Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Curtin University Research Fellowships - Department of Applied Geology Expressions of Interest

The Curtin Research Fellowship scheme aims to attract high quality postdoctoral researchers with excellent potential for providing future academic and research leadership at the University. It is highly competitive and, in providing postdoctoral salaries for 4 years, continues to be amongst the most prestigious fellowship schemes in Australia.
The call for applications in 2013, for commencement in 2014, will comprise two schemes: 1) Early Career Researcher Fellowship: suitably qualified applicants who received their PhD within the last five years. 2) Senior Research Fellowship: suitably qualified applicants with more than five years post-doctoral experience. Information about the 2013 scheme is yet to be released, but 2012 information can be found at http://research.curtin.edu.au/research-funding/fellowships.cfm
The Department of Applied Geology at Curtin University, Perth, is one of Australia’s leading institutes for geoscience research and has an international reputation for quality research and extensive research infrastructure (http://geology.curtin.edu.au/). The department is currently seeking Expressions of Interest (EoIs) from researchers interested in applying for the forthcoming round of Curtin Research Fellowships. EoIs are sought from postdoctoral candidates that have outstanding research track records relative to opportunity. These EoIs will be used to identify candidates that are suitably qualified to be competitive within the Fellowship scheme. These candidates will be supported by the department and invited to develop a full application for a Curtin Research Fellowship for submission around early September 2013. Applicants invited to go to full application will be assigned a mentor from the department to assist in the development of the full application.  
To be competitive all potential applicants should aim to meet the following criteria, though assessment will be evaluated relative to opportunity:
·       A PhD in an appropriate discipline of Geology, Geophysics or Geochemistry.
·       Demonstrated ability to develop and manage a research portfolio including the accurate and timely delivery of research outputs.
·       Evidence of ability to attract research funding via Nationally Competitive funding schemes.
·       Proven ability to work effectively and collegially in a team environment.
·       Proven effective oral and written communication skills.

The position is full time Academic. Salaries start at level ALB – 82,979 $AU/yr (Research Fellow) or ALC – 101,647 $AU/yr (Senior Research Fellow). Benefits include 17% employer superannuation contribution. At the end of their four-year term, past Curtin Fellows in the Department of Applied Geology have enjoyed a high conversion rate to a continuing Faculty position.  Selection is subject to performance review and budgetary constraints.

EOI submission details
EOIs should include a CV (including PhD completion date), publication list and a 1 page statement on the research direction that will be followed in the full application. Submissions should be sent to Dr. Fred Jourdan (F.Jourdan@curtin.edu.au) by 14th June 2013. Shortlisting of EoIs will be undertaken in mid June with a likely Curtin Fellowship final submission deadline of early August 2013.

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