Postdoctoral Fellow in Marine Chemistry

Canberra, Australia
10 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
05 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level A
Salary package: $68,307 - $86,646 per annum plus 17% superannuation 
Terms: Full time, Fixed term (30 months)

The Research School of Earth Sciences invites applications for a 2½ year position (Level A) within the Biogeochemistry group. The post-doctoral position is framed around marine biogeochemistry with an emphasis on element and isotope cycling in the ocean. We are seeking a motivated person to contribute to Australian Research Council funded projects in the following areas:

  • Trace element and isotope cycling in the ocean, with an emphasis on understanding micronutrient (e.g. iron and zinc) availability to phytoplankton;
  • Elemental and isotope analysis of dissolved calcium, magnesium in coral reef systems, to constrain biotic and abiotic calcium carbonate formation. 

Research facilities to support this research include two Neptune multi-collector ICPMS instruments, an Element XR high resolution ICPMS, a Varian 820 quadrupole ICPMS, a Varian ICP-AES, an Ar-F 154/193nm excimer laser system, a clean-laboratory and various wet chemistry laboratories.

The successful applicant will have a PhD degree in marine chemistry, marine biogeochemistry or related field, with preference given to candidates with trace element or isotope expertise. The candidate will be required to assist with field work (e.g. Southern Ocean voyages and coral reef sampling). Candidates should demonstrate an excellent emerginc publication record relative to opportunity.

Position overview

The ANU College of Science (CoS) comprises: the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Research School of Biology, the Research School of Chemistry, the Research School of Earth Science, the Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Mathematical Sciences Institute, the Research School of Physics and Engineering, and the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science.  Staff and students within the ANU College of Science conduct research using world class research facilities and deliver a research-led education program encompassing the breadth of sciences.  The College has a strong tradition of supporting research excellence that has fostered distinguished Nobel Laureates and Kyoto Prize winners and that trains scientific leaders in disciplines in which the ANU is consistently ranked among the top universities in the world.

For additional information, please contact Dr Michael Ellwood T: 6125 8322  E:

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Application information

To apply for this position please ensure 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.