Here is an exciting opportunity to study new methods of geological data analysis and visualisation which could lead to entirely new approaches for the mineral exploration strategy within the Dolgellau Gold Belt, Wales.
The selected candidate will apply their geological and geochemical skills and ambition to a new exploration data set, which will be used to evaluate the spatial distribution and significance of the geochemical anomalies in terms of potential exploration models and targets. The training and research will allow the student to develop transferable knowledge and skills in this most exciting and active field of ore genesis research.
This Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) project will be held in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science at the University of South Wales. KESS is a programme funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) awarded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) in the Welsh Government.
In this project we will apply world-leading geostatistical and visualisation methods to the significant ~2000 sample, multi-variate geochemical dataset available for the Dolgellau Gold Belt. The data will be considered in light of the known geology of the target area, new exploration data sets and compared with modern models for gold mineralisation in similar geological terrains. Data will be used to evaluate the spatial distribution and significance of the geochemical anomalies in terms of potential exploration models and targets. The project is backed by Alba Mineral Resources (Gold Mines of Wales Ltd) who are actively undertaking mineral exploration of the Dolgellau Gold belt with the express aim of discovering new sources of Welsh Gold.
Programme of research:
The student will be based at the University of South Wales and will initially work in collaboration with the supervisory team at USW and the Partner Advisor at Alba Mineral Resources. Following the successful recruitment of a suitably qualified graduate (BSc Geology) the project team will participate in an induction and familiarisation exercise in the exploration area, gaining an appreciation of the regional setting, company ethos and expectations.
An understanding of the regional geochemical soil sampling campaign will be gained allowing the student and supervision team to have a clear understanding of the strengths and any limitations of the available dataset. Statistical and data analysis and visualisation packages will be agreed upon and the candidate will be provided with training in the agreed methodology. Alba Mineral Resources will provide the soil geochemical dataset along with additional data accrued throughout the study, including drillhole data.
A thorough review of existing relevant literature covering the regional geology, mining history, gold mineralisation models and geochemical exploration will be carried out. Data analysis and visualisation will be carried out. The geochemical dataset will be integrated with other outputs arising from ongoing exploration carried out by Alba Mineral Resources.
The candidate will then complete their MRes and research outputs with the express aim of developing an exploration model that can be applied to the greater Dolgellau Gold Belt under licence to Alba Mineral Resources. Joint progress and review meetings will be held between the candidate, supervisory team and the company on a monthly basis.
To download an application package, please visit: Participant Application Package
For any queries on eligibility, please contact: KESS Team at Research and Innovation Services, University of South Wales: [email protected]
Tel: 01443 482578
For informal enquiries or further programme information, please contact: Dr Duncan Pirrie, Associate Professor of Geology
Further information at: https://www.albamineralresources.com
Closing date for applications: midnight Sunday 26th January 2020
Interviews will be held w/c (TBC)