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New PhD projects available

27 May 2015

Hand held XRF analysis of ultramafic layers and garnet granulite country rocks at Camas nam Buth, Scourie.

Iain McDonald and Hazel Prichard are seeking research students for two new projects starting in September 2015. The two research studentships are on the 'Distribution and behaviour of Se and Te in Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide (VMS) systems' and the  'Origin, geodynamic significance and mineralization potential of Archaean ultramafic complexes in the Kaapvaal and North Atlantic Cratons'.

Distribution and behaviour of Se and Te in Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide (VMS) systems

The PhD will examine the variation in the metal and Te and Se content of different VMS, their source rocks and weathering products, to understand the petrogenetic, hydrothermal and surface processes responsible for them.

The project is jointly funded by NERC and the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University and is open to applications from UK national students. The student will be expected to start their studies in late September 2015.

The deadline for applications is Monday 22 June 2015.

Applications should be made online here.

Contact: Dr Hazel Prichard (Prichard@cardiff.ac.uk), Dr Iain McDonald (mcdonaldi1@cardiff.ac.uk) and Dr Gawen R.T. Jenkin (grtj1@leicester.ac.uk)

Origin, geodynamic significance and mineralization potential of Archaean ultramafic complexes in the Kaapvaal and North Atlantic Cratons

The aim of the PhD project is to generate a series of geochemical tools that will constrain the origin(s) of suites of Archaean ultramafic bodies from two contrasting cratonic regions – the Kaapvaal Craton and the North Atlantic Craton.

The project is funded by the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering and is open to UK or European Union applicants. Applicants should hold or expect at least an upper second class honours degree.  The student will be expected to start their studies in late September 2015.

The deadline for applications is Monday 22June 2015.

Applications should be made online here.

Contacts: Dr Iain McDonald (mcdonaldi1@cardiff.ac.uk), Dr Hazel Prichard (Prichard@Cardiff.ac.uk), Dr Hannah Hughes (Hannah.hughes@wits.ac.za)

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