Three fully funded PhD Student Opportunities in Earth Sciences,
Perth, Australia

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

The Earth Dynamics Research Group, part of the School of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Curtin University, has three (3) available PhD scholarships for research focussed on supercontinent cycles and global geodynamics. Applications from candidates are invited in any of the following projects:

  1. Palaeomagnetism and supercontinent reconstruction, with an emphasis on Precambrian supercontinents.
  2. Absolute palaeointensity studies in relation to supercontinent cycles and the evolution of Earth's magnetic field, focusing on the Precambrian geomagnetic record in mafic igneous rocks in Australia and elsewhere.
  3. A geochemical and petrological study of pre-Cretaceous oceanic Large Igneous Province (O-LIP) records in Australia and globally.
  4. Development of global 4D geodynamic computer modelling to simulate and analyse interactions between plate tectonics and mantle dynamics during supercontinent cycles.

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. Successful candidates will be self-reliant, have excellent communication skills, have a demonstrated background in their chosen topic (including laboratory and field-based work, if applicable), and a proven ability in the dissemination of their scientific results. 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 led by ARC Australian Laureate Fellow Prof. Z.X. Li within the School of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Curtin University is also home to one of Australia's leading institutions for geoscience research and has an excellent international reputation for quality research and extensive research infrastructure.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must have either 1st class Honours (or equivalent qualification with research experience) or MSc in the Earth sciences (or other relevant field).

Applicants should meet the University English Language Requirements (available here).

Previous experience in the chosen topic will be highly regarded.

How to Apply

To apply, please send the following to Dr. Josh Beardmore (

  • your CV (with digital copies of any authored scientific publications, if applicable),
  • details of BSc (Hons.) and/or MSc, including copies of academic transcripts and the abstract of your thesis (if applicable),
  • a brief letter explaining your research interests and preferred choice of project(s) (including your rationale for that choice), and
  • the names and contact details of three references that may be contacted for a recommendation letter.

Applications are invited continuously and the positions are open until filled. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, and the preferred candidates sent offers as soon as possible.

posted: 20 October 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.