Postdoctoral Researcher, Geology

Townsville, Australia
Sep 18, 2019
End of advertisement period
Oct 09, 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Overview

The postdoctoral research fellow will undertake research in the Mt Isa Block as a member of the Magma Fertility Project team in the University’s Economic Geology Research Centre (EGRU). Working in collaboration with the Geological Survey of Queensland, the project team aims to develop an understanding of the tectono-magmatic history of the Mary Kathleen Domain, and links to metallogenesis, in addition to exploring the applicability of magma fertility concepts as an exploration tool.

The ambition to establish a world-class research portfolio in economic geology, geochemistry and tectonics, as well as a demonstrated capacity to contribute to the growth of EGRU are inherent to the position.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

College of Science and Engineering

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Conduct research in geology/geochemistry related to the Mary Kathleen magma fertility project, including:
  • Fieldwork (mapping and sample collection) focusing on targeted areas where transition between magmatism, magma-related hydrothermal alteration and ore formation can be tracked.
  • Analytical work:
  • U-Pb dating (zircon, apatite, titanite, etc) to establish timing of magmatic and tectonic events; 
  • Geochemical and radiogenic isotope analysis to determine magma source and fertility indicators
  • Progress reports
  1. Publication of research findings in high quality journals. Collaborate with other researchers and students, including provision of provide guidance to post-graduate students. Contribute to EGRU through participation in activities as directed. Enhance the visibility and reputation of JCU through active participation in public outreach activities as an individual and through participation in events organised by JCU. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.

Generic Accountabilities 

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. 

  1. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.  This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations.  Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct. 

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. A PhD qualification or equivalent in Geology or Geochemistry
  2. Demonstrated experience in a field, or fields, of applied geology, such as but not limited to economic geology, stable or radiogenic isotope geochemistry, igneous petrology, geochronology, or applied geochemistry.
  3. A proven track record in research publication,
  4. Demonstrated ability to efficiently organise and conduct research projects.
  5. Effective written, oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  6. Experience in working effectively in teams, and the ability to engage with industry, community agencies and professional bodies.


  1. Demonstrated experience in sample preparation for geochemical and isotopic analysis
  2. Demonstrated experience in the operation and management of laser ablation ICPMS (multi-collector and quadrupole) instruments.
  3. Experience with geochronological analytical techniques and their application to geology
  4. Research or work experience in the Mount Isa Inlier.