Radiocarbon Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Sydney, Australia
19 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
22 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time
  • Contribute to profound discoveries in the Earth sciences and related disciplines
  • $73,597 - $98,127 + 17% superannuation + annual leave loading
  • 3-year appointment with the option for renewal

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Head of the Solid State and Elemental Analysis Unit with a dotted reporting line to the Scientific Co-Director of the Facility, you will provide fee-for-service analysis and perform collaborative research to produce radiocarbon dates for large batches of samples, with an emphasis on tree ring dating. Sample analysis will involve wet chemical preparation, graphitisation and 14C measurement of the graphitised targets on the new accelerator.

The Organisation

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work. We aspire to be Australia‚Äôs global university, improving and transforming lives through excellence in research, outstanding education and a commitment to advancing a just society.

The Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre (MWAC) is part of the Division of Research and sees the colocation of major research instrumentation in the University in purpose-built high-grade facilities for the study of the structure and composition of biological, chemical and physical materials and includes preparation laboratories, smaller instruments and computing facilities. In addition, MWAC provides the technical/professional support for these instruments.

UNSW is taking advantage of recent technological advances in Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) to create a new radiocarbon dating facility based around a new Ionplus MICADAS (Mini Carbon Dating System) at its Kensington Campus, in collaboration with researchers at ANSTO. The facility will be located in a new purpose-built laboratory dedicated with radiocarbon analysis, with equipment for chemical sample preparation, graphitisation and AMS dating. The new facility is expected to contribute to profound discoveries in the Earth sciences and related disciplines.

About the successful applicant:

You have a Postgraduate or undergraduate degree with equivalent experience, in a discipline involving extensive use of radiocarbon dating and its research applications in the earth sciences, as well as:

  • A track record of publications and excellence in research with demonstrated ability to publish collaboratively
  • Demonstrated experience in the design and implementation of new protocols for radiocarbon dating including pre-treatment methods (e.g. alpha-cellulose extraction from wood)
  • Proven detailed knowledge of the operation of AMS instrumentation used for radiocarbon dating.
  • Experience training and others in techniques related to radiocarbon dating
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal), including the ability to liaise with a diverse group of individuals, interpret and present analytical results, and write scientific reports
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and flexibly within a team environment
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities, particularly in a chemical laboratory, and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training

To apply: If Contributing to profound discoveries in the Earth sciences and related disciplines is of interest to you, please submit your CV, Cover Letter and Responses to Selection Criteria.


Shiree Thomas

Talent Acquisition Consultant


t: 02 9385 2401

Applications close: 11 pm Monday 22nd April 2019 (AEST)

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff, and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.