Research Assistant/Research Associate - Hydrogeology

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

Casuarina NSW, Australia 🇦🇺

16-20-month fixed term, full time appointment (part time will be considered) 
Research Focused Academic Level A Salary $71,277 – $106,933
Plus 17% superannuation and 6 weeks annual leave
Casuarina Campus

Provide research assistance for an exciting Hydrostratigraphy Project at CDU

About the Position
As a Research Assistant/ Research Associate in Hydrogeology you will work as part of the ‘Western Davenport Hydrostratigraphy Project”, funded by the National Water Grid Authority, via the Northern Territory Government. The research undertaken through the project will utilise groundwater data including, but not limited to, groundwater levels, major ion chemistry and radioisotopes.

You will be involved in quantitative research through the collection of field data, the collation and preparation of pre-existing datasets, data analyses, and the management of project finance and where relevant, you will also contribute to the preparation of research reports and scientific manuscripts. 

About You
Depending on your experience you will be appointed as either a Research Assistant or a Research Associate

To be successful as a Research Assistant you will require:

  • Some experience with handling, analysis and interpretation of major ion chemistry and groundwater tracers (e.g., to estimate water sources, age/residence times)
  • Demonstrated ability to assist with the production of high-quality groundwater interpretations
  • Experience with computer scripting, or a willingness to learn
  • Demonstrated ability to produce scientific reports. 

To be successful as a Research Associate you will require:

  • Extensive experience with handling, analysis and interpretation of major ion chemistry and groundwater tracers (e.g., to estimate water sources, age/residence times)
  • Experience in remote area fieldwork, including the collection of water samples
    Demonstrated ability to produce high quality groundwater interpretations
  • Experience with computer scripting
  • Demonstrated ability to publish scientific research in international journals.

To view the responsibilities of the role, please click on the: Position Profile.

Appointment to this role will be at Research Focused Academic Level A and the base salary will be in the range of $71,277 to $106,933 per annum. The total remuneration package will be in the range of $83,394 to $125,111 per annum, including 17% superannuation.

What’s in it for you?

  • An employer who values your contribution to building a bigger, better and stronger university
  • Work with a University committed to changing people’s lives for the better through training, education and research
  • Opportunities for professional development, paid study and career progression
  • An enviable lifestyle in the spectacular Northern Territory 
  • 17% superannuation 
  •  Six weeks of paid annual leave 
  • Up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave (primary care giver), in addition to government payments (eligibility criteria apply)
  • Recognition of prior service with another Australian University / NT Government for Long Service Leave (recognition applied to qualifying period only)
  • Ability to negotiate transfer of leave entitlements under the Public Employment (Mobility) Act 1989
  • Free on-campus parking in designated areas
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Salary Packaging opportunities

How to Apply
All applications must be received online via the ‘apply’ button and should include your resume and a cover letter outlining your interest in the role and relevant skills and experience

For a confidential discussion about the position please contact Dylan Irvine on 08 8946 6762 or email [email protected] 

Adjustments can be made throughout the application and selection process, as well as during employment to support applicants and employees with disability. If you would like to discuss adjustments, please contact the Recruitment Team on 08 8946 6492 or email [email protected].

Diversity and Inclusion
At CDU we actively celebrate our diversity. We innovate, embrace new ideas, and act with courage and kindness. We’re about what we can give to the world rather than what we take, and we believe in the transformative power of education. We work hard to make sure every member of our University community feels they truly belong. Understanding that it is through our focus on our people and leveraging our differences that will make CDU the most connected university in Australia, we are striving to ensure that our culture and our community are inclusive of all our staff, students and visitors. We are committed to maintaining a culture where everyone feels respected, safe, encouraged to speak up and supported in achieving their professional goals. Applications from First Nations people, women at all levels, culturally and linguistically diverse people, people with disability, neurotypical and neurodiverse people, LGBTIQ+ people, people with family and caring responsibilities and people at all stages of their careers are welcomed.

You make CDU. And we want you to be exactly who you are.  

Applications Close: Thursday 28 September 2023 

Please note shortlisting for this role will take place as and when applications are received and the position may close earlier than advertised if a suitable applicant is found so please don’t delay to submit your application. 




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