Lecturer, Economic Geology

Townsville, Australia
30 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
30 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Overview

The Lecturer, Economic Geology will undertake research and teaching within the Geoscience discipline, in addition to providing administrative, marketing and outreach for the Economic Geology Research Centre (EGRU), the Geoscience discipline and the university.

The Lecturer will demonstrate the ambition to grow the activities and objectives of EGRU, including high quality research, a capacity to provide leadership to EGRU activities, the ability to attract research funding, engage with industry and entrepreneurial opportunities, supervise students and competence in a broad range of geoscience fields such as petrology, structural geology, geochemistry, sedimentology and tectonics.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

College of Science and Engineering

Human Resources – Academic Duty Descriptor template version 4

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Undertake teaching of Geoscience subjects into the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Geology and other undergraduate degree programs within the College of Science and Engineering.
  2. Conduct research in geology, particularly related to economic geology and allied fields, as an individual, and in collaboration with students and other researchers and industry.
  3. Develop collaborative partnerships with research funding sources including but not limited to grant applications to industry, government and non-government organisations (NGOs).
  4. Supervise undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree by research (HDR) students
  5. Contribute to the management of university business through involvement with EGRU management, with the aim of assuming greater EGRU management responsibilities in future, and active participation in committees at discipline and college levels as directed.
  6. Communicate the results of research orally and in written form to colleagues, industry, the scientific research community and other stakeholders.
  7. 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.
  8. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.

Generic Accountabilities

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

  1. The Lecturer, Economic Geology 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 Lecturer, Economic Geology 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 Lecturer, Economic Geology 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 or equivalent qualification in Geology
  2. Demonstrated experience in economic geology inclusive of field, structural, mineralogical, petrological and geochemical studies and the application of applied geophysical datasets.
  3. Demonstrated experience and ability to undertake undergraduate and postgraduate education and training in geology fields, including economic geology and field geology.
  4. Proven track record in research publication and in attracting research grants, with a demonstrated ability to efficiently organise and conduct research projects, and conduct collaborative, multi-disciplinary research within diverse teams.
  5. Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills, evidenced through experience in working effectively in teams, engagement with industry, community agencies and professional bodies.
  6. Demonstrated ability to contribute to outreach and marketing activities in support of a university, government department, research organisation or other institutions.


  1. Demonstrated competence across a broad range of solid earth science fields.
  2. A history of industry engagement, entrepreneurship and/or interdisciplinary collaboration.
  3. Laboratory experience with geochronological/geochemical analytical techniques.