First listed on: 03 May 2019

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Hydrogeodesy - Deep Earth Imaging Future Science Platform 

The Opportunity

  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO.
  • Prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship on offer - kick-start your research career
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science & technology research organisation!

Australia’s future minerals, 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 else is sourced from unconventional sources onshore that require new geophysical methods to quantify.  The science of Deep Earth Imaging will help us 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. 

The primary research will focus on groundwater system characterization, with a secondary focus on groundwater system monitoring. As a part of this effort, you will have a background in Hydrogeodesy with significant experience in hydrogeological applications of Synthetic Aperture Radar and GRACE as a member of a growing, world-leading team of 25 researchers. 

Your duties will include

  • Develop approaches for processing and interpretation of Interferometric SAR and GRACE data for regional scale hydrogeological characterisation.
  • Develop strategies to use existing and future space-borne data for groundwater storage monitoring.
  • Engage and collaborate with InSAR and GRACE community in Australia and overseas.
  • Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and intellectual property. 

Location:        Adelaide, South Australia
Tenure:          Specified term ending 14th June 2021 
Salary:           AU$83K – AU$94K + up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:    61602

To be successful you will need

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all selection criteria can be appointed.

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as earth sciences, environmental engineering, remote sensing or hydrology. 
    • Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 4 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in processing and integrating InSAR and GRACE data for hydrogeological characterisation and monitoring.
  • Demonstrated engagement with international and Australian hydrogeodesic community.
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in scientific programming.
  • Evidence of high quality written and oral communication skills achieved through high-level reporting, publication, and presentation.
  • Evidence ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, research team.
  • Motivation and self-discipline to conduct independent research.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity with the ability and willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigation.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including publishing in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, and presenting at national and/or international conferences.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

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

Sunday, 2nd June, 2019

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