iCRAG Post-doctoral position TP1.1PD5

Origin of SEDEX-Style Mineralisation in the UDL (Lucan Formation) Hanging Wall Rocks at Navan - a New Lithogeochemical Exploration Tool?


PI: Julian Menuge (UCD)

iCRAG seeks applicants for a postdoctoral researcher to investigate the potential for SEDEX mineralization associated with the giant Navan Irish-type carbonate-hosted Zn-Pb orebody, mined by Boliden Tara Mines. SEDEX mineralisation has been revealed by recent exploration drilling at Gainstown, which is satellitic to the Navan orebody. The mineralisation appears to have formed in a euxinic environment at, or just below, the seafloor within the Upper Dark Limestone (UDL), which overlies the Pale Beds that host nearly all known Navan ore. The aims of the project are to:

  • Acquire petrographic, sulphide and whole-rock geochemical and S-O-Zn isotopic data for Gainstown UDL- and Pale Beds-hosted mineralisation.
  • Model the geometry of this mineralisation, and the potential geochemical linkages between the UDL- and Pale Beds-hosted mineralisation.
  • Develop geochemical tools to vector towards potential UDL-hosted SEDEX-style and possibly related Pale Beds-hosted mineralisation.
The postdoctoral appointment is for two years at a starting salary of 33,975K, together with provision for laboratory, conference travel and fieldwork expenses. Candidates must have a PhD in a relevant geoscience area. A research background including hydrothermal geochemistry, ICP geochemistry and isotope ratio mass spectrometry would be an advantage, as would experience of SEDEX and/or Irish-type deposits and a track record of interaction with the minerals industry. The successful candidate will join a large applied geoscience research group in UCD School of Earth Sciences at University College Dublin. To apply, please click here and enter the reference number 008743.

Informal enquiries can be made to j.f.menuge@ucd.ie. The deadline for applications is 31st October 2016 for a preferred starting date of 1st January 2017.

The Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG) specialises in the research fields of raw materials, marine, groundwater and hydrocarbons, together with enabling research in geophysics, geochemistry, 3D modelling and public perception of geosciences. Established in 2015, iCRAG spans all of the main universities and research institutions performing geoscience research in Ireland, bringing together Ireland's leading geoscience experts to perform world class research.

iCRAG is funded under the SFI Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. It is supporting multiple new early career research opportunities.

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