Palaeo-Environmental Scientist (Water Resources)

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Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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  • Fixed-term, 3 years | Full Time | $82k - $92k +15.4% super
  • Contribute to world-class stakeholder-focused research in paleo and present-day water resources
  • Join a friendly and dedicated team of environmental scientists

About the position

The primary objective of the Palaeo-environmental Scientist is to undertake research in the specialist fields of isotope chemistry, isotope hydrology, environmental chemistry and soil science, which supports the research outcomes of the Environment Research Theme by providing experimental data, related chemical and isotopic analysis and sample characterisation information to speleothem and hydrology research projects aimed at a getting a better understanding of past and current changes in water resource availability in Australia.

The Palaeo-environmental Scientist reports to the Research Program Manager – Water Resources Sustainability in the NSTLI Environment Research Team.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Utilise specialised knowledge and expertise in isotope chemistry, environmental chemistry and soil science to undertake research and thereby contribute to the Environment Research Theme’s strategic research outcomes.
  • Plan, setup and complete experiments.  Provide experimental and analytical results, as well as assessment and interpretation of data.
  • Produce analytical reports in preparation for distribution to clients.
  • Ensure the ongoing quality of experimental results, including ensuring laboratory and field equipment is maintained and calibrated appropriately.

Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor degree in chemistry, environmental science or a closely related discipline.
  • Solid knowledge, experience and ability in performing independent palaeo-environmental research.
  • Experience in a laboratory, chemical analysis or science research environment.
  • Experience in undertaking laboratory or field studies of environmental systems.

“We are looking for a proactive, motivated and team-focussed scientist keen to work in a research environment that values diversity and engagement”

Cath Hughes, Research Program Manager – Water Resources Sustainability

For further technical information relating to this position please refer to the Position Information Package or contact Cath Hughes on (02) 9717 9366.  For all other queries please contact the HR Shared Services Team on +61 (02) 9717 9200 (press 3 for HR).

To be eligible for appointment, applicants will require a security and pre-employment medical assessment

Australian citizens preferred.

Applications must be submitted online.

 “In order to solve great challenges, we need great minds and great teams. At ANSTO, we understand that diverse teams produce better outcomes – and we value the merit that a diverse perspective can bring to our team. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, primary carers, those with a disability, and women in STEM. ANSTO is a charter member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative and is proudly taking action to create a gender-inclusive workforce.”

Applications close: 8 December 2019

Please click here to view the Position Information Package