EarthByte Basin GENESIS Hub – Research Assistant

The EarthByte group at the University of Sydney is looking for an enthusiastic research assistant as part of the Basin GENESIS Hub project. The position is covered by a casual contract of ~7 hours per week. The successful applicant is expected to complete those hours any time between 9 and 5:30 pm on weekdays (i.e., flexible schedule) at a workspace in the EarthByte corner of the Madsen building (main campus). The hourly rate is based on HEO 3 Step 1 (about $33 per hour) of the University’s Enterprise Bargaining Agreement. The contract would cover November 2018 to April 2019 (inclusive). The contract may be renewed depending on funding and performance.

The EarthByte group is a world leader in plate tectonics, geodynamics, geoscience eResearch and numerical simulations of global, regional and small-scale geological processes. The research assistant will be required to work independently and as part of a team to complete a variety of tasks related to the Basin GENESIS Hub project that include (but may not be limited to):

  • modifying and updating plate tectonic reconstructions in GPlates,
  • editing and generating geospatial/geological databases,
  • using and constructing Python-based workflows for geographic data processing,
  • managing geospatial data (georeferencing, digitizing, etc.), and
  • contributing to report- writing and documentation preparation.

The position is open to any geology/geophysics or similar candidates who are in their 2nd year of undergraduate study, or above. The applicant must have:

  • a solid understanding of geological principles,
  • preferable (but not essential) experience with geographic information systems (ArcGIS, QGIS, GPlates and/or similar),
  • well-developed computer skills,
  • excellent communication skills (e-mail, in-person, etc.), and
  • high level of motivation and must be well-organized.

To apply, please send a short CV/Resume, Academic Transcript, and a couple of paragraphs explaining why you would be suitable for the role in an e-mail (subject line: “EarthByte-BasinHub-RA-2018”) to Sabin Zahirovic ( by 5 pm, 15 October 2018. A number of applicants will be short-listed for interviews, which will be arranged in late October. E-mail Sabin if you have any questions about the role or application process.

For more information on the EarthByte group or the Basin GENESIS Hub, see the links below: and