First listed on: 31 July 2019

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geophysical Imaging & Stratigraphic Modelling

The Opportunity
  • Engage & collaborate with the stratigraphic modelling community in Australia & overseas.
  • Conduct innovative research aligned with the goals of Deep Earth Imaging
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science & technology research organisation!

Australia’s future minerals, energy and water resources will come from greater depths in the onshore regions and from deep offshore plays. Our ability to find, define and exploit mineral resources is limited by a deep and complex regolith that covers about 80% of the Australian land mass. Undiscovered conventional oil and gas lies in deeper or more subtle traps, or else is sourced from unconventional sources onshore that require new geophysical methods to quantify.  The science of Deep Earth Imaging will help us more precisely image and understand the significance of subsurface rock properties, which in turn will unlock the resource potential of this vast and relatively under-explored continent. 

Your duties will include
  • Under the direction of a senior research scientists, the successful candidate will conduct innovative research aligned with the goals of Deep Earth Imaging that ideally lead to novel and important scientific outcomes around:
    • Stratigraphic modelling as a tool to improve the identification of resources in geological complex settings through imaging and prediction.
    • Improvement and calibration of conceptualised models of hydrocarbon systems through stratigraphic forward modelling.
  • Engage and collaborate with the stratigraphic modelling community in Australia and overseas.
  • Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and intellectual property. 
  • Produce quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals, presentation to clients, and/or applications for patents.

Location:       Perth, WA 
Tenure:          Specified Term of 1 year
Salary:           AU$83K – AU$94K + up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:    62431

To be successful you will need

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential selection criteria can be appointed.

  • A doctorate in a relevant discipline (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) such as applied geophysics and stratigraphic modelling, with an understanding of their application and extant software packages. 
  • Demonstrated experience in stratigraphic forward modelling to understand sedimentary systems and simulate their geophysical response.
  • Demonstrated experience in geophysical data interpretation.
  • Experience with model calibration techniques and global sensitivity analysis techniques.
  • Experience in unconventional hydrocarbon systems geochemistry.
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in scientific programming.
  • Demonstrated high quality written and oral communication skills achieved through high-level reporting, publication, and presentation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary research team.
  • Motivation and self-discipline to conduct independent research.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity with the ability and willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigation.

For more information please view the Position Description.

We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish. D&I Strategy

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. 

Apply Online

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

Applications Close

Thursday, 29th August, 2019. 

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