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CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Organic and Isotopic Geochemistry

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The Position

Postdoctoral Fellowships at CSIRO provide opportunities to scientists and engineers, who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships will help launch their careers, provide experience that will enhance their career prospects, and facilitate the recruitment and development of potential leaders for CSIRO.

Postdoctoral Fellows (PDF) are appointed for up to three years and will work closely with a leading Research Scientist in their respective field. They carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO with the possibility of novel and important scientific outcomes. They present the findings in appropriate publications and at conferences. The appointee will work closely and in collaboration with the leading Professor of WA-Organic and Isotope Geochemistry Centre, Curtin University.

You will design, analyse, interpret and publish studies using accelerated experimental weathering through rock aging, gas capture and its analysis, to determine pathfinder compounds (hydrocarbons and S-bearing gases), isotopic signatures (principally C and S isotopes) and metal-bearing gases (e.g. Ni-carbonyl) for sulphide ores. Once these signatures are determined, the application of column experiments will be used to understand the ability of the compounds identified to migrate through regolith (weathered bedrock, soils and sediments) materials. The PDF will become a key scientist in research into gases-related mineral exploration and deliver new fundamental knowledge. This will lead to field application and development of soil gas collecting technology. This project will be undertaken in collaboration with Curtin University, Perth and Queen’s University, Canada.

Location:      Kensington, WA
Salary:          AU $80K - AU $91K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Specified Term of 3 years
Reference:    48782

To be successful you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Organic Geochemistry or Isotopic Geochemistry. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years of relevant postdoctoral experience.
  • Experience in characterisation of organic compounds and compound-specific stable isotopes using GC-MS and GC-IRMS.
  • Experience in wet laboratory preparation techniques related to isolating and characterising organic or inorganic compounds.
  • Evidence of strong scientific writing, publication and presentation skills.
  • 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.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.
  • Willingness to conduct occasional field work in remote parts of Australia (1-2 week duration maximum).

Before applying, we encourage you to read the full position description for this role. This document can be viewed at:

Position details document

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How to Apply:  To apply, please provide a CV as well as a cover letter addressing the selection criteria in brief, and upload these as one document. If your application proceeds to the next stage you may be asked to provide additional information.

Applications Close:  10:59pm AEST Sunday 12th November 2017

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