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PhD Studentship: Magma Emplacement and Its Evolution: Deciphering Between Magmatic and Tectonic Processes

University of East Anglia - School of Environmental Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £18,622 p.a. for 2023/24. Competition Funded Project (Home and International)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 23rd November 2023
Closes: 10th January 2024
Reference: VUKMANOVIC_UENV24ARIES

Scientific Background 

Layered intrusions represent deep-seated magma chambers that never erupted. Not only that layered intrusions provide us with an opportunity to study how magma cools and differentiates in a plutonic environment, but they also host precious metals such as platinum group elements, Ti, and V. Layered intrusions represent a natural laboratory to study deep magmatic processes, however, some are often affected by tectonic events. In such cases, their primary rock’s microstructure and geochemistry will be modified. The study area, Bjerkreim-Sokndal (BKS) layered intrusion in Southern Norway, provides ample evidence of deformation, representing the best place to study both magmatic and tectonic processes. The main aim of this project is to decipher between magmatic and post-emplacement microstructure to understand the formation and evolution of the intrusion. Additionally, the project will focus on how deformation has affected ore mineralisation hosted in BKS in terms of their microstructure and their geochemistry. The effect of deformation on ore mineralogy is essential for understanding the ore endowment of precious metals, as these metals are critical in the societal transition to greener sources of energy to achieve a carbon-zero future.  

Research Methodology 

The key objectives are to 1) differentiate between magmatic and post-emplacement microstructure, and 2) identify the effect of deformation on the geochemistry of the main rock-forming minerals. The completion of both objectives will entail a combination of 1) fieldwork and petrography; 2) electron backscatter diffraction analyses (EBSD at UEA); 3) QEMSCAN elemental mapping (University of Cambridge) and 4) microprobe analyses (University of Cambridge). The field trip will be carried out in year 1 (two weeks) and year two (two weeks) in Bjerkeim Lobe of the BKS intrusion.  

Training 

The student will gain training in the field geology where they learn how to record magmatic texture, mineralogical variations, and deformation structures. The student will be trained to analyse samples by EBSD and electron microprobe.  

Person specification 

We are looking for applicants that have a BSc/MSc in Geology or related discipline, enthusiasm for field work, and a strong motivation to succeed.

This project has been shortlisted for funding by the ARIES NERC DTP.

Successful candidates who meet UKRI’s eligibility criteria will be awarded a NERC studentship, which covers fees, stipend (£18,622 p.a. for 2023/24) and research funding. International applicants are eligible for fully-funded ARIES studentships including fees. Please note however that ARIES funding does not cover additional costs associated with relocation to, and living in, the UK.

Excellent applicants from quantitative disciplines with limited experience in environmental sciences may be considered for an additional 3-month stipend to take advanced-level courses.

ARIES is committed to equality, diversity, widening participation and inclusion in all areas of its operation. We encourage enquiries and applications from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and transgender status. Academic qualifications are considered alongside significant relevant non-academic experience.

For further information, please visit www.aries-dtp.ac.uk

Primary supervisor: Dr Zoja Vukmanovic
Start date: October 2024
For more information on this project, please visit https://www.uea.ac.uk/search/courses/

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