MSc Positions in Clastic Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of
Environment, Earth, and Resources

U of M Researcher: Paul Durkin (Assistant Professor)

Project Topic: Sedimentology and stratigraphy of Cretaceous fluvial and shallow marine deposits

Project Description

The clastic sedimentology research group in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Manitoba is seeking two highly motivated and talented MSc students to study outcropping fluvial and shallow marine deposits from the Cretaceous of Alberta, Canada. Potential study areas include Dinosaur Provincial Park and the Athabasca Oil Sands Region. The successful candidate should have a 4-year Bachelor's of Science or Arts degree in Geological or Earth Sciences (or equivalent). They should have a solid background in sedimentology, stratigraphy, and experience in the field. Completion of an undergraduate thesis is an asset. The successful candidate should have a GPA >3.0 out of 4.5 (University of Manitoba scale). The position is fully funded by a research assistantship; qualification for NSERC graduate scholarship is an asset.

Duties and Responsibilities

Development of a research proposal, conduct field work for primary data collection, laboratory analysis, data analysis, 3D mapping and modelling, thesis writing, course work, and conference participation.

Skills and Benefits

Students will be trained in classic field-based clastic sedimentology and stratigraphy, integrated with novel Structure-from-Motion Remotely Piloted Aircraft System photogrammetry and LiDAR mapping. Students will gain experience in project management, report and manuscript preparation, oral presentations, and 3D geological modelling. Graduates from this program are trained for careers in the petroleum industry, government, or further academic studies.

To apply, please send a CV and a letter outlining your interest in these opportunities to Dr. Paul Durkin at

Applications will be considered upon receipt and the position is open until filled.

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posted: 25 April 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.