First listed on: 17 September 2023

Basin Analyst - Sedimentologist


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The Opportunity

  • Are you interested in working in applied geosciences for mineral exploration?
  • Is your expertise in basin analysis, with a focus on sequence stratigraphy?
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier research organisation!

CSIRO’s Mineral Resources Discovery Program is seeking a Basin Analyst/Sedimentologist to join a motivated and innovative team based in Perth, WA. Our team is engaging with the mineral exploration industry to develop new techniques and knowledge in sediment-hosted mineral systems on a continental- to deposit scale, with a focus on minerals for the energy transition and sustainable prosperity from mineral resources.

As the Basin Analyst / Sedimentologist, you will be engaged in applied research involving the integration of sedimentological, mineralogical, geochemical, geochronological, structural, and geophysical data for basin analysis and characterisation of sediment-hosted metal resources. Your core activities will include continental and regional-scale basin analysis, particularly deciphering the sequence stratigraphic framework and depositional environments as part of the basin evolution. You will have an understanding of basin-scale geological processes associated with the formation and preservation of mineral deposits in sedimentary rocks.

Additionally, you will undertake field work and core logging, and learn new data acquisition, integration and processing methods that may include machine learning, coding, and stratigraphic forward modelling tools. We will provide you with on-the-job training as necessary, to maintain and expand on your skills, and you will have the opportunity to build networks, secure project funds, provide scientific leadership, and pursue new ideas that create new concepts.

CSIRO is also a member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot, holds Gold Employer Status through the AWEI (Australian Workplace Equality Index), which sets a comparative benchmark for LGBTIQ+ inclusion for employers across all sectors and is committed to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

Your duties will include:

  • Sedimentological logging of core for sequence stratigraphic interpretation and definition of facies association in various depositional environments.
  • Undertaking field work/mapping and integrate field/core studies with regional datasets (e.g., geophysics, geochemistry, tectonostratigraphy).
  • Integrating multi-source datasets to create higher-level geoscience products, e.g., 3D basin models, sedimentary facies maps and surfaces, stratigraphic forward models.
  • Producing high-quality technical reports and client presentations as well as scientific papers suitable for publication in peer-reviewed international journals, communicate research at national and international conferences.
  • Communicating research results to clients and the scientific community through oral and written reports, which may include the preparation of documents for patent applications.
  • Demonstrating a considerable degree of originality, creativity and innovation in solving problems and introducing new directions and approaches to mineral exploration in basin settings.
  • Other duties as directed.

Location: Perth (Kensington), WA
Salary: AU$105k - AU$114k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 94082

To be considered you will need:

  1. A PhD degree or equivalent applied research/industry experience in the field of geosciences and several years post-PhD experience or equivalent, as well as a record of high-quality reports and/or publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  2. Experience in the application of sedimentology and/or sequence stratigraphy towards basin analysis through lithological logging or mapping.
  3. Experience in at least one or more criteria including, 3D basin modelling, structural geology, diagenesis, geophysics, isotope geochemistry, geochronology, or stratigraphic forward modelling.
  4. Knowledge of one or more of the following software packages: GoCAD, Leapfrog 3D, ArcGIS, QGIS, Geosoft, or equivalents.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work within a multi-disciplinary research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research, to achieve organisational goals.


  1. Experience in Proterozoic deformed basins and orogenic belts.
  2. Experience in sediment-hosted mineral systems. 
  3. Experience in python coding. 

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term (visa sponsorship may be provided to eligible candidates).

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

16 October 2023, 11:00pm AEDT

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