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Elemental and isotopic fractionation of chalcophile elements in the lithosphere

   Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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  Prof S Foley, Prof O Alard  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This project entails an analytical and experimental investigation of elemental and isotopic fractionation of chalcophile elements between minerals (sulfides and silicates) and melts and how they relate to volatile elements. The project includes the development of new analytical techniques based on laser ablation coupled with state of the art inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometers (i.e. tandem MS/MS-ICP-MS and MC-ICP-MS). It will be supported by experiments that investigate melting of rocks under lithospheric conditions.

Our Department has a newly expanded high-pressure experimental laboratory and a strong tradition in microbeam mineral and rock analysis (EMPA, SEM, Laser-ICP-MS). We emphasize cross-links between geochemistry, petrology and geophysics in mantle and lithosphere studies. We seek outstanding students to actively contribute to a team effort in the Australian Laureate project “Deep Earth Cycles of Carbon, Water and Nitrogen” (

Direct entry into the PhD programme at Macquarie requires completion of a two-year Masters degree with a major research component at Distinction level (75%). For applicants with an Honours or shorter Masters degree, there are also MRES/PhD package scholarships which enable completion of MRES as a training pathway to a Doctoral degree.

International scholarships include living stipend and fees for 3 years. Applications are now open: application deadline is July 31st.

There is also an option for co-tutelle projects with partner universities.

You are encouraged to discuss a research proposal before completing your on-line application. Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof. Stephen Foley ([Email Address Removed]) or Prof Olivier Alard ([Email Address Removed]). We also encourage students to suggest their own research themes. Enquiries about openings further into the future are also welcome.
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