PhD Student Opportunities

Earth Dynamics Research Group, School of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Curtin University - Bentley Campus, Perth, Western Australia

The Earth Dynamics Research Group at Curtin University has three (3) open PhD positions for research in the fields of:

  1. Palaeomagnetism and supercontinent reconstruction, with an emphasis on Precambrian supercontinents;
  2. Absolute palaeointensity studies in relation to supercontinent cycles, focusing on Precambrian mafic igneous rocks in Australia and elsewhere; and,
  3. A study of oceanic Large Igneous Province (LIP) records in Australia and globally.

The available positions are 3-4 years full-time (to start as soon as possible) with the successful applicants being offered a competitive scholarship stipend. More specific details on the research interests of the Earth Dynamics Research Group and additional information on the PhD student opportunities are available at

The candidates will join a diverse team of researchers working on IGCP project 648: Supercontinent Cycles and Global Geodynamics, led by ARC Australian Laureate Fellow Prof. Z.X. Li, within the School of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Curtin University is home to one of Australia's leading institutions for geoscience research and has an international reputation for quality research and extensive research infrastructure.


Applicants must have either 1st class Honours (or equivalent qualification with research experience) or a MSc in the Earth sciences or other relevant fields. Previous experience with fieldwork will be highly regarded.

How to express your interest:

Please contact Dr. Josh Beardmore ( if you are interested in developing an application. Please include the following:

  • A curriculum vitae and a list of publications (if applicable).
  • Details of BSc (Hons.) or MSc including: copies of transcripts showing lists of courses with grades and the abstract of your thesis (if applicable).
  • A brief statement about your research interests, motivation and skills.
  • Names, addresses and contact details of two references that may be contacted for a recommendation letter.

posted: 20 October 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.