Research Associate in Geology

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Sydney, Australia
26 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Salary Package: From $90,188 - $96,655 p.a. (Academic level A), plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term until 31 December 2019
  • Working with leading researchers based in Macquarie University (North Ryde location)

The Role

We are seeking a qualified Research Associate to join a team with an international reputation for producing high quality research on Earth and Planetary Sciences. You will undertake high-quality research related to mantle rocks and their microstructures, zircon geochronology in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid/GEMOC. Also, you will provide support for entrepreneurial activities to attract additional industry and/or other stakeholder collaborators.

About You

You will have completed a PhD in a relevant field of geology or geochemistry and have a productive scientific research record relative to career stage. You will have strong experience in mantle-petrology research and structural geology. Also, you will possess high proficiency in using MATLAB and undertaking isotopic analysis using systems.

About Us

Macquarie is a university engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives.

Since our foundation 54 years ago, we have aspired to be a different type of university: one unbound by ivory towers and sandstone walls. Rather, we are focused on fostering collaboration between students, academics, industry and society, encouraging all to traverse the boundaries of their own perspective and affect change.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems (CCFS) is a world class research hub for multidisciplinary studies of Earth's coupled solid and fluid systems. Macquarie University is the administering institution for the three Australian nodes including University of Western Australia and Curtin University with the Geological Survey of Western Australia as a national partner, and four international partner institutions. The overarching goal of CCFS is to understand earth's internal dynamics, evolution and fluid cycles from core to crust. CCFS multiplies the capabilities of three national centres of research excellence in Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS).

The MQ Geoanalytical is a leading laboratory with a stable of world-class instrumentation and geochemical laboratories ( it provides analytical facilities for research projects funded by the Australian Research Council, other government grants and industry collaborations, and is one of three national geochemical nodes for the NCRIS AuScope Capability. The MQ Geoanalytical attracts a large number of national and international researchers annually as well as providing geochemical analytical support for all staff, postgraduates and senior undergraduates in EPS and other Macquarie Departments.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, please apply online and attach your resume and a separate cover letter that outlines how you meet to the selection criteria below:


  • PhD in a relevant field of geology or geochemistry or equivalent
  • Experience in mantle-petrology research and advanced sample preparation
  • Experience with structural geology and microstructural analysis including EBSD
  • Evidence of high level of proficiency with MATLAB projects relevant to understanding mantle process and experience with isotopic analysis by LA-ICPMS and LA-MC-ICPMS
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret complex microstructural data and relate to mantle geophysical properties
  • Ability to undertake coding relevant to interpretation of observed microstructural and petrophysical properties related to geophysical datasets
  • Demonstrated capacity for productive scientific research relative to career stage and ability to provide results to external research collaborators such as TerraneChron®
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and contribute positively to an active milieu


  • Experience in daily operating procedures and trouble-shooting for at least one of the following instruments: LA-ICPMS and EBSD
  • Experience in international fieldwork in remote terrains
  • Research experience in mantle rocks including ophiolites

Specific Role Enquiries: Professor, Sue O’Reilly at

Applications Close: Thursday, 25 October at 11:55 pm AEST

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