Metal Earth Research Opportunities


With funding from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund and through a strategic partnership between universities, government surveys and international research centres, the Metal Earth Project is conducting ground-breaking research on processes responsible for Earth's metal endowment. Metal Earth is led by the Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC) of the Harquail School of Earth Sciences at Laurentian University. One of its work packages will focus on the comparison of modern and ancient oceanic crust as a framework for understanding metal endowment in greenstone belts. Together with the University of Ottawa and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, researchers in this work package will carry out the large-scale ocean-going geological and geophysical surveys needed to understand the metallogenic evolution of the modern ocean crust.

Metal Earth PDF/Research Associate Opportunity

Metal Earth is seeking individuals with demonstrated research excellence in geosciences to participate in the Modern/Ancient Ocean Crust Project. We are inviting applications for a Post Doctoral Fellowship (PDF)/Research Associate (RA) position to begin in July 2017. The successful candidate will work as part of a marine geology-geophysics team to conduct structural, lithogeochemical and geochronology transects across several ocean-ocean and ocean-continent boundaries. Research problems will be addressed through integrated seafloor mapping together with geochemical, isotopic and geophysical techniques, with a major focus on comparison of the results to other Metal Earth transects in ancient greenstone belts. Experience in geological mapping, particularly large-scale structural geology and tectonics, are important assets. Experience in marine research, ore deposits and regional metallogeny would also be desirable. A willingness to travel extensively and the ability to work in a team environment are essential. The position will be for three years, initially, and will evolve rapidly from data compilation and analysis to sea-going activities scheduled for 2018 and 2019. The candidate will be expected to publish results as Metal Earth reports and in peer-reviewed international journals. The salary range is $65-$80k/yr plus benefits, contingent on approval of workplans and budgets. The position will be located at the University of Ottawa.

Metal Earth GIS Technical Assistant Opportunities

To support the Modern/Ancient Ocean Crust Project, Metal Earth is also seeking fully-trained GIS technicians for data compilation, integration, analysis and map production. We are seeking trained geologists with extensive knowledge of ArcGIS and related products for management and production of geological maps and sections. Strong computer skills are essential, and experience working with geophysical data (e.g., seismic, gravity, magnetic, electromagnetic) would be assets. The salary range is $45-$60k/yr plus benefits, contingent on approval of workplans and budgets. The positions will be located at the University of Ottawa.

Metal Earth PhD Graduate Opportunity

Metal Earth is also seeking a strong PhD candidate to conduct detailed lithogeochemical studies in the Modern/Ancient Ocean Crust Project. The proposed study will investigate large-scale lithogeochemical diversity of several key regions relevant to modern and ancient ocean crust formation. The research project is fully funded for four years ($30K/yr including Teaching Assistantships) at the University of Ottawa.

To apply, please forward your application and cover letter to econgeol@uottawa.ca. The application should include a CV, contact details, and names of three referees in a single PDF document file. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2017 or until the positions have been filled. All qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

posted: 26 May 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.