Research Fellow (ALB) - Planetary Science Group

Location: Perth
Job Type: Full time
Contact: Associate Professor, Gretchen Benedix
Email: email Associate
Reference: CURTIN60


Job No: CURTIN60
Location: Perth

Fixed term, full-time until 30 June 2021

$98,059 - $116,369 (ALB) + 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.

Your new role

A 3-year post-doctoral research position to study the chronology of Mars using automated crater counting methods working with Assoc. Prof. Gretchen Benedix is immediately available in the Planetary Science Group at Curtin University

Integrating image processing, high performance computing, geochemical and geochronological studies, this project aims to determine a detailed and accurate geologic timescale for Mars. The project aims to apply novel automated feature recognition techniques to high resolution space-craft derived images of the surface of Mars. Combining this with formation ages of Martian meteorites, the anticipated goal of the project is to define an absolute chronology for Mars. A more complete timescale will provide context for the geologic processes that affected Mars and may help to better understand the past habitability of the planet.

  • The aim of this research is to combine two geochronology datasets - crater counting and new radiometric ages - in an innovative, multi-disciplinary way
  • The successful applicant will work closely in an interdisciplinary group of astrogeologists, computer scientists and geochronologists. 
You will bring to this role
  • A PhD in planetary geology, geophysics, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in studying and interpreting Mars surface geology via image processing or machine learning are highly desired.
  • Experience with mineralogy/petrology of martian rocks is also a plus.

Position Description

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.

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.

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Contact details

To apply complete the application form below. Applications close: 5 pm, Saturday 21 April 2018

For more information contact

Associate Professor, Gretchen Benedix



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.