Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral position: genesis of gold
mineralization in the Yamarna greenstone belt

The Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET) in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Western Australia is a leading research centre in mineral system science applied to ore deposits. The CET provides a dynamic learning environment where the pressing problems of the mineral exploration industry can be addressed by teams of researchers using their collective expertise. This multidisciplinary team approach allows the CET to develop innovative research solutions consistent with its mission 'to increase both the rate and quality of discoveries made in mineral exploration, without relying on substantial increases in exploration expenditure'.

The CET is leading the 3-year 'Yilgarn 2020' research project with the support of the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA) and various industry, academic and government partners. The project has three integrated research modules that will enhance our understanding of the metallogeny of the Archean Yilgarn Craton. The first module uses existing geological data to examine the composition and evolution of the lower crust and lithospheric mantle. The second module focuses on understanding camp-scale crustal architecture by developing criteria that can be applied to identify, rank and target the critical fluid focussing structures within a given camp. The third module examines the metal fertility of the Craton by examining how magmatic and metamorphic processes have contributed to the formation of the mineralized camps.

We are seeking applications from highly enthusiastic and motivated individuals to fill two positions in module 3. Specifically, researchers will examine the genesis of gold mineralization in the Yamarna greenstone belt, including the large Gruyere gold deposit

1. Ph.D. position: A M.Sc. or first-class honours degree is required with fluency in English as a minimum language requirement. A background in economic geology, petrology and tectonics is desirable. The project will involve both remote field and laboratory work (microprobe, SEM, laser ablation ICPMS, radiogenic isotopes).

Domestic Ph.D. candidates should apply for a UWA postgraduate scholarship (http://www.scholarships.uwa.edu.au/future-students/postgrad/domestic) whereas international candidates should apply for an Australian Government International Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset Scholarship (http://www.scholarships.uwa.edu.au/future-students/postgrad/international).

2. Post-doctoral position: A researcher with expertise in geochronology, and stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry, including an interest in the innovative application of these data to understanding magma generation and crustal evolution. A high level of technical competency in microanalysis, especially with ion microprobe and/or laser ablation ICPMS platforms is essential. Familiarity with Archean geology and metallogeny is desirable. The post-doctoral fellow will be closely involved in supervision of the Ph.D. student. The position is for three years.

Both research projects can commence as early as March 2019.

Applications

Applicants are asked to provide:

  • a CV (including name and contact details of two referees)
  • a cover letter specifically outlining your (a) expertise in geochronology, and stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry (b) technical competency in microanalysis, especially with ion microprobe and/or laser ablation ICPMS platforms (c) familiarity with Archean geology and metallogeny and (d) experience in supervision of postgraduate students or teaching.

To apply or for further information, please contact Associate Prof. Tony Kemp (tony.kemp@uwa.edu.au) for the post-doctoral position, and Prof. Steffen Hagemann (steffen.hagemann@uwa.edu.au) for the Ph.D. position. For additional information on the Yilgarn 2020 project, please contact CET Director, Prof. Steve Rowins (steve.rowins@uwa.edu.au)

posted: 26 October 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.