Postdoctoral Fellow in Antarctic Palaeoclimatology

Canberra, Australia
12 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level A
Salary package: $70,107 – $88,446 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full time, fixed term 2 years

  • 2 year Postdoctoral Fellow position in Antarctic palaeoclimatology.
  • Integrated International project team focused on developing advances in determining past sea ice records.
  • Multidisciplinary project across diatom taxonomy, biogeochemistry and the determination of past Antarctic climatic states.

Position overview

The Postdoctoral Fellow position is framed around marine biogeochemistry with an emphasis on diatom fossil and biogeochemical markers in Antarctic seafloor sediments. The position aims specifically to compare and understand the link between highly-branched isoprenoid (HBI) preservation in sediments to that of the fossil record of diatoms in cores from Antarctica, in an effort to extend the record of past sea-ice cover beyond the late Quaternary. The project interfaces, and is entwined with, studies on the modern understanding of HBI content and genetic markers in Southern Ocean diatoms with collaborators across Australia, the United Kingdom and France.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will work under the supervision of Associate Professor Leanne Armand. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work closely with the team of academic and technical staff members involved in the ARC Discovery Project Interactions of the Totten Glacier with the Southern Ocean through multiple glacial cycles. They will also liaise and collaborate with Centre of Excellence partners at ANU and other universities and organisations, and the SCAR Scientific Research Programme PAIS (Past Antarctic Ice Sheet dynamics) community to improve our understanding of climate variability and extremes in the Antarctic.

College 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 and delivers a research-led education program that encompasses the entire breadth of the sciences, supported by extensive international networks and by world-class facilities.  The College has a strong tradition of 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 in the top twenty in the world.

Enquiries Contact: Leanne Armand, E: or T: 02 6125 6713

Closing date: 22 July 2018

Position Description:  Revised PD_Postdoc_Research Fellow_Armand_Amended Draft.docx

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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.
  • Other documents, if required.

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