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PhD in Earth Sciences: Critical metals and deep time: decoding the interplay of magmatism, structure and mineralisation

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Critical metals are commodities vital to industry, modern technology or green energy production. Our reliance on them is rising rapidly and supplies of some metals are already under severe stress. Although Pb-Zn mineral veins are commonplace globally, little research has been done to understand their association with critical metals such as germanium and indium, which are known to be enriched in some deposits. Scotland, and particularly the region around Strontian in the Highlands, represents a natural testing ground for the inter-relationship of magmatism, structural geology and mineralising episodes in the generation of Pb-Zn deposits. This study will comprise a new multi-disciplinary assessment of the Strontian area, the type locality for the element strontium. The project aims to determine the:
1) Spatial-temporal distribution and structural relationships of magmatic and hydrothermal activity, particularly post-dating the Late Caledonian Strontian pluton.
2) Paragenesis, timing and source of Pb-Zn carbonate and baryte mineralised veins around Strontian.
3) Prospects of the Strontian area for critical metals such as germanium and indium needed for modern technology.
For full details, including a broader description, methodology, training, skills, related information and contact details, please see:

Application Deadline :

Friday 10th January 2020 at 5 pm; both to University of Glasgow and to IAPETUS2

IAPETUS2 is looking for candidates with the following qualities and backgrounds:
• A first or 2:1 undergraduate degree, or have relevant comparable experience – we welcome applications from those with non-traditional routes to PhD study;
• In addition, candidates may also hold or be completing a Masters degree in their area of proposed study or a related discipline; &
• An outstanding academic pedigree and research potential, such as evidenced through the publication of articles, participation in academic conferences and other similar activities.

Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK applicants, and EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for 3 years or more prior to the commencement of their PhD studies, as well as paying a stipend at the Research Council rate (£15,009 for Session 2019-20).

International candidates are not eligible to be considered. Where an EU candidate has not been resident in the UK for 3 years or more prior to the commencement of their studies with IAPETUS2, they will only be eligible for a fees-only studentship.

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