PhD Scholarships available at the School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Curtin University, Perth, Australia

The School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, in association with The Institute for Geoscience Research (TIGeR), at Curtin University, Western Australia is offering up to 5 domestic or international PhD scholarships. Four relate to understanding nanoscale geochemical processes in peridotites, and the other focuses on the characteristics of the regolith associated with mafic and ultramafic-hosted nickel-copper mineralisation within the Fraser Zone, Western Australia.

The specific research projects will give ample scope to well-qualified and enthusiastic candidates to utilise state-of-the-art analytical techniques to investigate nanoscale processes associated with the deformation and fluid-mineral interaction within natural rocks and experimental analogues. The projects offer the opportunity to be part of a dynamic research team working on exciting research programs intended to improve our understanding of nanoscale geochemical processes and their large-scale geological consequences.

Applications are invited from potential candidates interested in the following topics

  1. The structure and geochemistry of mineral interfaces in Earth's mantle Funded by the Australian Research Council. Supervised by Prof. Steven Reddy & Prof. Katy Evans.
  2. The role of oceanic crust serpentinisation on the mobility of Re & Os. Funded by the Australian Research Council. Supervised by Prof. Katy Evans & Prof. Steven Reddy.
  3. Formation of the regolith above nickel-copper mineralisation within the Fraser Zone, Western Australia Funded by the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia in partnership with IGO, the Creasy Group, and the Geological Survey of Western Australia. Supervised by Dr. Mehrooz Aspandiar & Prof. Katy Evans. This project is also offered at MSc level.

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 preferred choice of project(s) (including some rationale for that choice) as a SINGLE PDF file to Steven Reddy at s.reddy@curtin.edu.au, Curtin University. The closing date is the 18th June 2021. Candidates will be shortlisted interviewed, and the preferred candidates identified in late June. Curtin has committed to support students through the visa and travel exemption processes required to comply with Covid-19-related travel restrictions.

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.


posted: 18 May 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.