Research Associate/Fellow - Full time

ALA/ALB.1 - $
71,230-$ 101,079 plus 9.5% superannuation
Fixed Term contract – 18 months

The Curtin University Oil and Gas Innovation Centre
Established in 2017, the Curtin University Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (CUOGIC - brings multi-disciplinary research and development expertise to the oil and gas industry, and to the energy sector in general.
COUGIC is seeking a research associate with a marine/aquatic ecotoxicology background to play an integral role in the delivery of a risk-based marine impact assessment of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) from decommissioned offshore oil and gas infrastructure. This research programme is one of a number projects executed for, and on behalf of, the National Decommissioning Research Initiative (NDRI within National Energy Resources Australia (NERA NERA is one of 6 growth centres funded by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

The CUOGIC led project is a collaboration with the University of Aberdeen, who are focussing on the marine impact assessment from Mercury (Hg), so the successful candidate will be joining a multi-disciplined team spanning the UK, Spain and Australia with expertise in environmental analytical chemistry, environmental impact assessment, NORM risk assessment and aquatic ecotoxicology.

Duties include:

The successful candidate would contribute their expertise to the review and interpretation of existing public domain and confidential industry data characterising the concentration and quantity of NORM in oil and gas infrastructure (i.e. NORM/LSA scales) and the radiological risk modelling to marine biota using the ERICA tool. It is anticipated there will be gaps in the published/industry data on the likely bio receptors of interest and their response to NORM species and concentrations. A material contribution is also expected in the development of a risk framework for the combined impact assessment of NORM and Hg to marine biota in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen and other research team specialists.

Experience required:

  • Doctoral qualifications and a published record in aquatic ecotoxicology are preferred for this role or a current post graduate working towards this level of qualification.
  • Specific experience working with NORMs is preferable although not essential.
  • Experience with the development of environmental risk frameworks is desirable.
  • Specialisation in marine ecology, radioecology, field/analytical experience or dose modelling (e.g. ERICA), in any of the disciplines or subject area (to a bachelor degree level), would also be considered desirable.
  • Emerging research track record/potential to conduct quality research and contribute productively to research teams under supervision.

Why choose Curtin

  • Easily accessible location with great parking, bus station and end of trip facilities
  • State of the art offices and agile working environment
  • A vibrant campus with gym, child care, wellness programs, medical and counselling services.
  • Flexible work day with a highly ranked child care facility on-site
  • A flexible benefits package with excellent superannuation provisions

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Next steps

Please apply on-line with a cover letter, resume and a separate document addressing the selection criteria (marked under “experience required”) to enable us to assess your suitability for the role.

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Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.

21/07/2020 $0 Perth 1 Mining, Resources & Energy
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