Postdoctoral Fellow - Molecular Fossil Record of Early Life

Canberra, Australia
$68,307 - $86,646 per annum
23 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
16 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level A

Salary package: $68,307 - $86,646 per annum plus 17% superannuation.

Terms: This is a continuing (contingent funded) employment of initial 12 months. The appointment may be extended to 2.5 years.   The Australian National University strongly encourages suitably qualified female, early career academic to apply for this position.   Position overview

Postdoctoral Fellow - the molecular fossil record of early life

The Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES) invites outstanding scholars to submit an application for a postdoctoral research associate position in the Palaeobiogeochemistry program. We are looking for an enthusiastic, early career researcher with ambition for a scientific career. 

The successful applicant will join the project "Lost world of complex life: The search for molecular traces of our earliest primordial ancestors". Our team is at the verge of a major breakthrough in the search for primordial biochemicals in the ancient rock record. The postdoctoral researcher will work within a team to identify hydrocarbons and other compounds preserved in ancient sedimentary rocks with the potential for amazing discoveries. She or he is ideally an organic geochemist, biogeochemist or organic chemist with strong experience in the isolation of compounds such as hydrocarbons and lipids from complex mixtures using chromatographic techniques, and is familiar with the characterization of small molecules using GC-MS and GC-IRMS techniques. 

Qualifications and Skills: The candidate must have received a PhD in geochemistry, chemistry, environmental sciences or related fields. A strong peer-reviewed publication record and proficiency in spoken and written English are valuable merits.   

For further information, please, contact Dr Jochen Brocks 

Closing Date: 16 April 2017

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on   

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Application information

Please include a tabular CV and a brief informal statement about your background, skills and research interests.  

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.
  • Other documents, if required.

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

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