PhD projects in Geosciences

James Cook University (JCU) is the leading Australian University in tropical North Queensland, with strong geology and geochemistry programmes supported by world-class analytical facilities ( We are looking for strong applicants (national and international) to undertake a PhD project in one of the following focus areas:

  1. The tectonic evolution and mineral potential of the Mt Isa District in NW Qld
  2. The genesis of rare earth element deposits in Australia
  3. The tectonic history and mineralization patterns of the accretionary margin of NE Qld
  4. mineral geochemistry and fluid evolution of mineral deposits
  5. sedimentology, basin analysis and vertebrate palaeontology
  6. Marine geology of the Great barrier reef

Specific projects can be aligned with the individual strengths of applicants, and may contain aspects of fieldwork, economic geology, structural analysis, isotope geochemistry, petrology, sedimentology, geochronology, fluid inclusion work, palaeontology etc.

Scholarship funding is available through JCU and must be applied for before 30 September 2019. The PhD stipend is approximately $27,500 per annum (non-taxable) for up to 3.5 years, with fully paid tuition fees for up to 4 years. Highly ranked international candidates will also receive health cover. Additional top-up scholarships of $5,000 are available. The scholarship scheme is competitive and will only be available for candidates with a strong academic and/or professional record. Relevant postgraduate research experience and/or refereed journal articles will improve the chances for a scholarship. If your native language is not English you are required to demonstrate your English language proficiency (Band 2 or higher). Please refer to the following webpage for application information:

If you are interested to apply for a PhD project and a scholarship please contact Dr. Ioan Sanislav ( with your CV and an indication of the type of project you are interested in. We will screen your application, advise you on your chances of success in attracting a JCU scholarship and put you in touch with a potential supervisor. Visit JCU's research portfolio ( to look up the research interests of potential PhD advisors.

posted: 30 July 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.