Research Fellow in Experimental Petrology

Monash University School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment


Research Fellow

Job No.: 613432

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: Fixed-term appointment until 15 October 2021

Remuneration: $69,401 - $94,190 pa Level A (plus 9.5% employer superannuation)

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Everyone needs a platform to launch a satisfying career. At Monash, we give you the space and support to take your career in all kinds of exciting new directions. You’ll have access to quality research, infrastructure and learning facilities, opportunities to collaborate internationally, as well as the grants you’ll need to publish your work. We’re a university full of energetic and enthusiastic minds, driven to challenge what’s expected, expand what we know, and learn from other inspiring, empowering thinkers.

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The Opportunity: 

The School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment (SEAE) at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, is looking for one fixed-term Research Fellow in the field of Experimental Petrology. The postdoc position (1-year duration, with the possibility of extension by 1 year) will be part of a dynamic research group led by Associate Professor Andy Tomkins that aims to investigate melting related to metasomatic processes in subduction zones and the overlying mantle wedge.

We are looking for a highly motivated, ambitious and skilled researcher capable of conducting independent research, co-supervising graduate students as part of a team, and managing the safe operation of a high pressure experimental petrology laboratory.

The successful candidate will have the following:

  • A PhD in experimental petrology/geochemistry
  • Published research in the following areas: experimental petrology/geochemistry, behaviour of volatiles and low-degree melts in the upper mantle, and mantle petrology
  • Demonstrated experience designing, performing and analysing piston-cylinder experiments
  • Experience in day-to-day management of a piston-cylinder laboratory including commissioning, calibration, maintenance and operation of piston cylinder apparatus, and experience in purchasing and working with vendors in the design and procurement of custom parts and equipment
  • Experience in training of laboratory users in preparation and safe performance of piston cylinder experiments, and application of analytical methods such as SEM-EDS, EPMA, FTIR, LA-ICPMS and Raman to experimental run products

This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

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Associate Professor Andy Tomkins,

Position Description

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Closing Date

Tuesday 27 April 2021, 11:55 pm AEST 

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