Fully Funded PhD Opportunity: PhD Student (Geology)

Earth Sciences, MERC

Fully Funded PhD Opportunity 2015:

Job Description and Project Description below:


Laurentian University’s Department of Earth Sciences and Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC) is looking for a PhD student for a project on the structural and metamorphic controls on low-sulphide PGE mineralization in Sudbury.  The project will be done with the Ontario Geological Survey, which is located on the Laurentian campus. Two project geologists from the OGS will be involved which will provide great opportunities for field interactions and discussions.  The field crews will be staying in Sudbury and commuting to the field area every day.


All the research costs (geochemistry, SEM, microprobe) will be covered by the OGS.  The student will be employed by the OGS for 4-5 months for a salary of $20,000 and $21,000 per year.  The student will also be eligible for a GTA from Laurentian ($12,000).The project starts this summer.


We will welcome applications from Canadians or permanent residents with a MSc in Geology.  Students with a Honours BSc degree, who would be willing  to start as a MSc student and upgrade to a PhD after one year, are also encouraged to apply.



If you are interested or for more information please contact Dr. Bruno Lafrance: or Tel: 705-675-1151 ext. 2264


Project Description:

Structural  and metamorphic controls on low sulfide PGE-rich mineralization associated with the Sudbury impact structure


 A multi-year Ontario Geological Survey (OGS) mapping project in the Sudbury area provides an opportunity for a collaborative thesis project between the Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC), Laurentian University, and the OGS. Students with an interest in a mapping-based thesis that focuses on structural, metamorphic, and lithologic controls on PGE mineralization are encouraged to apply. The goals of the project are to better define how these deposits formed by integrating their structural and lithologic setting and the relative timing of mineralization with respect to the structural and metamorphic evolution of their host rocks.