Grant-Funded Researcher A, Faculty of Sciences

Adelaide, Australia
25 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
25 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Level A ($86,587 to $92,796 per annum) and employer contribution of 9.5% superannuation will apply

Fixed term, full time position for two (2) years - (0.8FTE will be considered)

Two-year Postdoctoral position on novel isotope tracing of nutrient and water sources in a unique hydrological and ecological system of the Coorong Lagoon, South Australia

This research position is funded via a new and larger interdisciplinary government initiative “Project Coorong” ( that aims to apply cutting-edge science and novel analytical and modelling techniques to better understand the sources and bio-geochemical pathways of nutrients and waters in the Coorong lagoon, which represents the Ramsar listed coastal wetland of international importance with a great ecological and cultural significance.

A Postdoctoral researcher will be based at the Metal Isotope Group (MIG) at the University of Adelaide (, and he/she will develop and apply novel metal isotope tracers that will be coupled with more traditional stable isotope proxies to address the above research questions and to propose new solutions how to improve the nutrient and water management of this progressively deteriorating lagoon system that has been negatively affected by salinization and eutrophication.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this project, coordinated by the Goyder Institute for Water Research, the successful Postdoctoral researcher will also have opportunities to collaborate and interact more closely with other research groups and teams working on the project, including hydrologists, ecologists and numerical modellers. He/she will also benefit from close interactions with other partner institutes such as University of South Australia, Flinders University, CSIRO and the Department of Environment and Water. Finally, the Postdoctoral researcher will be also assisted by a laboratory technician and a part-time field assistant to help with the project and related analytical work, and he/she can also act as a supervisor for Honours students at the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

To be successful you will need:

  • A PhD or equivalent degree (or thesis submitted) in earth, ocean and/or environmental sciences with a specialisation on isotope geochemistry, and demonstrated experience in advanced isotope techniques and analyses, including: TIMS and/or MC ICP MS, and IRMS, clean laboratory (eluent chromatography), isotope tracing/labelling and double-spiking techniques.
  • Experience with interpretation and modelling of geochemical data, including radiogenic and stable isotopes, and their application to understand elemental and nutrient cycling in modern or ancient coastal and marine systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and field work/sampling, in addition to working effectively as a member of a larger research team in complex settings (e.g. academia, government, industry).
  • International research experiences (i.e., short study stays, internships, or previous overseas studies: BSc, MSc and/or PhD level), and commitment to research excellence in earth and environmental sciences.
  • A record of publications in leading scientific journals and conference proceedings, excellent organisational and time management skills, and writing and communication skills to produce project reports and research publications.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity. We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills of our staff.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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If you want to change tomorrow, act today

Click the link to the online application form below and address and upload your responses to all selection criteria.

Applications close 11:55 pm, 25 August 2019.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Dr Juraj Farkas
Lecturer, School of Physical Sciences
P: +61 (8) 831 35519

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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.