The Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET) is a unique applied research enterprise, which takes up the challenge of increasing the discovery rate and quality in mineral exploration, without relying on substantial increases in exploration expenditure. The strength and experience of CET's team of researchers provides the foundation to develop world leadership in exploration targeting research. With both domestic and international research collaborations and access to world-class analytical and geochronological facilities, the CET is recognised as a global leader in research excellence, innovation, education and training in exploration targeting. Further information can be found at www.cet.edu.au.
The Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET) is seeking a candidate to undertake PhD studies on the geochronology and radiogenic isotope evolution of the Precambrian North Australian Craton (NAC). As a PhD candidate you will be working with a team of world-class researchers on a project funded by Industry and the Australian Research Council (ARC) to understand the magmatic, metallogenic and tectonic evolution of the craton (initially focusing on the Palaeoproterozoic Granites-Tanami Orogen, but including the Halls Creek, Tennant Creek, Pine Creek, and Mount Isa orogens). This project aims to unravel the lithospheric architecture and tectonic evolution of the craton to better understand the controls on the genesis and spatial location of economic mineral deposits.
Exciting opportunities for PhD studies in the North Australian Craton
The NAC has a significant endowment of Au and base metal deposits that have variably been ascribed to orogenic or intrusion-related styles. The orogenic Au lodes are generally, but not always, temporally associated with granitic rocks, and appear to reflect collision and accretion events during the Paleoproterozoic.
An understanding of the geodynamic evolution of Proterozoic Australia is of paramount importance in order to examine and study the timing of the tectonic events that contributed to the formation of ore deposits and identify those factors that lead to the development of conceptual models of ore systems. Similarly, an understanding of ore-forming processes is essential for successful exploration and the discovery of new deposits. The PhD Candidate will help clarify this with geochronology and other isotopic studies in the region. Associate Professor Anthony Kemp (Tony.Kemp@uwa.edu.au) and Research Associate Professor Leon Bagas (Leon.Bagas@uwa.edu.au) will principally supervise the project.
Applications for either position should include your Curriculum Vitae and evidence of academic performance. All queries should be directed to Associate Professor Anthony Kemp (Tony.Kemp@uwa.edu.au) or Research Associate Professor Leon Bagas (Leon.Bagas@uwa.edu.au).
The Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET) is a partnership
between The University of Western Australia,
Curtin University of Technology,
Western Australia State Government and Industry.