria:

  • PhD within Geodynamics or must have submitted their doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • A suitable background and research interest in quantitative tectonic modelling, and quantitative earth science is essential.
  • Evidence of ability to present and publish the result of research at an international level in English and documented research potential.
  • Ability to able to work independently and in a structured manner and have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • Excellent writing and oral English skills.

Applications close: Tuesday, 7 February 2023, 9pm AWST

Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, undergo character, integrity, and reference checks. Please note that this position may be subject to a WA state government vaccination mandate. If requested, you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status prior to employment.

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

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

posted: 23 January 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.