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Research Associate

Perth (Suburb), Western Australia (AU)
$103,202 p.a. plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
13 Jun 2024

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Job Details

  • Field-based geology investigation at Pogo gold deposit in Alaska using cutting-edge analysis
  • Work in a multidisciplinary team and connect with industry companies such as Northern Star Resources and USGS
  • Full-time appointment on a fixed term basis for 2 years
  • Base salary range (Level A step 8): $ $103,202 p.a. plus 17% superannuation.

School of Earth Sciences

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to innovate and inspire, there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the area

The School of Earth Sciences at The University of Western Australia undertakes diverse fundamental and applied research with recognised strengths in mineral geoscience, petroleum geoscience, geochemistry, hydrogeology and marine geoscience. The School has an international reputation in research and teaching with strong support from the mineral exploration, petroleum and groundwater industries, and well established collaborations with industry and state and federal government agencies.

The School has been recognised internationally, with Earth and Marine Science ranked 37th in the 2021 QS World University subject rankings and Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ratings above to well above world standard across the Earth Sciences sub disciplines. Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs are underpinned by research activity and expertise, and the School attracts high calibre higher degree by research students into PhD and MPhil programs.

The project is funded by Northern Star and involves three organisations namely: the United State Geological Survey (USGS), Curtin University and the University of Western Australia.

About the opportunity

You will document in detail the successive stages of gold introduction associated with the various quartz vein types and the paragenetic sequence, in a spatial context, and assess their collective role leading to an understanding of the location of high grade gold mineralisation at the Pogo gold deposit (Alaska).

About you

To be considered for this position, you will demonstrate:

  • PhD qualification in geosciences
  • Experience and proven track record in conducting field based structural geology investigation
  • Experience with conducting high end micro- and or nano in-situ analytical techniques applied to mineralogical, geochronological and/or structural investigation
  • Scientific achievement with a record of publications commensurate with the years in the academic environment
  • Experience in working in a team environment involving academic, government and/or industry research partners

Note: Significant overseas travel will be required by the successful applicant.

About your application

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description: Download File PD - Research Associate 517385 .pdf

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria.

You may also submit an additional statement (1 page max) outlining any personal circumstances which should be considered when assessing your application. Applicants who have experienced periods of academic/professional interruption or other relevant events can include a description of achievements relative to opportunity in this statement.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Associate Professor Nicolas Thebaud at

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Thursday, 13 June 2024

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace.  We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution.  We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for children aged 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity. 

Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact the individual named in the advertisement. Alternatively, contact the Talent team at with details of your query. To enable a quick response, please include the 6-digit job reference number and a member of the team will respond to your enquiry.


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