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PhD position

Bewerbungsfrist
18.08.2022
Angebotsdatum
28.07.2022
Arbeitgeber:in
Australian National University
Einsatzort
Canberra

Beschreibung

PhD position in experimental petrology at the Research School of Earth Sciences, ANU, Canberra

We have an opening for an enthusiastic postgraduate student to take on a fully funded PhD project in high pressure experimental petrology at the Research School of Earth Sciences, the Australian National University.

The mineralogy and composition of deep cratonic mantle xenoliths (garnet harzburgites) and erupted high-MgO lavas We seek to complement the team with a PhD candidate hosted at the Australian National University’s Research School of Earth Sciences, supervised by Prof. Greg Yaxley. The candidate will conduct ultra-high pressure piston-cylinder apparatus (see picture) and multi-anvil device experiments with the aim of improving knowledge of melting reactions and residual mineralogy for better thermodynamic modelling. The candidate will also have access to state-of-the-art analytical facilities for investigation of the experimental run products and will benefit from research exchange visits to the Central Analytical Research Facility at Queensland University of Technology.(Archaean komatiites) leave no doubt that the early Earth mantle experienced very advanced melting. It remains a hotly debated topic in which petrological context and tectonic regime such melting occurred. One significant knowledge gap is the lack of high pressure, very-high temperature experiments in refractory mantle. Our multi-disciplinary team (5 academics, 3 PhD candidates and 1 Research Assistant) is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery grant to investigate this topic with new experimental, petrological, empirical, and microstructural research.

Aufgaben und Einsatzfelder

We seek to complement the team with a PhD candidate hosted at the Australian National University’s Research School of Earth Sciences, supervised by Prof. Greg Yaxley. The candidate will conduct ultra-high pressure piston-cylinder apparatus (see picture) and multi-anvil device experiments with the aim of improving knowledge of melting reactions and residual mineralogy for better thermodynamic modelling. The candidate will also have access to state-of-the-art analytical facilities for investigation of the experimental run products and will benefit from research exchange visits to the Central Analytical Research Facility at Queensland University of Technology.

Kenntnisse und Fähigkeiten

The required qualifications for this laboratory-based position are: a completed Honours or Master’s degree in Earth Sciences; a demonstrated record of excellence in igneous or metamorphic petrology (ideally through a degree research project); an aptitude for careful laboratory work; and experience in the use of thermodynamic modelling software. For candidates whose first language is not English, there is the additional requirement for IELTS language proficiency.

Beschäftigungsverhältnis

The preferable start-date of the position is during the last 3 months or 2022.

Kontakt

Interested and suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to contact Prof. Yaxley (greg.yaxley@anu.edu.au) with a letter of motivation and a CV addressing the position requirements.

Professor Greg Yaxley

Head of Geochemistry Research Area
Experimental Petrology Group
Research School of Earth Sciences
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601


T: +61 2 6125 8334
F: +61 2 6125 8253
M: +61 4 3438 9340

E: greg.yaxley@anu.edu.au

rses.anu.edu.au/people/greg-yaxley

ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0003-0445-8812

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