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CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational Geochemistry


The Opportunity Do you have a PhD in Geochemistry, Chemistry, Physics or Material Science? Help discover new resources of critical minerals and improve mining and extraction technologies Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation 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. Population growth and technological progress are driving the global demand for mineral resources.

Critical metals, such as Rare Earth Elements, are vital to rapidly developing modern transportation technologies, low-carbon energy, and environmental innovations. To discover new resources of critical minerals and improve mining and extraction technologies, we require a fundamental understanding of the geological, chemical and physical processes that form ore deposits. This project will use a novel combination of computational geochemistry and data science approaches to address fundamental questions of critical metal solubility, transport and partitioning in mineral systems.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will have the opportunity and freedom to develop this highly inter-disciplinary approach, develop applications for new critical metal geochemistry in exploration and mineral processing models, and engage with other researchers across CSIRO Mineral Resources Discovery and Processing program to build network inside CSIRO. Your duties will include: Conduct molecular simulations of critical metal speciation in geo-fluids using computational chemistry packages Combine geochemical modelling with data science (i.e.

, machine learning) to interpret large geochemical datasets Calculate thermodynamic properties of critical metals in minerals and fluids to incorporate in a thermodynamic database Perform thermodynamic modelling of critical metal transport during ore formation and hydrometallurgical processes Carry out research investigations requiring originality, creativity and innovation Location: Kensington (Perth), Western Australia Salary: AU$88k - AU$96k plus up to 15.4% superannuation Tenure: Specified term of 3 years Reference: 75621 To be considered you will need: A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Geochemistry, Chemistry, Physics or Material Science with a focus on molecular simulations. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.

Demonstrated experience in applying molecular modelling approaches to solve applied problems in for example geochemistry, chemistry, material or environmental sciences. Demonstrated knowledge in thermodynamics and geochemical modelling, especially applying in ore forming systems High level written and oral com.


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