Research Fellow in Planetary Science Group

Bentley, Australia
21 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
18 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Number:



Full-time, Fixed Term - 3 years until 1 December 2020

Salary Range:

$97,076 (ALB.1)




A 3-year post-doctoral research position to study the chronology of Mars using automated crater counting methods working with Assoc. Prof. Gretchen Benedix is immediately available in the Planetary Science Group at Curtin University

Integrating image processing, high performance computing, geochemical and geochronological studies, this project aims to determine a detailed and accurate geologic timescale for Mars. The project aims to apply novel automated feature recognition techniques to high resolution space-craft derived images of the surface of Mars. Combining this with formation ages of Martian meteorites, the anticipated goal of the project is to define an absolute chronology for Mars. A more complete timescale will provide context for the geologic processes that affected Mars and may help to better understand the past habitability of the planet.

The aim of this research is to combine two geochronology datasets - crater counting and new radiometric ages - in an innovative, multi-disciplinary way

The successful applicant will work closely in an interdisciplinary group of astrogeologists, computer scientists and geochronologists. 

The applicant must have a PhD in planetary geology, geophysics, or a related field. Candidates with experience in studying and interpreting Mars surface geology via image processing or machine learning are highly desired. Experience with mineralogy/petrology of martian rocks is also a plus.

Benefits and Remuneration:

The salary ranges presented are those which are contained within the University's Enterprise Agreements; as are the employee benefits which include employer superannuation contribution at the rate of the current Government Superannuation Guarantee amount up to 17 percent, study assistance, a comprehensive salary packaging and wellness programs and flexible and family friendly work practices.

Contact Person:

Assoc. Prof. Gretchen Benedix, on telephone 08 9266 1150

Contact Email:

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Applications Close:

5 pm, Friday 16 February 2018