The School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand is the largest and most diverse academic Earth Science institution in southern Africa, conducting research in, and offering higher degrees in Geology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Mineralization and Paleontology. Analytical facilities include geochemical preparation laboratories, XRF and ICP-MS instruments, a new 5- spectrometer Field Emission electron microprobe, and access to SEM, TEM, Raman, Mossbauer and EBSD instruments. The University is situated close to some of the spectacular geological features of Africa: Vredefort, Barberton, Bushveld and Karoo. Visit our website at: http://www.wits.ac.za/geosciences/

We seek:

PhD Research Fellow in Igneous Petrology


Possible topics of the research project are:

  • Potholes associated with MG-LG chromitites of the Critical Zone in the Bushveld Complex.
  • Igneous layering of the Main Zone in the Bushveld Complex.
  • Anorthosites associated with magnetites of the Upper Zone in the Bushveld Complex.

The research will involve field and underground/open pit work in relation with mining companies. Applications are encouraged from individuals with experience and interest in the innovative use of petrological, textural, geochemical, and isotopic measurements relevant to crystallization, differentiation and solidification of mantle-derived magmas in magma chambers.

The position is available immediately, for a period of three years, with renewal after each year based on performance and progress.

Applications with Curriculum Vitae and a publication list, a statement of research interests and the contact details of 3 referees, should be sent to Prof. Rais Latypov (Rais.Latypov@wits.ac.za) before 20 August 2017.

posted: 19 June 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.