Job vacancy: Research Associate / Research Fellow (Chemical And Palaeoceanography), University of Western Australia

Closing date for applications: Friday, 29 January 2016!

  • 3 year appointment
  • Minimum commencing salary for PhD is $88,520 p.a. or Level B $93,182 – $110,654 p.a.

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top Australian universities and a member of the prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities ranked among the top 100 universities in the world.

We invite a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to undertake cutting-edge research in the area of chemical oceanography/palaeoceanography within the Centre, working under the general guidance of ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Malcolm McCulloch.

The Research Fellow will develop an innovative research program and foster research excellence within the ARC Centre in the area of coral reef studies that contributes to the general theme of the Centre: Responding to a Changing World. We are seeking a person with high-level expertise who can take a leading role in developing and utilising state-of-the-art in-situ laser ablation geochemical facilities to better understand how global warming and ocean acidification will impact both deep-sea and shallow water coral reef systems.

The research will address fundamental questions related to CO2 driven climate change and how the combined forces of global warming and ocean acidification will influence key processes underpinning coral reef resilience and bio-calcification generally. Topics of interest include coral calcification, bio-calcification systems as geochemical archives of climate change and the capacity of both shallow and deep-sea calcifying systems to adapt to rapidly changing environmental conditions.

Expertise in in-situ geochemical (isotopic, trace element) analyses of bio-calcifiers is essential, together with a proven capacity to undertake and publish high-quality, internationally recognised research. Successful applicants will be expected to develop their own research projects, exploit the world-leading capabilities at UWA, as well as work in collaboration with existing teams.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • PhD in Geochemistry and/or Palaeoceanography/Oceanography or a related discipline.
  • An exceptional track-record in the development and application of in-situ geochemical (trace element and/or isotopic) methods as applied to climate and environmental change, bio-calcification, or marine systems generally.
  • Excellent publication record relative to career stage.
  • Established national and international links with appropriate research organisations and personnel
  • Effective inter-personal and communication skills

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Applications must be submitted online. Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria.

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