PhD Student Opening in Rock Physics and Mineralogy

We are seeking a creative and highly motivated research scientist to undertake a PhD research project within the broad topic of carbonate diagenesis and its seismic signature. The project will essentially be laboratory based but will require the use of geochemical and rock physics principles. Some key aspects of the project will involve the establishment of a method to synthetise carbonates of mixed mineralogy, in relation to some reservoir currently under exploration; the design of experiments to get insights about the link between diagenesis (and its alteration) and rock petrophysical and elastic properties; the use of various qualitative and quantitative methods to characterise mineralogy and microstructure.

This is a highly multi-disciplinary project, at the intersection of structural geology, mineralogy and rock physics. The student will be provided access to state-of-the art experimental equipment and computational facilities across various institutions at Curtin University, CSIRO (The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), and nearby universities such as UWA.

This PhD study is part of an industry-funded project and includes a full-time scholarship.

Qualifications required

  • A Master degree in a field of geosciences;
  • A background in geology and/or geophysics is required;
  • Knowledge of structural geology, and/or carbonate and siliclastic diagenesis and/or experimental rock physics and/or mineralogy and/or petrology is encouraged;
  • Strong interest in laboratory work;
  • Fluency in English (both written and oral);
  • Willingness to work in a multi-disciplinary team at the intersection of academia and industry.

For further inquiries and to apply, please send a 1) CV, 2) a letter explaining your background, skills and research interests, 3) a list of your publications and 4) the name of 3 referees to Dr. Stephanie Vialle (Stephanie.vialle@curtin.edu.au). Review of applications will begin on 24th June but this advertisement will be valid until the position is filled.

posted: 11 June 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.