PhD Scholarship in Archaeo-geochemistry: ISOTOPES AND TRACE ELEMENT IN HUMAN REMAINS

Deadline: Until position is filled
Open to: Candidates with MSc degree with a research component
Benefits: PhD scholarship


Southern Cross University, in collaboration with Agilent technologies, is offering a fully funded PhD scholarship to work in the field of archaeo-geochemistry, in particular improving our understanding of hominid exposomes using LA-ICPMS/LA-MC-ICPMS on fossil remains. The PhD will contain both robust methodological and palaeoanthropological components. Several projects are available and shortlisted candidates will be offered specific projects, depending on skills and interests. We welcome candidate with particular human evolution interest to develop their own PhD proposal.

The PhD candidate will be based in Australia, at Southern Cross University Lismore campus, (Northern NSW, close to Byron Bay), in the Faculty of Science and Engineering and will be part of the Geoarchaeology and Archaeometry Research Group.


The position is open to all domestic applicants and international applicants currently based in Australia. International applicants currently based overseas are welcomed to apply, however, current Australian Government border restrictions may impact on their application. The successful applicant will need to meet the entry requirements to enrol in a PhD at Southern Cross University on a full-time basis, including a BSc (Hons, 2nd class or above) or a MSc degree with a research component, in either Earth science, (geo)chemistry, environmental science or related fields.

Ideally, candidates will have some experience in geochemistry and either knowledge or a strong interest to work on human/primate evolution problematic. Candidate with experience with LA-CIPMS or Multicollector ICPMS from a different field of research such as medical geochemistry or related field are also strongly encourage to apply. Candidates with experience with matlab, R or similar packages is a plus.

Location: The successful applicant will be based in Lismore, New South Wales.


This scholarship represents an opportunity to complete a PhD and conduct a program of research on isotopes and trace element analytical research in human remains

The PhD student will work alongside scientists from Australia, USA, Germany, France, China and/or South Africa depending on the research topic, and who will contribute and provide guidance on characterisation techniques, trace element and isotopic analyses, dental anatomy, and/or human evolution.


For more information please visit the official website.