Six international or domestic PhD Scholarships are currently being offered by the Department of Applied Geology and The Institute for Geoscience Research (TIGeR) at Curtin University on the general theme of:
Crustal evolution, geochronology, mineralisation, fluids and metamorphism
The specific research projects will give ample scope to well-qualified and enthusiastic candidates to research a wide range of possible topics, from mechanisms of nano-scale fluid-mineral interaction to the growth and evloution of continents.
Applications are invited from potential candidates interested in the following topics:
- Crustal evolution, geodynamic setting and architecture of the Albany-Fraser Orogen and Eucla Basement, Western Australia (Supervisors: A/Prof Chris Kirkland and A/Prof Chris Clark)
- Petrochronology of accessory phases related to metamorphism and fluid-flow events in the Albany-Fraser Orogen and Eucla Basement, Western Australia (Supervisors: A/Prof Chris Clark and A/Prof Chris Kirkland)
- Sulphur isotopic and trace element signatures of sulphides in mineralised and unmineralised environments in the Albany-Fraser Orogen and Eucla Basement, Western Australia (Supervisors: A/Prof Katy Evans and A/Prof Chris Kirkland)
- Modification of the deep crust during fluid-rock interaction, a case study on Holsn°y Island, western Norway (Supervisors: A/Prof Chris Clark and Prof Steve Reddy)
- Rock Hydration, deformation and tectonism in the Alice Springs Orogen, Northern Territory (Supervisors: Prof. Andrew Putnis and A/Prof Tom Raimondo - University of South Australia)
- Experimental hydration and carbonation reactions, element mobility and ore deposition (Supervisors: Prof. Andrew Putnis and A/Prof. Katy Evans)
Candidates should have research experience in the form of a written thesis at BSc (Honours) or MSc level.
To apply, please send a CV and brief letter explaining your research interests and choice of project(s) you would like to work on (including rationale for choice) as a pdf file to The Institute for Geoscience Research (firstname.lastname@example.org), Curtin University. The positions will be kept open until filled.
The successful candidates will access state-of-the-art analytical facilities in the Advanced Resource Characterisation Facility, the John De Laeter Centre and the Australian Synchrotron, where Curtin is a foundation investor. Curtin is a dynamic, research-intensive University that has achieved national and international stature. Earth Sciences, and the sub-disciplines of Geology and Geochemistry, were awarded the maximum ranking of 5 in the recent Excellence in Research for Australia assessment. These factors, coupled with recent successes in ARC grants and University investment will ensure that students are hosted within a vibrant research environment and will receive exceptional training. Candidates working on Western Australian geology can expect to work in close association with staff of the Geological Survey of Western Australia.