Research Associate - School of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

Job Reference: 1039974
School of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Consolidating engineering, economics, and science capabilities to form School of Earth and Planetary Sciences: The School provides world-class training for geoscientific and geospatial careers through our industry-recognised teaching programs, and undertakes fundamental and applied research into the past, present and future of our planet and solar system.

In the latest Excellence in Research for Australia assessment, we received the highest possible ranking for our research in geology and geochemistry.

With an impressive suite of facilities and expertise, and a range of funding from academic and industry sources, we undertake research projects all over the world in most fields of geoscience.

Curtin University has established itself among the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2020 and QS World University Rankings 2021). Geoscience at Curtin University ranks in the Global Top 50.

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Centre for Exploration Geophysics

The Exploration Geophysics team at Curtin University specialises in developing geophysical technologies for subsurface characterisation and monitoring, focusing on CO2 geosequestration, groundwater management, and environmental and energy applications.

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Your new role

In this role you will contribute to several collaborative projects between Curtin University, industry and research partners. You will primarily contribute to research-based activities, including development of new data analysis algorithms, processing and analysis of field data, and participation in the fieldwork.

In this role you will:
  • Conduct high-quality research in applications of the distributed fibre optic sensing in close collaboration with other team members.
  • Develop algorithms for automated data analysis of data obtained using fibre optic technology.
  • Contribute to planning, design and implementation of field experiments to collect high quality data for research projects utilising fibre optic sensors and other geophysical equipment.
  • Process surface and borehole seismic data recorded using fibre optic sensors as well as conventional receivers.
  • Report on the research progress and outcomes to research partners and geophysical community through research reports, journal papers and conference presentations
  • Participate in collaborative activities with professional bodies, industry partners, affiliated associations and the wider community.

You will require current work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role.

Only in limited situations will visa sponsorship situations be considered.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact

Konstantin Tertyshnikov, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Exploration Geophysics, School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering

About us

Curtin University offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements and superannuation, flexible working arrangements, and salary-packaging. Our vibrant campus includes an art gallery, gym, childcare and medical centre, and endless food options including a supermarket.

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Join us!

Please provide a cover letter, your CV and separate document addressing the selection criteria (noted below) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

Selection criteria:

  • A doctoral qualification (or near completion) in geophysics or a related area.
  • Proficient programming skills using MATLAB and Python.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of algorithms for automated seismic data processing and analysis, including downhole geometries.
  • Demonstrate strong IT skills.
  • Experience in downhole seismic data acquisition and analysis, hands-on field skills operating surface and downhole sources and receivers.
  • Demonstrate experience in designing and implementing geophysical surveys (including but not limited to seismic surveys with fibre optic sensors).
  • Demonstrate technical knowledge of principles of distributed fibre optic sensing technology, including both basic theory and hands-on skills operating interrogators for DAS and DTS as well as handling the fibre.
  • A track record in scientific publications and presentations in the field of distributed fibre optic sensing in geophysical, environmental and/or engineering applications.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team. 

To view a copy of the generic Academic Role Statement, please copy and paste the following link into your web browser.
Applications close: Thursday 6th April 2023, 9pm AWST 

Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, undergo character, integrity, and reference checks. Please note that this position may be subject to a WA state government vaccination mandate. If requested, you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status prior to employment.  

If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1).

Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.
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