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Research Assistant

Apply now Job No:513137
Area:Faculty of Science
Salary (FTE):Research Professional Level 06 ($80,784.26 - $86,768.42)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

School of Earth and Environmental Science, Faculty of Science

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) is part of the UQ Faculty of Science and currently has 104 academic staff, and 31 professional and technical staff and over 1,120 equivalent full-time students.

The School’s extensive teaching and research activities span the fields of geology, human and physical geography, environmental science and management, biodiversity conservation, geospatial science and remote sensing, mineral resources, palaeontology, geophysics, occupational health and safety sciences, and urban and regional planning. SEES teaches into a diverse range of programs for undergraduate, honours and postgraduate coursework students, and higher degree by research programs.

The School has a vibrant, multidisciplinary research profile and enjoys consistent success in securing nationally competitive grants, industry funding, publishing numerous papers in high-quality international journals as well as having an important influence in areas related to government policy and industry practice.

For more information, visit the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences website:

About This Opportunity

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences seeks a Research Assistant with expertise in Igneous Petrology/Geochemistry, to develop in situ Sr-isotope analysis by laser ablation multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-MC-ICP-MS) at the Radiogenic Isotope Facility (UQ-RIF lab).

The role will support the Foundation Research Excellence Award (UQ-FREA) research project ‘Understanding volcanic eruption triggers: a new geochemical approach’ awarded to Dr Teresa Ubide. The primary role is to optimise the analysis of Sr-isotope variations at the mineral scale and investigate isotope evidence of magmatic processes prior to eruption.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

We seek an enthusiastic and motivated individual to undertake this project within the magmatic petrology research team led by Dr Teresa Ubide at The University of Queensland. The applicant should have an Honours degree in Earth Sciences or related field, with demonstrated expertise in Igneous Petrology/Geochemistry, and the ability to work independently preparing and analysing samples and interpreting geochemical data. The successful applicant will have good laboratory and record keeping skills, data analysis and interpretation, and the ability to write scientific journal articles. The applicants should have an interest in in situ geochemistry of magmatic minerals and willingness to develop geochemical protocols for isotope analysis via LA-MC-ICP-MS.

You must have ongoing unrestricted work rights in Australia to apply for this opportunity.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position for up to 6 months with a possibility of extension at HEW level 6.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $80,784 - $86,768, plus super of up to 17% and recreation leave loading of 17.5%.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File PD - Research Assistant - 513137.pdf

Our Selection Process

Please note that Panel Interviews have been scheduled for late March 2021 at The University of Queensland's St Lucia campus.

The University of Queensland is committed to ensuring all candidates are provided with the opportunity to attend the panel interviews, however, for those candidates who are unable to attend in person, video interview options will be available. 


To discuss this role please contact Dr Teresa Ubide:

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter addressing selection criteria
  • Resume

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.


Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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