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PhD Student opportunities available!

Enjoy beaches, sun and working on a vast southern continent*? The recently funded ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship to Z.X. Li, and Curtin University co-funding for both the Laureate Fellowship grant and the ARC Center of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems (CCFS), provide five new PhD scholarships for up to four years each to work in the following fields.

  1. Palaeomagnetism and supercontinent reconstruction, with emphasis on Precambrian supercontinents. Field regions could be in Australia or overseas. (1 PhD position)
  2. Palaeointensity study in relation to supercontinent cycles, focusing on Precambrian mafic igneous rocks in Australia and elsewhere. (1 PhD position)
  3. Petrogenesis of Proterozoic igneous rocks in NE Queensland to test the evolution history of the supercontinents. (1 PhD position)
  4. A study of oceanic Large Igneous Province (LIP) records in Australia and globally, involving case studies of accreted oceanic LIPs in pre-Cretaceous orogens in locations around the world. (1 PhD position)
  5. 4D global to plate-scale geodynamic modeling using supercomputers. (1 PhD position)

Interested candidates are invited to contact Dr Josh Beardmore at; Ph +61-8-9266 4163.

The students will join a team of over 15 researchers and PhD students in a vibrant research environment at Curtin University’s The Institute for Geoscience Research (TIGeR), the Department of Applied Geology, and will become members of IGCP 648: Supercontinent Cycles and Global Geodynamics.

*Need to know more about Perth and Western Australia? See here.




    Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Tectonics and Earth Resources

  • CCFS

    ARC Center of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems

  • TIGeR

    The Institute for Geoscience Research

  • Applied Geology

    The Department of Applied Geology, Curtin University

  • WASM

    Western Australian School of Mines

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  • A CCFS-sponsored short course on the global climatic phenomenon known as Snowball Earth was held at Curtin University on 15 July, 2016.

  • The work of Applied Geology’s research fellow and lecturer, Chris Spencer, has seen him visit many exotic and remote locations around the world, documented on his travel blog Traveling Geologist – check out some of the incredible photos.