First listed on: 15 May 2019

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellow in Geochemistry and Spectral Imaging - The Red Sea and Mars

The Opportunity

  • Do you have an interest in the Red Sea and Mars?
  • Use your skills to carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation

The Position

CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years relevant postdoctoral work experience.  These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.

CSIRO’s Mineral Resources is seeking to appoint a CERC Postdoctoral Fellow in Geochemistry and Spectral Imaging – Red Sea and Mars. The Red Sea, located at the spreading centre between two tectonic plates, the African Plate and the Arabian Plate, provides a unique opportunity to study metal-rich ores caught in the act of formation. At 2000 m depth in the Red Sea, the Atlantis II Deep is recognised as the largest modern-day ore-forming environment on Earth

As the successful candidate you will develop an innovative interdisciplinary approach combining geochemistry, hyperspectral imaging and mineralogy to provide insight into ore formation processes of the Atlantis II Deep, refine current genetic models of ancient ore deposits and study hydrothermal activity on Mars. 

Your duties will include

  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • With support from the research team, lead the research project and maintain open communication with all stakeholders.
  • Conduct a detailed geochemical and mineralogical characterisation of Red Sea sediments.
  • Provide a spectral database of Red Sea samples.
  • Review hyperspectral datasets from Mars and conduct comparison with newly produced datasets.
  • Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and patents.
  • Produce high quality scientific papers suitable for publication in quality journals, for client reports and granting of patents.

Location:      Kensington WA
Salary:          AU$83,687 - AU$94,679 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Specified term of 3 years
Reference:    61608

To be successful you will need

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Geochemistry (Organic, Isotopic and/or Inorganic), Mineralogy, Remote Sensing

Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in geochemistry and mineralogy
  • Familiarity with at least three of the following techniques: state-of-the-art 2D and 3D imaging techniques (SEM, TEM, XRF mapping, computed micro-tomography) and spectral analysis (Raman Spectroscopy, Infrared (IR) microscopy)
  • Ability to interpret datasets obtained from remote and proximal sensing
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research

For details about who to contact and for more information please view the Position Description

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Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance 


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment.

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To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close

Wednesday 19 June 2019 at 11.59pm AEST


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