CODES – Centre for Ore Deposit and Earth Sciences

MSc - Geological controls on grade by size fractionation

The Research Project

This project will investigate the specific controls on grade by size fractionation in copper deposits. The project will integrate site data (core logging etc) and laboratory data (hyperspectral logging, hardness measurements, mineralogy etc). The challenge is to recognise what aspects of ore mineralogy and texture lead to the development of significant grade by size fractionation. The aim is a predictive understanding of the processes driving responses in drill core tests and bulk samples in order to aid the recognition of suitable rock masses for grade engineering.

The student will be part of the world-renown Centre for Ore Deposit and Earth Sciences (CODES) at the University of Tasmania, and the Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE; ) Grade Engineering Program. This project complements one that focusses on controls on grade by size fractionation in gold deposits.


This project comprises a living allowance stipend plus research project costs.


The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) and to international candidates;
  • Research must be undertaken on a full-time basis;
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first-class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector;
  • Experience in ore deposits and core logging;
  • Ability to work as part of a research team and individually;
  • Good written and verbal scientific communication skills in English;
  • Other entry requirements can be found at

Candidates from the following disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Ore deposits
  • Geology
  • Geometallurgy

More Information

Full project advertisement can be found here.

Please contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Julie Hunt (, School of Natural Sciences (CODES), for further information.

Closing date

January 1st, 2020, unless filled earlier.

Published on: 01 Oct 2019 1:53pm