The inverted metamorphic sequence (IMS) of the Sikkim Himalayas is characterized by a continuous increase of metamorphic grade with structural height. It contains one of the best developed Barrovian sequences of metapelitic rocks world-wide but its tectonic evolution is still unresolved. Due to its wide extent and continuous nature, the IMS serves as an excellent natural laboratory to study various rock-forming processes that occur during regional metamorphism.
The successful PhD student will derive detailed information on the metamorphic history of the IMS that will help to constrain models of its tectonic evolution. Electron probe micro-analysis will be carried out and linked to results obtained through X-ray computed tomography and thermodynamic modelling. In close collaboration with an international research team, these findings will be integrated with monazite U-Th-Pb geochronology and high-precision Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf age dating.
Applicants should hold a Master’s degree in geosciences, chemistry or physics and should be fluent in English. The ideal candidate has a background in hard-rock geology and is interested in thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of mineral reactions. The ability to actively participate in and cooperate with an international research team will be an advantage.
The position will be funded for 4 years including salary, tuition, field and laboratory expenses. International students are motivated to apply for alternative funding (e.g., https://osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal/en/A-ZListofAid/TCONT003465.html ) to cover tuition fees.
Applications including a CV with publication list, a statement of research interests, and the mail and e-mail addresses of at least two referees, should be sent by e-mail to Dr. Fred Gaidies (firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Fred Gaidies
Department of Earth Sciences
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON, K1S 5B6