Magmatic response to slab tearing

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Supervisor – Associate Professor Gideon

Spatially and geochemically anomalous arc magmas (SGAM) provide unique records of complexities in the subduction process and are commonly associated with ore mineralisation (e.g., gold and copper). By linking SGAMs to independent geophysical constraints on the dynamics and geometry of the subducting slab, this project aims to explicitly resolve how changes in the shape/form/geometry of the slab through time are expressed in the geochemical and metallogenic record.

The PhD project will involve the following research activities (depending on the research interests, skills, and qualifications of the selected candidate):

  1. Three-dimensional visualisation of slab structures;
  2. Geodynamic reconstructions;
  3. Structural geology/geophysics in supra-subduction zones;
  4. Geochemical investigation of arc magmas;
  5. Petrological investigation of magmatic plumbing systems in arc settings.

Preferred educational background

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of structural geology, tectonics, geodynamics, geophysics, igneous petrology, geochemistry and/or volcanology would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of geological sciences and the potential for scholastic success.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 2, 2022. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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