PhD Scholarship: Granular Mechanics, Monash University, Australia

Melbourne Research Fellowships in University of Melbourne, Australia

PhD Scholarship: Granular Mechanics: Aix-Marseille Université and Monash University invite applications for a PhD scholarship focused on understanding the fluid and granular mechanics of magmatic sulphide ore formation. This interdisciplinary project aims to uncover the processes that lead to the formation of valuable metal ore deposits critical for renewable energy technologies.

PhD Scholarship Opportunity: The Fluid and Granular Mechanics of Magmatic Sulphide Ore Formation

Designation: DC-36

Research Area: Mathematics, Physics, Earth Sciences

Location: Marseille, France (Aix-Marseille Université) and Melbourne, Australia (Monash University)


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field such as Mathematics, Physics, Earth Sciences, or a related discipline.
  • Strong background in experimental research and/or mathematical modelling.
  • Proficiency in English (written and spoken).

Job Description: The successful candidate will undertake research exploring the interactions of two liquids (representing silicate and sulphide melts) with a granular medium. Depending on the chosen option (experimental modelling or data-driven insights), the project will involve:

  • Conducting analogue experiments at the Laboratoire IUSTI, Aix-Marseille Université.
  • Mathematical modelling at Monash University, incorporating continuum models and Navier-Stokes equations.
  • Optionally, using machine learning and AI tools for data analysis and modelling.
  • Application of findings to understand the formation of magmatic sulphide deposits under the guidance of Dr. Margaux Le Vaillant at CSIRO Mineral Resources.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should download and read the full position description here. Applications must include:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Cover letter outlining research interests and relevant experience
  • Academic transcripts
  • Contact details of two referees

Please submit your application via email to [contact_email] by [Application Deadline].

Last Date for Apply: Until position filled

This PhD scholarship offers a unique opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research in geoscience and mathematical modelling while working across two prestigious universities. Join us in unraveling the mysteries of magmatic sulphide ore formation and shaping the future of sustainable resource exploration.



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