PhD position in nanogeochronology by atom probe tomography

Geochronology is a pillar of the geosciences, determining the ages of rocks and geological events. However, many valuable mineral phases are too small, or have minute textures and features that cannot be dated by conventional methods. This unexplored territory may hold the key to unravel a number of geological conundrums. This project has a single important aim, to develop tomorrow's new geochronology tool, apply it to burning research questions and provide the next generation of data.

The Geoscience Atom Probe Facility is offering one international or domestic PhD scholarship (plus stipend) related to the development and application of nanogeochronology by atom probe tomography (APT). The PhD will form part of a major research initiative to develop new technologies for geoscience research. The initiative represents a major collaborative investment by the Australian Research Council, the Science and Industry Endowment Fund, Curtin University, the CSIRO and the University of Western Australia.

The research project focuses on the development of isotopic U/Pb dating of phosphate phases by APT and the mechanism of Pb mobility during metamorphism. The project will focus on the use of Atom Probe Tomography; however, the student will also have access to state-of-the-art analytical facilities in the Advanced Resource Characterisation Facility, the John De Laeter Centre and the Australian Synchrotron. The successful applicant will receive training in a broad range of advanced mineral characterisation techniques including Focused Ion Beam (FIB) sample preparation as well as the acquisition and processing of atom probe data.

The deadline for applications is 28 February, but candidates may be considered after this date if suitable applications are not received by the deadline.

Curtin is a dynamic, research-intensive University that has achieved national and international stature. In 2012, the disciplines of Earth Sciences, and the sub-disciplines of Geology and Geochemistry, were awarded the maximum ranking of 5 in the federal government's "Excellence in Research for Australia" assessment. These factors, coupled with recent successes in the ARC grant rounds, ensures that the candidates will be hosted within a vibrant and dynamic research environment and will receive exceptional research training.

To apply for any of these projects please send an email (with subject heading Nanogeochronology PhD) including a CV and a one-page summary of your research interests to Dr Denis Fougerouse ( by 28th February 2019. Selection of candidates will be a competitive process.

posted: 31 January 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.