Research Associate/Fellow (ALA/ALB) – Geochemistry

Location: Perth
Job Type: Full time
Contact: Professor Noreen Evans
Email: email Professor
Reference: CURTIN66


Job No: CURTIN66
Location: Perth

Research Associate/Fellow (ALA/ALB) – Geochemistry

2 years fixed term, full-time with the possibility of extension

$86,832 - $93,178 (ALA) + 17% superannuation
$98,059 - $116,369 (ALB)
 + 17% superannuation

Curtin University is ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide (ARWU 2017), and in the top 50 in the world for universities under the age of 50 (QS World University Rankings 2017). In recent years, Curtin has climbed significantly in global league tables and in the 2016 Nature Index results, Curtin was named as a rising star, the most collaborative of the Australian universities, and the biggest Australian mover. Curtin is industry-facing, highly engaged with relevant partners, and a major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, and Dubai.

The John de Laeter Centre (JdLC) undertakes both pure and applied research, as well as commercial-in-confidence work for industry clients. JdLC provides quantitative data used to understand Earth system processes and planetary evolution, characterise the nature of essential resources and materials, and monitor our changing environment. Integrative research in the minerals and petroleum sectors is foremost among the centre’s strategic goals.

Help us build Curtin’s future.

Your new role

A rare opportunity exists for a research scientist to join the research team in the GeoHistory laser ablation Facility. The appointment combines research and analytical activities.

It will involve a range of key instrumentation accessed daily by academic, government and industry collaborators to address a wide array of questions in the Earth and Planetary sciences.

  • Building on our existing capabilities and research in laser ablation single and split-stream isotopic and elemental analysis, this position will assist in the development of new protocols/applications using single (Agilent 7700 and 8900 QQQ) and multi-collector (NU Plasma II) instruments in various configurations (single and split-stream).
  • Conduct research within the framework of the role, participate in competitive granting schemes, and publish in world-leading journals

Position Description

You will bring to this role
  • A doctoral qualification in the geosciences.
  • At least 2 years of experience with LA ICPMS laboratory equipment including proficiency in operations, maintenance and
  • Demonstrated proficiency in LA ICPMS data reduction
  • Highly developed interpersonal and relationship management skills that facilitate a collegial and supportive working environment, excellence in customer service, and a willingness to support the analytical end user community with training and supervision. 
  • Established research track record or evidence of potential to conduct quality research.
  • Demonstrated high level organisational
  • Demonstrated competency in the development of techniques and applications using two or more of the following platforms:
    1. RESOlution excimer laser
    2. Agilent single quadrupole mass spectrometer
    3. Agilent triple quadrupole mass spectrometer
    4. Nu Plasma II multi-collector mass spectrometer
What we offer you

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.

What we need from you

You are encouraged to respond specifically to the selection criteria as listed above and provide a curriculum vitae.

Please note, screening and interviews may take place prior to the advertised close date.

Valuing diversity and affirmative action

Curtin University embraces diversity and inclusion and invites applications from women, men and intersex individuals who share the University's values, ethics, international outlook, value diversity and have an informed respect for indigenous people. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive workplace, therefore, if you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application. We will then work with you to identify the best way to assist you through the recruitment process. All personal information will be kept confidential in compliance with relevant privacy legislation.

Curtin University has a bold vision to be one of the leading institutions in the Asia-Pacific region. Curtin is now entering an exciting phase as it focuses on further building its research capacity and improving its already strong reputation for innovation in learning and teaching.

Explore some more JdLC

Contact details

To apply complete the application form below. Applications close: 5 pm, Tuesday 1 May 2018

For more information contact

Professor Noreen Evans



Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time.