Senior Research Officer, School of Geosciences

Sydney, Australia
04 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
17 Jun 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Utilise your extensive research experience as part of the University of Sydney’s Basin Genesis Hub
  • Located on the on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Geosciences
  • Full-time, 2-year fixed term with a base salary of $114K p.a., plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity

The Senior Research Officer (Computational Geoscientist) specialises in thermo-mechanical and/or surface processes modelling and provides deep technical leadership and expertise, and project management support to the Chief Investigators. This role will collaborate with academics and research professionals to support the research requirements for the work area. This includes actively leading and contributing to research activities, designing research protocols, undertaking critical aspects of research work including formation of analysis and key findings. The role will collate and record research data, draw insights and analysis, report information from the research undertaken, and may work with the Chief Investigator and/or Senior Academics to source grant funding.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Senior Research Officer who has:

  • a university degree in earth or computational sciences, applied math, engineering, physics, or a related field together with significant experience working in a computational research position
  • proficiency in at least one common programming language, such as Python, C/C++, or F90 combined with expertise with Underworld framework, and with GitHub repository hosting service
  • excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day to day operational matters
  • ability to travel to partner and collaborator institutions (Perth and Melbourne).
  • a demonstrated ability to organise and prioritise work, sometimes under pressure, with competing priorities and sometimes limited supervision.
  • extensive experience in developing and working on research projects, including expertise in using research protocols, experimental design, ethics submissions and grant applications.
  • a working understanding and current knowledge of relevant aspects of the Work Health and Safety Policy and relevant legislation (including Safe Laboratory Practices for roles based in Laboratory).
  • knowledge of the Higher Education Research Data Collection and ethics reporting requirements.

About us

Hosted by the School of Geosciences at The University of Sydney, the Basin Genesis Hub (BGH) is supported by ARC-ITRH Basin Genesis (IH130200012) and ARC-Linkage Proterozoic Basins (LP190100146).

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 706/0520F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30 pm, Wednesday 17 June 2020

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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