Research Associate in Earth and Environmental Sciences

University of Queensland School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Research Associate

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Area:Faculty of Science
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($70,729.75 - $94,637.91)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences delivers practical solutions to the complex issues that affect our physical environment and how we interact with it. Our interconnected teams of earth scientists, physical and social scientists, environmental management specialists, health and safety experts, and urban planners work together to address the increasingly critical global challenges of a growing population, climate change, urbanisation, food security, conservation and natural resource management. Researchers, teachers and students from around the world are drawn to our vibrant academic environment at UQ’s stunning St Lucia campus. We house world-class research facilities and have access to unique fieldwork locations in Australia and abroad. UQ’s research excellence in earth and environmental sciences is world renowned, and is reflected by our consistent high ranking in respected global league tables. The School also has an excellent success rate in nationally competitive grants and a strong record of high quality publications.

The role

The successful applicant will take a leading role in an Australian Research Council industry sponsored program of research to reconstruct the palaeo-environment of the Kimberley region of northwest Australia. Throughout your appointment you will be expected to actively engage with other researchers including research degree students working on the research project. Your key responsibilties will be to plan and coordinate fieldwork including logistics, obtaining permissions and/or permits to access field sites, and engagement with local communities and other research programs in the Kimberley. You will coordinate and lead collection and analysis of paleo-environmental archives including sediments collected from swamps and lakes to develop a regional paleo-environmental record for the Kimberley. You will work with numerical modellers to integrate understanding of the Kimberley’s paleo-environment  with numerically modelled paleo-climate surfaces for the Kimberley. You will have responsibility for publishing results in leading peer reviewed journals and will present research findings to industry partners and stakeholders in the wider community.  

The person

Applicants should possess a PhD in Physical Geography, Geology, Environmental Science or related discipline.  You should have demonstrated experience in the area of paleoclimate/paleo-environment reconstruction using a diverse range of proxy data and dating of geologic archives. Applicants require the ability to establish effective relationships and to work collaboratively with stakeholders. 

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.  

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This is a full-time fixed term appointment at Academic level A, commencing April 2021 (preferred). The appointment is until March 2022, with the possibility of an extension. The remuneration package will be in the range of $70,729 to $94,637 plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $82,752 to $110,725).

The University of Queensland also offers other competitive options including salary sacrificing, on campus childcare, leave packaging and discounted private health insurance as well as many other benefits.

Position Description

Download File 507493_3020963 Research Associate.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Prof Hamish McGowan on +61 7 3365 6651 or

To Apply

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and Selection Criteria responses.

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You must have valid Australian work rights to apply for this role.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Advertised: 12 Feb 2021

Applications close: 14 Mar 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time