Geology & genesis of the Havieron deposit

Geology, geochemistry, and genesis of the Havieron gold-copper deposit, Paterson Provence, Western Australia

Degree type


Closing date

14 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore


$30,000pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

CODES and industry partner Newcrest Mining, are offering a unique and exciting PhD research opportunity for a suitably qualified and experienced candidate. The successful applicant will conduct detailed geological and geochemical research in order to determine the origins of the newly-discovered Havieron gold-copper deposit in Western Australia. Havieron is centred on a deep magnetic anomaly located 45km east of Telfer in the Paterson Province, with Au-Cu mineralization overlain by more than 400 m of post-mineralisation Permian cover. Drilling has intersected higher-grade gold and copper bearing sulfide-carbonate pyrrhotite-rich breccias and replacement-style mineralisation in the Neoproterozoic carbonate host rocks at Havieron. This study is ideally timed to provide essential orebody knowledge that will impact on the development of the Havieron Project.

The candidate will conduct detailed geological logging, and geochemical, FTNIR, and SWIR analyses to characterise the magmatic and hydrothermal paragenesis of Havieron, and to constrain the geometry and genesis of the higher-grade gold-copper hydrothermal breccias using a variety of geological and geochemical techniques. The candidate will also determine the absolute timing of magmatism, hydrothermal activity, and mineralisation at Havieron, and will compare and contrast Havieron with the nearby giant Telfer gold-copper deposit to determine the origins of this enigmatic Australian Neoproterozoic Au-Cu province. The candidate will have full access to the extensive Havieron drill core library, along with state-of-the-art high-resolution spectroscopy data (Corescan) and a limited volume of core-based (TruScan) microbeam pXRF data, along with high resolution photography and multi-acid geochemistry on all core samples. The candidate will integrate these data with their own geological and geochemical datasets to constrain the physicochemical conditions of hydrothermal alteration and ore deposition at Havieron, enabling the development of novel genetic and exploration models for this new style of Cu-Au deposit to aid exploration.

This project will run in collaboration with CODES, the Central Sciences Laboratory, and Newcrest Mining.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Lejun Zhang


The successful applicant will receive a scholarship which provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $30,000 per annum for 3.5 years
  • research funding of $40,000 pa for 3 years from Newcrest Mining Ltd
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

International applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.


The project is open to domestic (Australia and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from International applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Economic Geology
  • Geology
  • Geochemistry
  • Earth Sciences

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience designing and conducting independent field or lab-based research, or equivalent industry experience is required
  • Proficiency in written and oral English is required

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Industry experience with regards mineral exploration and/or mine geology, and/or academic research experience in economic geology, mineralogy, geochemistry, or other fields of geological research is preferred

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Lejun Zhang, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.

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