Research Associate in Isotope Geochemistry

Perth, Australia
$86,832 (ALA.6) plus 17% superannuation
30 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
06 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

3 years fixed-term, full time
$86,832 (ALA.6) plus 17% superannuation

Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% universities worldwide (ARWU 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2019), and is placed 20th in the world for universities less than 50 years old (QS Top 50 Under 50 2019). Curtin is WA’s most preferred university, with highly engaged industry-facing partners. A major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.

Your new role

A rare opportunity exists for a Research Associate, funded by the Australian Research Council, entitled Hidden geochemical treasure: Reading the Earth’s history recorded in apatite inclusions in zircon.  

Your role in this project involves utilising a range of geochemical analytical techniques, both established and under development, including isotopic analysis by high-resolution SIMS, LA-ICPMS, EBSD and other SEM-based imaging, that will result in exciting new data sets, methodologies and high-impact publications. 

Your role includes:

  • utilising your analytical skills to provide new insights into new and existing research and industry projects
  • assisting with student supervision
  • utilising your in-depth knowledge to enable and deliver new scientific discoveries, leading to international publications
  • you will be widely respected for your collaborative qualities

You will work in a team led by Chief Investigators Pete Kinny, Alex Nemchin and Aaron Cavosie based at Bentley Campus, Perth, Western Australia embedded within the School of Earth and Planetary Sciences. The position will involve engaging with collaborators, industry partners both locally and internationally and developing funding proposals.

You will bring to this role

  • A PhD or progressing towards a doctoral qualification in geochemistry or relevant discipline to this position
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct innovative geochemical research and isotopic analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to develop experimental plans and pursue novel research approaches
  • Ability to work with a broad range of people from varying research backgrounds and evidence of strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to publish the results of scientific research in scientific journals
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently under minimal supervision while contributing to overall team performance and proven ability to meet performance deadlines during the course of the project

What we offer you

The Faculty of Science and Engineering offers exciting career paths and trajectories including

  • conducting innovative work that will make real-world difference
  • interactions with and learnings from industry, government and academic partners
  • international recognition

Curtin University offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, a relocation allowance, generous superannuation, salary-packaging arrangements including childcare, and the potential to support dual-career arrangements. 

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What we need from you

You are encouraged to respond specifically to the selection criteria which can be found in the Academic Role Statement.

To view the Academic Role Statement, please clock ‘Apply’ below

Applications close: 5 pm, Wednesday 06 March 2019 

Valuing Diversity and Inclusion

At Curtin, we are committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation, diversity and social justice and aim to create an inclusive environment where our staff and students are valued and inspired. This includes a supportive recruitment process should you require any access assistance.

Curtin University has a bold vision to be one of the leading institutions in the Asia-Pacific region. Curtin is now entering an exciting phase as it focuses on further building its research capacity, and improving its already strong reputation for innovation in learning and teaching.  

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Contact details

To apply complete the application form below, or for more information contact:

Professor Pete Kinny, John Curtin Distinguished Professor, EPS
:  +61 8 9266 4071

Please only apply via the attached link.  Please do not send your resume direct to the above contact.


Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time.