Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Structural Imaging - CSIRO - ResearchCareer

First listed on: 18 April 2019

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Structural Imaging

The Opportunity

  • Develop innovative concepts and tools to image Earth's structure and its resources.
  • Launch your professional career in a collaborative multi-disciplinary science environment.
  • Pursue strategic research at CSIRO, Australia's leading science and technology organisation.

Australia’s future mineral, energy and water resources will come from greater depths in the onshore regions and from deep offshore plays. Our ability to find, define and exploit mineral resources is limited by a deep and complex regolith that covers about 80% of the Australian land mass. Undiscovered conventional oil and gas lies in deeper or more subtle traps, or is being sourced from unconventional sources onshore that require new geophysical methods to quantify. The science of Deep Earth Imaging will help us to more precisely image and understand the significance of subsurface rock properties, which in turn will unlock the resource potential of this vast and relatively under-explored continent.

As a part of this effort, we seek an outstanding early career researcher with experience in travel time tomography for structural imaging given wide angle reflection and refraction seismic data. We are particularly interested in previous experience with developing inversion techniques that combine model inference with arrival identification. The primary research will focus on recovering the architectural elements of mineral systems, with a secondary focus on groundwater system modelling and management, and hydrocarbon exploration.

Your duties will include

  • Under the direction of a senior research scientist, the successful candidate will conduct innovative research aligned with the goals of Deep Earth Imaging that ideally lead to novel and important scientific outcomes around:
  • Velocity model building for the upper crust from active seismic data.
  • Joint approaches for arrival identification and model inference.
  • Engage and collaborate with the seismic community in Australia and overseas.
  • Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and intellectual property.

Location: Kensington, WA
Salary: AU$83,687 - AU$94,679 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: specified term of 12 months
Reference: 61385

To be successful you will need

  • A doctorate in mathematical geophysics or relevant discipline with a proven ability to implement approaches to image structure.

Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years of relevant postdoctoral experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in approaches to seismic imaging that combine data processing and model inference.
  • Proven experience with imaging structure given different geophysical datasets particularly potential field data.
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in scientific programming.
  • High quality written and oral communication skills achieved through high-level reporting, publication, and presentation.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary research team.
  • Motivation and self-discipline to conduct independent research.
  • A proven track record of science innovation and creativity with the ability and willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigation.

For details about who to contact and for more information please view the Position Description

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Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment.

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Applications Close

Thursday May 16th, 2019