The School of Environment and Science at Griffith University invites applications for a PhD scholarship in the field of marine geochemistry. The candidate will work with Dr William Bennett (Griffith), Professor Enzo Lombi (University of South Australia) and Professor Donald Canfield (University of Southern Denmark) on their Australian Research Council Discovery Project “Unravelling vanadium biogeochemistry in modern marine sediments to trace ancient oxygen”. The Project will involve the application of cutting-edge analytical techniques, including the Australian Synchrotron, to improve our understanding of the geochemistry of redox-sensitive trace metals, such as vanadium, in the marine environment. Ultimately, this new knowledge will be used to better interpret the ancient rock record, and thus improve our understanding of the evolution of oxygen over Earth’s history.
The successful PhD candidate will have the opportunity to work in a laboratory and field setting, and will be trained in advanced analytical techniques such as Inductively Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS), diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) and Synchrotron-based X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS). This project will also provide opportunities to work for short periods at the University of South Australia and the University of Southern Denmark.
For more information: https://www.griffith.edu.au/research-study/scholarships/geochemical-tracers-of-oxygen