Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow, Research School of Earth Sciences

Canberra, Australia
09 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
11 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level A or B
Salary package: $74,775 - $115,428 per annum, plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full-time, Continuing (Contingent Funded), 3 years

  • Work with Australia’s leading network of Antarctic scientists
  • Excellent employer superannuation contributions
  • Flexible work arrangements and on campus childcare facilities
  • Support network and mentoring program for early career academics

The Area

The ANU Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES) is Australia’s leading academic research institution for Earth sciences, home to the largest concentration of Earth scientists in Australia and ranked 23rd in the world for Earth and Marine Sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).

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

This position is fully funded by the Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Science (ACEAS), which is a major $25M Special Research Initiative of the Australian Research Council. The goal of ACEAS is to help the world community prepare for climate risks emerging from East Antarctica and the Southern Ocean by integrating knowledge of the ocean, atmosphere, cryosphere and ecosystems, and their interplay. ACEAS is a national-scale, University-led centre for excellence in Antarctic science focused on this goal. ACEAS is led by the University of Tasmania with a range of Australian and International Partners. The Australian National University is excited to be one of the partners in ACEAS.

We seek applications from motivated and creative scientists for a 3-year, postdoctoral position / research fellow appointment in space gravity. The role will include analysing remote sensing data (space gravity and satellite altimetry) to assess the mass balance change of Antarctica – particularly East Antarctica – and the present-day contributions to global sea level rise. The research will include assessments of spatial and temporal resolution, the effects/impacts of glacial isostatic adjustment and the assimilation of multiple observation types to enhance achievable results. The successful applicant will have a strong research profile in space gravity analysis, and experience in polar mass balance research.

ACEAS provides a supportive and enriching workplace for its staff and students through its strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and wellbeing initiatives. The position has an option of a fractional appointment with flexible office hours.

The Person

To excel in this role, you will have:

  • A PhD (or awarding of a PhD within six months of appointment commencement for appointments at level A) in geodesy, geophysics, climate science, or other relevant field, such as physics or mathematics.
  • Research experience as evidenced by publications and independent research of a high international standard.
  • Achievement in a research field related to  geodesy will be highly regarded.
  • Experience in analysing space gravity data, with high-level expertise in programming (e.g. Fortran, Python) and High Performance Computing.
  • Ability or willingness to supervise high quality PhD/Masters research students and research support staff.

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For more information about the position please contact Professor Paul Tregoning, T: 61 2 6125 5510, E:  

ANU Values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. People with a disability are encouraged to apply. For more information about staff equity at ANU, click here.

Closing Date: 11 February 2022

Position Description: Download FilePD and PEWER - Academic Level A and B (1).pdf

Application information

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

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.