TWO Fully Funded PhD Scholarships in Experimental Geochemistry at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia

The PhD projects

The PhD projects are part of a prestigious Discovery project funded by the Australian Research Council and is aimed at investigating the role of hydrothermal fluids in the creation and decay of porosity in minerals. By undertaking hydrothermal experiments mimicking natural fluid-mineral reactions and analysing the reacted minerals using conventional and advanced techniques (e.g., the facilities at ANSTO, Australian Synchrotron, and ESRF), this project expects to generate knowledge of the fundamental relationships between fluid-mineral reactions, pore creation and decay, pore geometry and connectivity, and the mechanism for the formation of fluid inclusions. This should provide a deeper understanding of the hydrothermal fluids flowing through tight rocks in the Earth's crust to form orebodies. Within the overall context of the project the details of the PhD program can be tailored to suit the interests and background of the successful candidate.

The candidate will be enrolled at Murdoch University in the Mineralogy and Geochemistry group and will receive supervisions from Assoc. Prof. Fang Xia (Murdoch University, Perth, Australia) and Prof. Andrew Putnis (Curtin University, Perth, Australia; University of Münster, Germany). This project also involves close collaborations with Prof. François Renard (University of Oslo, Norway) and Prof. Allan Pring (Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia). Perth is a beautiful coastal capital city of Western Australia and has been one of the most liveable cities in the world for many years.

Fully funded scholarships

Full scholarship will be provided for up to 3.5 years, which means waive of tuition fee (worth AUD $33,960 per year), plus a generous tax-free living allowance of AUD $28,092 per year. Depending on academic merit of the candidate, a top-up living allowance scholarship of AUD $5,000 per year (tax-free) will also be provided.

About the candidates

The candidate should have completed or nearly complete a first-class Honours degree or a Master degree (by research) or equivalent in Geochemistry or Geology or Mineralogy or Chemistry or related majors, with a strong knowledge in physical chemistry, thermodynamics and kinetics, and crystal dissolution and growth processes, an excellent research potential evident by publications in reputed journals or excellent Honours/Master thesis, and proficient in written and spoken English.

Ideally, the candidate also has experience with hydrothermal experiments and the relevant analytical methods but there are not essential and full trainings will be provided. For candidate from non-English speaking/education countries, the minimum English requirement for admission is IELTS (Academic) overall 6.5 with no individual band less than 6.0 or TOEFL (internet based) overall 90 with no band less than 20.

How to apply

To apply, please send your application documents, including a full CV (list the publications and theses and contact details of three referees), undergraduate and postgraduate academic transcripts, and English test report (e.g., IELTS, TOEFL, if available) to Assoc. Prof. Fang Xia ( with the subject line "Mineral Porosity PhD Scholarship - Your full name". The candidate can start any time from now and the scholarships remain open until filled.

posted: 31 January 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.