NSERC-Agnico Eagle Industrial Research Chair in Mineral Exploration

The NSERC-Agnico Eagle Industrial Research Chair in Mineral Exploration has for objective the development of innovative mineral exploration methodologies using indicator minerals for orogenic gold deposits. The Chair is a partnership between NSERC, Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources Naturelles du Québec, and Université Laval. The Chair is dynamic and collaborative training environment comprising about twenty graduate students and research associates.

PhD Project Long distance detection of gold deposits: Meadowbank and Amaruq (Nunavut)

The PhD project is a component of a research program on the Amaruq and Meadowbank gold deposits in Nunavut, during which several studies have been conducted to describe in detail the Quaternary geology and dispersion of the gold deposit’s chemical and indicator mineral signature by ice flow.

The project objective is to determine the ultimate distance at which we can tract the trace of an orogenic gold deposit, using its chemical signature and the chemical composition of indicator minerals (chalcopyrite, scheelite, tourmaline, native gold). The project will investigate dispersal of orogenic gold in the region of the Meadowbank and Amaruq deposits. It will document the chemical signature of indicator minerals at Meadowbank and other mineralized occurrences in the region to complement that of Amaruq. It will determine the ultimate distance at which the specific signature of a gold deposit can be detected, in relation to its glacial history, to define exploration methodologies for exploration for orogenic gold deposit under glacial cover.

The PhD project is supported with a research scholarship of 25 000$ per year for 3 years. This scholarship can be cumulated with another excellence award. Training in quaternary geology and metallogeny is desirable. The candidate will have the opportunity to conduct original research and to present it in national and international conferences. The PhD project will begin as soon as a qualified candidate is selected. The project is cosupervised by G. Beaudoin, I. McMartin (CGC), Hugo Dubé-Loubert (MERN) and O. Côté-Mantha (AEM). Submit your cv, transcripts and motivation letter to:

Professor Georges Beaudoin
NSERC-Agnico Eagle Industrial Research Chair in Mineral Exploration
Département de géologie et de génie géologique
Université Laval

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