Microinclusions in porphyry Cu deposits

Influence of microinclusions in alteration and vein minerals on vectoring and fertility assessments of porphyry Cu deposits

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Closing date

18 July 2022



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About the research project

This PhD project is aimed at better understanding how different inclusion populations in minerals can influence outcomes of vectoring and fertility assessments of porphyry Cu deposits. The main focus will be on mineral inclusions (rutile, zircon, titanite, etc) in chlorite and white mica from diverse porphyry Cu deposits that range in size from small to supergiant. The research project will involve acquiring new LA-ICPMS data, assessing legacy data and characterisation of microinclusion populations using SEM and EPMA, and will include method development for microinclusion characterisation and analysis. This project would be conducted as part of AMIRA P1249 project: ‘Exploring, characterising, and optimising complex orebodies – Integrated deposit knowledge to add value across the Mining Value Chain’.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Ivan Belousov


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Honours or Masters degree with a substantial geochemical component, or equivalent
  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

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:

  • Marks for Honours or Masters degree

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Publications in international peer-review literatur
  • Industry experience

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 Ivan Belousov to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. 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 by the advertised outcome date.

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