Research Associate in Data and Geochemical Development
Macquarie University, ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems

Research Associate - TerraneChron® Data and Geochemical Development Scientist


Job no: 506935

Work type: Full Time

Vacancy type: Internal Vacancy, External Vacancy

Categories: Academic - Research Only / Fellowship

  • Salary Package: Level A, Step 6 (PhD)from $91,991 - $98,588 p.a., plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Appointment Type: Full-time, 2 years fixed term
  • Macquarie University (North Ryde) location


The ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems (CCFS) is a world class research hub for multidisciplinary studies of Earth's coupled solid and fluid systems.  Macquarie University is the administering institution for the three Australian nodes including University of Western Australia and Curtin University with the Geological Survey of Western Australia as a national partner, and four international partner institutions.  The overarching goal of CCFS is to understand Earth's internal dynamics, evolution and fluid cycles from core to crust. CCFS multiplies the capabilities of three national centres of research excellence in Earth and Planetary Sciences.


MQ Geoanalytical is a leading facility with a concentration of world-class instrumentation and geochemical laboratories ( it provides analytical facilities for research projects funded by the Australian Research Council, other government grants and industry collaborations, and is one of three national geochemical nodes for the NCRIS AuScope Capability.  MQ Geoanalytical attracts a large number of national and international researchers annually as well as providing geochemical analytical support for all staff, postgraduates and senior undergraduates across Macquarie University.


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The Role

We are seeking a suitably qualified Research Associate to join a team with an international reputation for producing high quality research in Earth and Planetary Sciences. You will undertake research related to the AuScope Geochemistry Laboratory Network at Macquarie. As the Data and Geochemical Development Scientist, you will be responsible for organizing laboratory data collections, working with the AuScope Virtual Research Environment (AVRE) team to publish in the AuScope Discovery Portal. You will engage with NCRIS ARDC (The Australian Research Data Commons) to ensure systematic sample documentation to enable accessibility of AuScope data sets, and participate in related geochemical analytical initiatives and delivery at the Macquarie AuScope node.  You will also undertake high-quality research related to Earth’s mantle and crustal rocks and their microstructures, detrital heavy mineral concentrates for isotopic mapping, zircon geochronology, and development of geochronology potential of other accessory minerals in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems and GEMOC. You will also provide support for entrepreneurial activities to attract additional industry and/or other stakeholders and collaborators. 


Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position applications must respond to the selection criteria below and attach as a separate document in the application process with their curriculum vitae.



  • PhD in a relevant field of geology or geochemistry or equivalent
  • Experience in Earth’s crust/mantle-petrology research and advanced sample preparation
  • Experience in undertaking isotopic analysis by LA-ICPMS and LA-MC-ICPMS
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and interpret complex geochemical datasets and publish leading-edge research
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake development of new geochronologic in situ techniques and applications
  • Demonstrated ability to provide results to external research collaborators such as for TerraneChron®, working to schedule and successful project management
  • Demonstrated capacity for productive scientific research relative to career stage
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and contribute positively to an active work milieu


  • Experience in daily operating procedures and trouble-shooting for at least one of the following instrumental systems: LA-ICPMS and LA-MC-ICPMS
  • Experience in managing large datasets and using data management platforms
  • Experience in interaction with external collaborators for geochronology projects.
  • Experience in fieldwork for relevant sample collection (e.g. detrital heavy minerals concentrates) in remote terrains.

Specific Role Enquiries:  Professor Sue O’Reilly, Director, ARC CCFS at 


Applications Close:  Sunday 26th January 2020 at 11:55pm


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Advertised: 16 Dec 2019 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: 26 Jan 2020 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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