Research Fellow, ANU Research School of Earth Sciences

Canberra, Australia
11 Aug 2020
End of advertisement period
11 Sep 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level B
Salary package: $99,809 - $113,165 per annum plus 17% Superannuation
Term: Full time, Fixed Term (1 year)

  • Excellent employer superannuation contributions
  • On campus childcare facilities
  • Support network and mentoring program for early career academics

The Area

The ANU Research School of Earth Sciences is Australia‚Äôs leading academic research institution for Earth sciences, home to the largest concentration of Earth scientists in Australia, and ranked 12th in the world for Earth and marine sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016).

We take a broad view in addressing the big challenges of Earth sciences, seeking to answer questions ranging from the origins of the Earth, to understanding climate change. We have a reputation for international leadership and innovation, focused on developing new methods, whether experimental, analytical or computational.

Our cutting-edge research is led by our academic staff and provides an unparalleled environment for high-quality research training of our graduate students. Our people and facilities are also the foundation for our vision to deliver world-class research-led undergraduate teaching in the Earth sciences.

The Position

We invite applications for a Research Fellow  in observational geodynamics, who will be responsible for developing a model for the thermal structure of the uppermost mantle and lithosphere beneath Australia, contributing towards a research effort to interpret a wide range of geophysical, geochemical and geological datasets across the Australian continent. The overarching goal is to provide a geodynamic context to regional mineral systems. The position will be based at RSES, under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Rhodri Davies within the Seismology and Mathematical Geophysics research group. The appointee will also interact closely with Geosciences Australia, Australia's pre-eminent public-sector geoscience organisation.

The Person

To excel in this role, you will need:

  • A PhD in observational geodynamics or a related area, with a track record of independent research, as evidenced by publications in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and conferences, a record of developing and maintaining collaborations and by other measures such as awards, and invitations to present at conferences;
  • Experience that is relevant to quantitative research in some or all of the following areas: landscape evolution, sedimentology, geochemistry, seismology, rock mechanics, basin dynamics, convection modelling, sea-level modelling, and economic geology; and
  • Specific research experience in linking the physics of mantle convection with diverse observations from both geophysical experiments and the geological record. Experience with analysing seismic and borehole datasets, via Python and Fortran, and using seismic tomography to infer mantle structure, would be an advantage, whilst evidence of the ability to collaborate and communicate results with policymakers and industry is also desired.
  • Candidates should demonstrate the ability to supervise and graduate high-quality PhD/Masters research students, and to work as part of a team, contributing to team management and meeting deadlines for project elements.

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For more information about the position please contact Assoc. Prof. Rhodri Davies on T: +61 02 6125 3643 or E:

Closing Date: 11 September 2020

Position Description: Download FileAcademic Level_B_Position_Description.pdf

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Application information

In order to apply for his role, please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria, and
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV).