The School of Environment and Science at Griffith University invites applications for a PhD scholarship in the field of marine geochemistry. The candidate will work with Dr William Bennett (Griffith), Professor Enzo Lombi (University of South Australia) and Professor Donald Canfield (University of Southern Denmark) on their Australian Research Council Discovery Project “Unravelling vanadium biogeochemistry in modern marine sediments to trace ancient oxygen”. The Project will involve the application of cutting-edge analytical techniques, including the Australian Synchrotron, to improve our understanding of the geochemistry of redox-sensitive trace metals, such as vanadium, in the marine environment. Ultimately, this new knowledge will be used to better interpret the ancient rock record, and thus improve our understanding of the evolution of oxygen over Earth’s history.

The successful PhD candidate will have the opportunity to work in a laboratory and field setting, and will be trained in advanced analytical techniques such as Inductively Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS), diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) and Synchrotron-based X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS). This project will also provide opportunities to work for short periods at the University of South Australia and the University of Southern Denmark.

Interested applicants should submit an expression of interest (EOI) to Dr William Bennett ( containing:

  1. A statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship (1 page)
  2. A brief CV (2-3 pages)
  3. Two professional references

Suitable applicants will then be invited to apply online.

The 2019 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $27,596 (indexed) for a period of 3 years of full-time study. International candidates will also receive a tuition scholarship

All applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity to carry out independent research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study.  Applicants must have completed a Bachelor Degree with Class 1 Honours or be regarded by Griffith University as having an equivalent level of attainment in accordance with the Higher Degree Research Scholarship policy.

International students are eligible to apply and, if successful, would receive a tuition scholarship alongside the living allowance.

Expressions of interest should be received by 11:59pm on 28 February 2019.

For project-related enquiries please contact:

Dr William Bennett

For administration enquiries please contact:

Griffith Graduate Research School
Phone: (07) 3735 3817

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