CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Volatiles in Magmatic Ore Deposits

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Perth, Australia

Job posting number: #7075103 (Ref:cj_71344)

Posted: February 15, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Opportunity

  • Are you fascinated by volcanoes, magma and ore deposits?
  • Use your skills to research volatiles in melts
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & 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.


In this position you will undertake research in volatiles in magmatic ore deposits. You will have the opportunity to discover striking insights into critical metal ore formation and volcanic metal emissions, with direct applications for exploration models.

Your duties will include:

    • Carry out experimental work (if travel is permitted) on magma-fluid reaction experiments using specialised high-pressure vessels in the ISTO lab (Orleans, France, supervised by Dr. Iacono-Marziano).
    • Conduct detailed 2D/3D characterisation of experimental products and natural specimens.
    • Evaluate time-scales and length-scales of physicochemical processes at play: review literature, apply theoretical, fundamental physics and fluid dynamics to understanding transport mechanisms, surface tension effects, diffusion and heat transfer; and generate working hypotheses for further experimental testing.
    • Modify and apply computational fluid dynamic (CFD) particle codes to understanding behaviour of droplets and bubbles in magma-crystal mixtures, building on recent publications, further generation of working hypotheses to test with experiments.


Location:  Kensington WA
Salary:  AU$86k – AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years
Reference:  71344

To be considered you will need:

  • Demonstrated experience in igneous petrology and geochemistry.
  • Familiarity with at least three of the following techniques: SEM, TEM, XRF mapping, computed micro-tomography, Laser ablation ICP-MS, electron microprobe and ion probe technologies; computational fluid dynamic modelling.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  • A sound history of publication in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


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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

Monday 15 March 2021, 11:00 pm AEDT

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