PhD position in geochronology of young volcanic
systems at the John de Later Centre in Perth, Australia

The John de Later Centre at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, invites applications for a PhD candidateship in geochronology.

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student interested in application and methodological developments of geochronological methods suitable for young magmatic systems.

The PhD project, funded by the Australian Research Council, will focus on testing and improvement of (U-Th)/He dating techniques in order to fully develop a novel tool for Quaternary magmatic systems, tephrochronology and Quaternary geochronology. The project will include a combination of fieldwork in the "circum-Pacific Ring of Fire" (e.g., New Zealand, Japan or Kamchatka), application and methodological development of a range of geochronological methods (primarily (U-Th)/He dating, complimented with U-Th-disequilibrium, U-Pb and Ar-Ar geochronology). The project will use a range of state-of-the-art mineral characterization and isotopic analysis techniques available at the John de Laeter Centre ( For additional information please contact Martin Danisik at

Requirements for applicants are written and spoken fluency in English and completion of an MSc or BSc (Hons) degree in Earth Sciences or related fields. A background in geochronology, geochemistry and volcanology, along with hands-on experience in analytical chemistry, mass-spectrometry, and numerical modelling will be advantageous.

The length of the appointment is for 3 years, starting no later than in November 2017. The salary will be at the level of 26,682 AU$/annum.

Applications should include a CV (max. 4 pages - listing publications and conference presentations if they exist), cover letter (max. 2 pages), statement of research interests, experience and motivation, and contact information for two referees familiar with the candidate's research. Applications should be submitted by September 1, 2017 via e-mail to Martin Danisik ( as a single PDF file via e-mail with "PhD in geochron" in the subject line.

The John de Laeter Centre hosts over $30M in world-class analytical and mass spectrometry infrastructure supporting geochronological applications. Perth offers beautiful beaches, warm weather and cloudless skies, and a high quality, outdoor lifestyle with all the big city perks.

posted: 04 July 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.