Research Associate - Earth and Planetary Sciences

Updated: 25 days ago
Job Type: FullTime

Job reference: 799471



We provide world-class training for geoscientific and geospatial careers through our industry-recognised teaching programs, and undertake fundamental and applied research into the past, present and future of our planet and solar system.

To carry out exciting newly Government funded research on Precambrian palaeointensity using a modern palaeomagnetic laboratory at Curtin University, and through collaboration with the University of Liverpool. The aim of the project is to better characterise Precambrian geomagnetic field and link the evolution of Earth’s magnetic field with plate tectonics and supercontinent cycle, mantle dynamics, and the inner core evolution.
In this role you will….

  • Contribute to research output, normally as part of a research group.
  • Disseminate research findings through seminars, workshops and conferences
  • Publish/exhibit in high quality journals/outlets (often in collaboration with colleagues) in manner consistent with disciplinary practice.
  • Undertake principal supervision of honours and research masters, and co-supervision of research doctoral supervision where appropriate.
  • Undertake administrative functions associated with research activities.
  • Participate in applications for competitive funding when opportunity arises.
  • Participate in the delivery of research led educational programs as required by the Head of School.
  • Contribute to academic service and leadership, engagement and management within the University
  • Contribute to external activities relevant to the discipline/profession and community engagement.
  • Foster and promote relationships with professional bodies, industry and affiliated associations, government departments, and the wider community.
  • Undertake other activities associated with the organizational area, which the incumbent might reasonably be expected to do, and which are consistent with the specific accountabilities and responsibilities outlined above.
  • Engage in appropriate professional development and mentoring programs.

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We are looking for someone with…

  • A doctoral qualification in relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrated relevant subject/discipline knowledge and knowledge and experience in relevant research techniques.
  • Competency in a range of qualitative and quantitative research tasks.
  • Emerging research track record/potential to conduct quality research and contribute productively to research teams under light supervision.
  • High level organisational skills.
  • High level communication and interpersonal skills with a commitment to the development of a collegial and supportive working environment and the ability to interact with students and staff with cross cultural sensitivity. 
  • Commitment to applying relevant and applicable policies, procedures and legislation in the day-to-day performance of the functions of this position.
Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Curtin

We are committed to ensuring that Curtin has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued and welcome.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.

We have received recognition in this area:

  • Voted one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers by the Diversity Council of Australia.
  • One of the first Universities to receive accreditation for an ‘Elevate’ Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation
  • 16th best workplace for new dads in Australia (HBF - Direct Advice for Dads, 2019)


Next steps

Please apply on-line with a cover letter and resume to enable us to assess your suitability for the role.

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Applications close: 10.00pm AWST, Friday 5th November 2021

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