PhD Research Projects: Genesis and Localization of Magmatic Ni-Cu-(PGE) Sulfide and Chromite Deposits

Applications are invited for up to 5 PhD projects on the genesis and localization of mineralization in the Sudbury Structure, one of the world's largest and richest Ni-Cu-PGE deposits, and in the McFaulds Lake ("Ring of Fire") area of northern Ontario, one of the world's largest unmined chromite and Ni-Cu-(PGE) resources. All projects will be fully-funded (including a graduate research assistantship, tuition, living stipend, and field/analytical/travel expenses) for 4 years and will involve a combination of field mapping and/or core logging, petrography, mineral analysis, whole-rock geochemical and isotopic analysis and modelling, and 3D GOCADŽ modelling. Some projects will begin in September 2018, some in January 2019, and some in May 2019. All will involve close collaborations with sponsoring mining companies.

MERC ( and HSES ( are one of the largest mineral exploration and Precambrian geology education and research centres in the world with over 100 faculty, research associates, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students. MERC and HSES are located in the Willet Green Miller Mineral and Mining Research Centre on the Laurentian University campus, which also houses the Ontario Geological Survey, the Ontario Geoscience Laboratories (Geo Labs), the John B Gammon Mines Library, and the Mining Division of the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. MERC and HSES have outstanding mineral analytical facilities, including XRD, LRS, ED-XRES (SEM), WD-XRES (EPMA), and split-stream LA-ICP-QMS - LA-MC-ICP-QMS. Geo Labs has state-of-the-art mineral and whole-rock analytical facilities.

Applicants must have >75% (or equivalent as determined by WES) overall grade-point averages with strong backgrounds in igneous geochemistry, igneous petrology, and magmatic ore deposits. Experience in geochemical, petrological, fluid dynamic, and/or GOCAD® modelling will be an asset. A MSc degree is required at the time of arrival, although exceptional BSc Honours graduates may be admitted as MSc students and convert to a PhD. To apply send CV, academic transcripts, and e-mail addresses of 3 academic references - to Professor Michael Lesher .

Laurentian University is a bilingual (French-English), tri-cultural institution and especially welcomes and encourages applications from members of visible minorities, women, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities, and persons with disabilities. Applicants may self-identify as a member of an employment equity group. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. However, Canadians and permanent residents will be considered first for these positions.

posted: 06 June 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.