Researcher in Physical Sciences
University of Adelaide School of Physical Sciences

ARC Grant-Funded Researcher (A) - School of Physical Sciences

Job no: 504228

Work type: Fixed term - Full-time

Campus: Adelaide

Categories: Faculty of Sciences, Level A

(Level A) $88,286 per annum plus an employer contribution of 9.5% superannuation will apply

Fixed term, full time position available from July 2020 for 2.5 years

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to contribute to an ARC funded project on past climate variability in East Asia, using lake sediments from Japan

The project involves collaboration with an international network of researchers, working particularly closely with researchers in Japan and the UK. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain strong communication with these partners, including visit(s) to Japan for field and laboratory sampling. The project will also involve at least two PhD and two Honours students, and the successful candidate will be encouraged to co-supervise those students.

The position will entail preparation and analysis of oxygen isotopes from three different sedimentary materials: biogenic silica, cellulose and siderite, using established and newly installed isotope mass spectrometry facilities at the University of Adelaide. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to undertake numerical analysis of this data, interpret it in the context of past monsoonal climate variability and publish the work in a timely fashion.

This position would suit a motivated, ambitious and independent early career researcher who will bring new ideas and experience to the project team. Prior experience of laboratory intensive research involving mass spectrometry and lake sediments will be essential.

To be successful you will need:

  • PhD or equivalent in an area of Earth Sciences
  • Demonstrated track record in the field of lake sediment Quaternary palaeoclimatology, including interpretation of lake sedimentology, geochronology, geochemistry and stable isotope data
  • Specific experience in the use of oxygen isotope geochemistry of lake sediments to infer past climates and hydrology
  • Hands on laboratory experience and expertise in mass spectrometry techniques and associated sample preparation
  • Experience in working as part of large international collaborative lake drilling projects, e.g. ICDP or similar

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity. We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills of our staff.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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Your faculty's broader role

The Faculty of Sciences is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research in: agriculture; food and wine; animal and veterinary sciences; biological sciences; and physical sciences. It develops future science leaders, and actively partners with innovative industries to solve scientific problems of global significance.

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Click on the 'Apply Now' button to be taken through to our online application form. Please ensure you address and upload your responses to all of the selection criteria. Applications close 11:55pm, 20 June 2020.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Dr Jonathan Tyler
Senior Lecturer, School of Physical Sciences
P: +61 (8) 8313 2810

For a confidential discussion regarding the recruitment this position, contact:

Michelle Carter
HR Coordinator, Faculty of Sciences
P: +61 (8) 8313 9271

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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Advertised: 22 May 2020 12:00 AM

Applications close:20 Jun 2020 11:55 PM

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