First listed on: 06 April 2020

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Structural Geology - Deep Earth Imaging Future Science Platform 

The Opportunity
  • Immerse Yourself in an Inclusive Culture
  • Use your Skills and Make an Impact on CSIROs Mineral Resources!
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's Premier Science and Technology Research Organisation

CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.

As a member of a growing, world-leading team of 25 researchers, the Postdoctoral Fellow will develop geostatistical techniques to characterize and simulate natural fault and fracture systems in 2D and 3D. This will be followed by the development of new approaches to numerically simulate fluid flow through faults and fractures to examine the effects structural features have on fluid migration. The primary research will focus on mineral systems, with a secondary focus on groundwater system modelling and management, and hydrocarbon exploration.

Your duties will include:
  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance aligned with the goals of Deep Earth Imaging that ideally lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Recognising and exploiting opportunities for innovation and the generation of new theoretical perspectives, and progressing opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research.
  • Utilising design thinking methodology to plan and prepare research proposals, and applying non-academic impact methodology to research projects.
  • Carrying out research investigations requiring originality, creativity and innovation.
  • Undertaking regular reviews of relevant literature and intellectual property.
  • Producing quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals, presentation to clients, and/or applications for patents.
  • Preparing and presenting conference papers.
  • Contributing to the effective functioning of the Deep Earth Imaging research team and helping to deliver to CSIRO’s organisational objectives, plans and strategies.
  • Working collaboratively within the Deep Earth Imaging team, the Minerals, Energy, Data61, and Land and Water Business Units or other CSIRO Business Units as required.

Location: Kensington, WA
Salary: AU$83k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified Term until the 21st of June, 2021
Reference: 66550

To be considered you will need:
  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as structural geology with a focus on numerical simulations.

Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 5 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.

  • Exposure to a wide range of geostatistical approaches to simulating lithology, faults and property fields.
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in scientific programming.
  • Established professional network in Australia and overseas.
  • Evidence of high quality written and oral communication skills achieved through high-level reporting, publications, and presentations.
  • 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.
  • A sound history of publication in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

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

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

02 May 2020, 11:00pm AEST

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