- Do you have a PhD in Geophysics, Mathematical Geosciences, Geostatistics, Applied Statistics, or Applied Mathematics?
- Conduct research to progress our understanding of the controls on mineral systems
- Join the CSIRO Minerals Resources Team for this exciting postdoctoral opportunity centred around a close collaboration between CSIRO, Geoscience Australia and MinexCRC
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.
The CERC Fellow will conduct research anticipated to be centred around developing and deploying state of the art statistical methods (informed from fields including Bayesian geophysical inversion, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and/or geostatistics) to enhance the predictive power of prospectivity mapping. This will require, for example, the integration of a wide range of geoscience datasets and the development of novel methods for feature extraction. The first phase of the project will focus on geophysical data and products, but will later shift towards exploring avenues to harness the information contained in geological, geochemical and geochronological datasets.
The position will also provide the CERC Fellow with an opportunity to establish collaborative links with Exploring for the Future. The Australian Government’s $225 million Exploring for the Future program led by Geoscience Australia (GA) is committed to supporting a strong economy, resilient society and sustainable environment for the benefit of Australians (https://www.ga.gov.au/eftf). At its heart, the program is about stimulating industry now to ensure a sustainable, long-term future for Australia through an improved understanding of the nation’s minerals, energy and groundwater resource potential. By gathering and analysing geological and geophysical data and making the results publicly available, the program supports regional development and informed decision making across Australia, resulting in jobs and growth. The delivery of pre-competitive geoscience datasets for resource exploration by government to the mineral exploration industry has been shown to support the discovery of economically significant mineralisation such as the Julimar Nickel-PGE project and the Lake Wells potash deposit, both of which are in Western Australia (http://pid.geoscience.gov.au/dataset/ga/145195).