CODES – Centre for Ore Deposit and Earth Sciences

PhD - The tectonic significance of mafic/ultramafic igneous rocks in western Tasmania

The Research Project

Geochemistry of igneous rocks is an important indicator of the tectonic settings of their formation used to constrain both the origin of geological formations in ancient terrains and geodynamic models of Earth evolution. The project will be undertaken in close collaboration with Mineral Resources Tasmania. The project will focus on detailed understanding of geochemical features and field relationships of several mafic/ultramafic magmatic series occurring within Cambrian orogenic sequences in western Tasmania formed during the Tyennan Orogeny when the proto-Tasmanian continental block had collided with an intra-oceanic subduction zone.

The project will involve both field work in western Tasmania aimed at detailed sampling of some of the mafic/ultramafic series and documenting their relationships with the surrounding units, and the use of state-of-the-art analytical and experimental techniques to investigate in detail rock and mineral chemistry, rock textures and the compositions of melt and mineral inclusions in phenocrysts. This project would suit a student with a strong background in igneous petrology and geochemistry and a good knowledge of Tasmanian geology. The successful candidate will be able to access cutting edge UTAS research facilities within CODES Analytical Laboratories and the Central Science Laboratory (CSL). Mineral Resources Tasmania will provide financial support for analytical and field work.


The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

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

  • Experience in igneous petrology and Tasmanian geology
  • Good written and verbal scientific communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a research team as well as independently

More Information

Please contact the Primary Supervisor, Prof. Leonid Danyushevsky (, School of Natural Sciences (CODES), for further information.

Closing date

October 10th, 2019

Published on: 20 Sep 2019 9:33am