Noble Gas Geochronology Research Group, School of Earth Sciences,
The University of Melbourne

PhD opportunity, Geochemistry and Geochronology

The School of Earth Sciences at The University of Melbourne is a centre of innovation for geochemistry and geochronology, and is equipped with state-of-the art analytical facilities and a wide range of geosciences expertise.

The Noble Gas Geochronology research group is offering a PhD position in geochronology and geochemistry. The research will be funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant that is focused on improving the stratigraphic and paleoclimatic framework of the Omo-Turkana basin, Kenya. The Omo-Turkana basin is of global significance, having yielded dozens of key archeological and paleontological finds since the 1970s that have revolutionised the field of paleoanthropology. The successful PhD candidate will focus on the tephrostratigraphy of the Omo-Turkana Basin. They will have access to world-class analytical facilities and diverse expertise, and will have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork in Kenya.


Applicants must have obtained an Honours or Masters Degree (or equivalent) in geological sciences and have a solid foundation in quantitative science. Applicants must be highly self-motivated, have a keen interest in geochemistry, geochronology and igneous petrology, make careful field and lab observations, and be able to work well independently and communicate effectively within a research team. Experience with working in a clean lab environment, familiarity with mass spectrometry or operating an electron microprobe are not required but would be regarded as an advantage.

Applicants are required to meet the University of Melbourne's requirements for PhD candidature. Please refer to:


Please email a brief letter of introduction, your CV, academic transcripts from all prior study and academic references as a single pdf document to Prof David Phillips: or Dr Erin Matchan: . We look forward to hearing from you. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

For further information about the Noble Gas Geochronology research group please visit our website For further enquiries please contact Prof David Phillips on Dr Erin Matchan using the above email addresses.

posted: 19 July 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.