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MSc and PhD Student Opportunities, Mineral Exploration Research Centre, Laurentian University

Funded MSc and PhD projects are available through Metal Earth at Laurentian University. Metal Earth is a CAD $104 million project that seeks to identify and understand the processes responsible for Earth’s differential metal endowment during the Precambrian. This research initiative aims to transform our understanding of Earth’s early evolution and how we explore for metals. Specific projects include: 1) Sedimentology, detrital zircon geochronology, and geochemistry of the Archean Ament Bay assemblage, Sturgeon Lake greenstone belt, western Ontario (MSc), 2) Structural geology and stratigraphy of the Archean Steep Rock Group, Atikokan, western Ontario (MSc), 3) Gold metallogeny of the Archean Steep Rock and Finlayson greenstone belts, Atikokan, western Ontario (MSc), 4) Greenstone belt Assemblage Boundaries (PhD), and 5) Metallogeny of the Archean VMS Sturgeon Lake greenstone belt, western Ontario (PhD). Mapping experience, particularly in volcanology, structural geology, and sedimentology is an asset. The projects are fully funded for two years (MSc) and four years (PhD) through a stipend of CAD $30K/yr (includes a Laurentian Graduate Assistantship). All field and analytical costs are covered. For more information on the projects and application process, see https://merc.laurentian.ca/careers. Laurentian University especially welcomes and encourages applications from members of visible minorities, women, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities and persons with disabilities. Applicants may self-identify as a member of an employment equity group.