Western Australia, Australia
Date Posted
6 Mar 2024

PhD Project

PhD position in Geochemistry at Curtin University

Western Australia, Australia
6 Mar 2024

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Position Description

PhD position in Geochemistry at Curtin University
Position overview:
Associate Professor Xuan-Ce Wang from Department of Applied Geology, Curtin University is looking for a motivated PhD student to join his Geochemical Dynamics and Resources Research group. This is an immediate opening PhD position with full financial support (tuition and stipend). The potential research areas include: (a) the role of Earth’s deep volatile cycling in the early Earth geodynamic system (one PhD position); (b) Isotope dating and fingerprinting of hydrocarbons and their source rocks for petroleum exploration (one PhD position).
A/Prof. Wang is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and an international inorganic and isotope geochemist. His research focus on the behaviour of specific elements and isotope systems in high-temperature magmatic system and low-temperature basin thermal fluid system. He has 63 publications in refereed, international journals, which have got 3435 ISI citations with h-index of 21 in web of science, and 4536 with h-index of 29 in Google Scholar (Feb. 2018). His students always have a plenty of opportunities to collaborate with the group’s industry partners (e.g., GSWA, PetroChina, etc.) and government labs (John de Laeter Centre, Geoscience Research Centre (TIGeR), Chinese Academy of Sciences, etc.). He will strive to help the group’s students achieve their career goals such as academic faculty members, research scientists at government/industry research labs, and industrial occupations. For more information about Wang’s research, please visit
• Preferred candidates should be self-motivated, responsible, and hardworking;
• Background in geology, geochemistry or other relevant areas (Bachelors or Masters, Master’s degree by Research preferred);
• A solid background in any one of the following will be a crucial plus: mineralogy & petrology; igneous geology; inorganic/organic /isotopic geochemistry; petroleum geology;
• Previous research experience is a strong plus;
• Good English communication and writing skills is essential. If the candidate is not a passport holder from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom or the United States of America, he/she should satisfy Curtin University’s Minimum English Entry Requirements (e.g., IELTS (Academic): R/L/S/W, 6.5 & Overall 7.0).
Application Submission Deadline: 10 May 2018
Information about the university:
Curtin University is an Australian public research university based in Bentley, Perth, Western Australia. Curtin University is a member of Australian Technology Network (ATN), and is active in research in a range of academic and practical fields, especially in Resources and Energy (e.g., mineral deposits, petroleum and gas). Curtin University has a leading Earth Science and Geochemistry research group that received the top ranking of “5” in the recent ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) ranking exercise.
The requirement of PhD students:
1) Hold a Master’s degree in geochemistry or petrology; first-class honours students may also be considered;
2) For non-English speaking, the minimum individual IELTS (International English Language) score should be not less than 6.5 (R/L/S/W), and the overall average of total score should be not less than 7.0. We do not accept the applicant who do not provide the evidence for English Test Score.
3) The application documents should including reprint copy of publications, IELTS report, Masters or Honours degree thesis, and CV.

How to Apply

If you are interested, please contact A/Prof. Wang at email a single PDF file including: (1) Statement of Motivation (no more than one page); (2) Curriculum Vitae, or Resume; (3) Evidence of IELTS (Academic) or TOEFL test scores (valid for two years from date of testing) for non-English speaking candidates; (4) Representative publication(s), if any (in English, or at least, with an English abstract; thesis fine); (5) Anything else could strengthen your profile. Applicants who make to the shortlist will be contacted for an interview.

Position Category: Geosciences. Position Type: PhD Project.