Ph D Scholarship Marine Geochemistry

at Griffith University

About Griffith University

At Griffith University we believe in, strive for and celebrate the remarkable. We are known for our high impact research, outstanding student experience, our commitment to social justice and our welcoming environment. We rank in the top 2% of universities worldwide and we're proud of our remarkable achievements, of our people and their passion for making a positive difference. Together we contribute to the development of knowledge and learning in an attractive environment which values excellence, equity, diversity, and innovation.

The opportunity

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.

About you

All applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity to carry out independent research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study. Applicants must have completed a Bachelor Degree with Class 1 Honours or be regarded by Griffith University as having an equivalent level of attainment in accordance with the HDR Scholarship policy. International students are eligible to apply and, if successful, would receive a tuition scholarship alongside the living allowance.

About the scholarship

The 2019 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $27,596 (indexed) for a period of 3 years of full-time study. International candidates will also receive a tuition scholarship

What we offer

As a scholarship holder, you will study with a University that ranks among the top 3% worldwide and spans across five campuses in South East Queensland. At Griffith University, we've worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We also support the professional and personal development of all our HDR candidates and invest in the skills of our people. Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith's strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Further information

For project related enquiries please contact: Dr William Bennett Email: For administration enquiries please contact: Griffith Graduate Research School Phone: (07) 3735 3817 Email:

How to submit an expression of interest

Please do not select the "APPLY" button. All applications must be submitted as set out below: Interested applicants should submit an expression of interest (EOI) to Dr William Bennett ( containing:

  • A statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship (1 page)
  • A brief CV (2-3 pages)
  • Two professional references

Suitable applicants will then be invited to apply online.

Closing date: Expressions of interest should be received by 11:59pm on Thursday, 28 February 2019.

Bundall Queensland Australia

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