Scientific Officer - School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Aug 06, 2018
Aug 20, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) 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 which include a state-of-art planning studio, GIS computer laboratories, sample preparation facilities and a complex analytical infrastructure consisting of trace element, radiogenic and stable isotope geochemistry, radiogenic and noble gas geochronology, coal petrology and organic geochemistry, geomicrobiology and fluid inclusion facilities. 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 appointee will be responsible for sample preparation, column chemistry and performance of low-level, high-precision trace element, radiogenic and metal stable isotope analyses using mass spectrometers housed in the Radiogenic Isotope Facility (RIF), part of the Centre for Geoanalytical Mass Spectrometry (CGMS) in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, which include two Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometers (ICP-MS), two Multi-Collector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometers (MC-ICP-MS) and ASI RESOlution SE laser systems for in situ high-spatial resolution isotope and elemental analysis when coupled with the ICP-MS machines. The position supports UQ staff and research higher degree students in trace element, radiogenic and metal stable isotope geochemistry and geochronology research projects and also undertakes work for external clients on a fee for service basis. 


The person

Applicants should possess qualifications in chemistry or geochemistry with subsequent relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant education/training. You should also have demonstrated knowledge of and experience in a HEPA-filtered ultra-clean geochemistry laboratory environment for sample preparation (including digestion using HF), column chemistry, low-level trace element geochemistry and high-precision radiogenic isotope analysis. Applicants must be able to operate and maintain Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometers (ICP-MS) and/or Multi Collector-Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometers (MC-ICP-MS)

A knowledge of software packages for system control and data manipulation and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and communicate with colleagues are also important.

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.  

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

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to the contact person listed in the job advertisement.



This is a full-time, fixed term two year appointment at HEW Level 6. The remuneration package will be in the range $74,207 - $79,964 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $86,822 - $93,557 p.a.).


Position Description

 PD RIF Scientific Officer.pdf



To discuss this role please contact Prof Sue Golding on +61 7 3365 1159 or email

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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