Petrology, geochemistry and alteration of porphyry-related intrusions, Highland Valley Complex, British Columbia
This project will investigate the nature of mineralized intrusions associated with porphyry Cu-Au and mineralization in the Highland Valley Complex (HVC) of British Columbia, Canada.The successful candidate will undertake detailed petrographic and geochemical studies of intrusive and volcanic rocks affected by porphyry mineralization and alteration in the HVC. This project will form part of an ongoing collaboration with researchers at CODES, University of Tasmania, and Imperial College, University of London who are investigating the petrogenesis and mineral chemistry of porphyry deposits from around the world. This MSc study will contribute to the ongoing investigation of the evolving tectonic setting in the formation of porphyry and epithermal mineralization, and will also allow for an evaluation of the effects of whole rock compositions on alteration mineral chemistry. The successful applicant will work closely with Teck geologists working at HVC. In addition to field work in British Columbia in the summer of 2012, the project will involve analytical work at either Imperial College or the University of Tasmania as well as participation in sponsors meetings in Hobart and the Philippines.Suitable candidates will have a strong background in igneous petrology and should have completed an Honours degree in Geology. The project will be funded as part of a larger AMIRA project investigating aspects of porphyry mineralization. The successful candidate will receive a stipend of CAN$17,500 p.a. for two years, and may be eligible for a tuition scholarship and teaching assistantship worth ~$8500. Candidates may also be eligible to apply for other competitive grants and scholarships. This project will start in the summer of 2012.
For more information or to apply contact Dr Pete Hollings