Four fully funded Ph.D. positions in Experimental Petrology and Geochemistry applied to Ore-Forming Processes

The Mineral Resources and Geofluids Group at the University of Geneva invites applications for four Ph.D. positions funded by the European Research Council and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Two projects will focus on processes controlling the evolution of the redox state of arc magmas and the links between magma redox and the generation of magmatic-hydrothermal ore deposits of base and noble metals. The other two projects aim at facilitating the investigation of how open system processes in trans-crustal magma reservoirs affect ore fertility. This will be accomplished by developing new methods to track intra and inter-reservoir mass transfer of ore-forming constituents by magmatic fluids, and to facilitate the quantitative assessment of ore metal extraction from magmas during degassing at crustal depths. All projects will involve novel high-pressure-temperature laboratory experiments and the instrumental microanalysis of the run products (e.g. EPMA, LA-ICP-MS, SIMS), as well as some computational model calculations.

All positions are funded for four years and have a starting date in the fall of 2020.

The successful candidates will be highly motivated, self-reliant and creative individuals with demonstrated ability to carry out scientific research and disseminate the results. They will hold an M.Sc. or equivalent degree in Earth Sciences, chemistry or related quantitative disciplines at the time of the appointment and possess strong affinity towards laboratory work. Previous experience with high-pressure experimentation and/or instrumental microanalysis, numerical skills and background in any type of computational modeling will be considered as further advantage.

The candidates will join a diverse, highly active and internationally recognized mineral deposits research group with multiple faculty members, and a dynamic department with numerous strengths in related disciplines.

Applications should include a one-page cover letter, a CV, university transcripts (both B.Sc. and M.Sc.) and the name and contact information of at least two referees preferably in a single pdf file.

The evaluation of the applications will begin on the 10th of April, 2020 and the positions will remain open until filled. Application files and inquiries about the positions should be directed via email to Prof. Zoltan Zajacz (

posted: 10 March 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.