TWO fully funded PhD Scholarships available in Earth Sciences, Australia

Interested in delving into deep time to discover how our planet`s crust formed? We are seeking candidates for TWO fully-funded PhD student scholarships: one at the School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Curtin University (Perth) and one at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Adelaide. The scholarships are funded as part of a prestigious Australian Research Council Discovery project that aims to develop the mineral apatite as a probe of crustal evolution.

Applications are invited for the following topics:

Perth project: Crustal evolution tracked using isotopic signatures in apatite . This project will involve both laboratory and field aspects. The work will date apatite and then constrain its Nd and Sr isotopic signature, as a means of tracking crustal growth. A range of case studies locations in different geological settings through Earth history will be investigated including localities in Australia, Greenland, Norway, Ireland and the UK.

Adelaide project: Apatite as a vector for mineralization and mineral preservation. This project will evaluate the geochemical `durability` of apatite and use thermochronology to characterize the crustal exhumation level of exploration prospects. In more detail, the project involves fission track and U-Pb thermochronology as well as trace element and Sr-Nd geochemical characterization of legacy and new sample material from Australia (and potentially from Antarctica). This project is also affiliated with https://minexcrc.com.au/.

Both departments in Adelaide and Curtin are research-intensive with excellent national and international reputations in the field of Earth Sciences (both achieved the maximum ranking of 5 for Earth Science and sub-disciplines Geology and Geochemistry in the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia assessment). Students will receive full training in relevant analytical techniques, using state-of-the-art instrumentation.

The successful candidates will be self-reliant, have excellent communication skills, have a demonstrated background and interest in geochronology, thermochronology and/or geochemistry and proven ability in dissemination of scientific results.

Questions can be directed via email to Stijn Glorie (stijn.glorie@adelaide.edu.au) or Chris Kirkland (c.kirkland@curtin.edu.au) with the subject line: "Apatite PhD".

To apply, please send a CV and a brief letter explaining your research interests and preferred choice of project (including some rationale for that choice) and contact details of three referees in a SINGLE PDF (maximum 6 pages of A4) to Stijn Glorie (stijn.glorie@adelaide.edu.au) titled with your surname and "Apatite PhD application".

The closing date is Sunday 14 June, 2020. The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, and the preferred candidates identified, in late June, if possible. The start time is flexible before 31/12/2020.

Eligibility requirements (please address in your letter):

posted: 11 May 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.