Lecturer, Geochemistry

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

Position Overview

The Lecturer, Geochemistry will undertake teaching and research within the Geoscience discipline, in addition to providing administrative, marketing and outreach for the Earth and Environmental Sciences academic group and the university.

The lecturer will demonstrate the ambition to develop new strategic research and teaching subjects and programs in geochemistry, including areas such as radiogenic isotopes, geochronology, climate science or economic geology. Capacity to establish a high quality research portfolio, a desire to contribute to future growth of Earth & Environmental Sciences, as well as a track record of research publication, attracting research funding, clean/geochemistry laboratory experience, teaching and supervision of students are also inherent to this position.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

College of Science and Engineering

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Undertake teaching of Earth science 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/geochemistry, particularly related to applied 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. Develop new teaching and research strengths within applied geology and geochemistry.
  5. Contribute to the establishment and ongoing development of teaching and research collaborations with international partner institutions in Asia and other regions.
  6. Supervise undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree by research (HDR) students
  7. Contribute to the management of university business through active participation in committees at discipline and college levels as directed.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.

Generic Accountabilities

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

  1. The Lecturer, Geochemistry 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, Geochemistry 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, Geochemistry 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/Geochemistry
  2. Demonstrated experience in geology, such as radiogenic isotope geochemistry, geochronology, or applied geochemistry, economic geology or climate science.
  3. Demonstrated experience and ability to undertake undergraduate and postgraduate education and training in geology and geochemistry, including environmental geochemistry.
  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 with 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 track record of collaboration with minerals, energy, and/or environmental industries.
  2. Demonstrated experience in sample preparation for geochemical and isotopic analysis and operation and management of a clean lab, and ICPMS (multi-collector and quadrupole) instruments.
  3. Experience with geochronological analytical techniques and their application to geology.
  4. Demonstrated ability to teach into subjects in climate change and environmental science.