UAiPhD: Exploring the Paleozoic Warburton-Amadeus Depositional System with Novel Isotope Techniques: New Constraints on Chronostratigraphy and Thermal History of the Basins

Applications open
OPEN
Applications close
15 May 2020
Payment per year
$35,592‬
Duration
4 years
Program
The University of Adelaide Industry PhD (UAiPhD)
Degree
Postgraduate Research
Citizenship
Australian Citizens
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New Zealand Citizens
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International Students
Type of Scholarship
Academic
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The University of Adelaide Industry PhD (UAiPhD) program and scholarship

The UAiPhD is an innovative 4 year program, which includes completion of a 6 month industry placement.

As a PhD student, you will have the opportunity to work on an industry problem, while being supported by a University of Adelaide supervisor and an industry supervisor for the duration of the program.

In addition, you will undertake selected professional development activities offered through the University’s Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST) program or as directed by the industry partner. During your placement, you will gain valuable understanding on how organisations innovate and solve real world problems, and how you can make an impact with your research, while gaining a significant employment advantage.

Detailed information about the program can be found on our UAiPhD (iPhD) website.

The exciting project with Santos Ltd is highlighted below.

Project name 

Exploring the Paleozoic Warburton-Amadeus Depositional System with Novel Isotope Techniques: New Constraints on Chronostratigraphy and Thermal History of the Basins

Project description

One of the largest but poorly explored depositional systems in Australia comprises the Palezoic carbonate/siliciclastic systems of the Amadeus and Warburton Basins, located in central and South Australia, respectively. Sedimentary archives of these presumably inter-connected marine basins thus provides (i) a unique record of the Cambrian and early Paleozoic geological and biological evolution, but also (ii) potentially economic carbonate-hosted hydrocarbon and metal resources. The specific aims of this project are:

  • Create an isotope based ‘thermo-chronological model’ for the basins using results from (i) clumped isotopes in carbonates, and (ii) Rb/Sr and K/Ca dating of glauconites and illites
  • Generate a basin-wide Cambrian carbon-isotope chemostratigraphy framework for the Warburton basin, covering the Thargomindah Shelf up to Birdsville Track Ridge
  • Constrain the ages and depositional environments/distributions of the Pando Formation glauconitic sandstone and other questionable Ordovician sections
  • Integrate the acquired Rb-Sr and K-Ca geochronological data to better understand the spatial distribution of ‘missing’ Paleozoic sections in Warburton Basin, i.e., Upper Ordovician to Carboniferous strata (from ca. 450 to ~300 Ma) which based on seismic mapping have not been penetrated by the wells.

Overall, this PhD project aims to develop and apply novel isotope techniques (in-situ RbSr dating of illite/glauconite, and clumped isotope thermometry of carbonates) to better constrain (i) the absolute ages of sedimentation and organic carbon deposition in the Warburton-Amadeus basins, and the (ii) thermal and burial histories of Palaeozoic strata in these basins that in turn controlled local hydrocarbon generation. These novel isotope techniques will be complemented by more established exploration tools available at CSIRO (K-Ar dating) and/or SANTOS (biostratigraphy, geophysics).

Location and Details 

The PhD project and industry placement component will take place in Adelaide. The project may also involve travel to collaborative institutes in Perth and Sydney. While completing the PhD, students will be within the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Adelaide and will receive principal supervision from Dr. Juraj Farkas, as well as industry supervision from Santos

Scholarship and Funding 

Successful students will receive a scholarship of approximately $35,592 tax free per annum. This consists of a University funded Research Training Program Scholarship of $28,092 per annum (2020 rate), alongside an Industry Partner Scholarship of $7,500 per annum. In addition, $10,000 per annum will be provided for overall project/research support costs. International students must also be eligible to obtain a fee waiver after their application is made.

Application instructions

Applications are now open and will close on 15 May 2020. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Commencement dates/projects may need to be adjusted to ensure compliance with University policy and Government directives regarding the ever-changing COVID-19 situation.

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS

Making an Application
Applicants are required to lodge a separate online Admission and Scholarship application for each project they wish to be considered for.

Applicants must select the relevant Scholarship title from list of 3 scholarships.  You must only select one scholarship from the list per application.  The scholarship selected must relate to the project you are applying for in that application.

The title of the project you wish to be considered for must be included in the Research Interests field within the online application form.  There is a limit of one project per application.

You will also be required to include the name of the supervisor leading the project.

Project titles and Supervisor details for the available projects are:

  • SANTOS Ltd Industry Scholarship (for the project "Exploring the Paleozoic Warburton-Amadeus Depositional System with Novel Isotope Techniques: New Constraints on Chronostratigraphy and Thermal History of the Basins")                                                                                                                                    Supervisor: Dr Juraj Farkas
  • Mount Barker District Council Industry Scholarship (for the project "Understanding and Optimising Water Quality in the Laratinga Wetlands")                      Supervisor:  Associate Professor Luke Mosley
  • Maptek Pty Ltd Industry Scholarship (for the project "Semantic Understanding of 3D Point Clouds")                                                                              Supervisor:  Associate Professor Tat-Jun Chin

Within the online application you will be required to indicate your study preference. Each project is different. Please ensure you make the correct selection for each project you are applying for:

  • SANTOS Ltd:  Doctor of Philosophy / Doctor of Philosophy in Sciences / School of Physical Sciences / Earth Sciences
  • Mount Barker District Council: Doctor of Philosophy / Doctor of Philosophy in Sciences / School of Biological Sciences / Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Maptek Pty Ltd: Doctor of Philosophy / Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science / School of Computer Science / Computer Science

Required Documents for upload
Applicants for iPhD scholarships must complete the online application form and upload all requested documentation.  Where you are applying for more than one project, you must create separate applications and upload your documents into each application.

For Maptek Pt Ltd applicants only – please upload a blank document in place of a Research Proposal when prompted.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Making an Application
Applicants are required to lodge a separate online Admission and Scholarship application for each project they wish to be considered for. To submit a second application, you will be required to register as a new applicant via Apply Now using a different email address than in your first application.

Within the online application you will be required to indicate your financial support. Please ensure you make the correct selection as illustrated below. International students must also be eligible to obtain a fee waiver after their application is made.

Financial Support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will be required to indicate your study preference. Each project is different. Please ensure you make the correct selection for each project you are applying for:

  • Maptek Pty Ltd:  Doctorate / Industry Doctor of Philosophy / Computer Science
  • Mount Barker District Council: Doctorate / Industry Doctor of Philosophy / Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • SANTOS Ltd: Doctorate / Industry Doctor of Philosophy / Earth Sciences

Study Preferences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You should select Industry Doctor of Philosophy in the study preferences ‘Award Sought’

The title of the project you wish to be considered for must be included in the Research Interests field within the online application form.  There is a limit of one project per application.

Project titles and Supervisor details for the available projects are:

  • SANTOS Ltd Industry Scholarship (for the project "Exploring the Paleozoic Warburton-Amadeus Depositional System with Novel Isotope Techniques: New Constraints on Chronostratigraphy and Thermal History of the Basins")                                                                                                                                    Supervisor: Dr Juraj Farkas
  • Mount Barker District Council Industry Scholarship (for the project "Understanding and Optimising Water Quality in the Laratinga Wetlands")                      Supervisor:  Associate Professor Luke Mosley
  • Maptek Pty Ltd Industry Scholarship (for the project "Semantic Understanding of 3D Point Clouds")                                                                              Supervisor:  Associate Professor Tat-Jun Chin

research Interest and Proposal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will also be required to include the name of the supervisor leading the project as follows:

Proposed Supervisor

Required Documents for upload
Applicants for iPhD scholarships must complete the online application form and upload all requested documentation.  Where you are applying for more than one project, you must create a separate application and upload your documents into each application.

For supervision confirmation – please upload a document with the supervisor’s name on it. For these projects, there is no need to provide written confirmation from the supervisor. 

For Maptek Pty Ltd applicants only – please upload a blank document in place of a Research Proposal if prompted.

INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE

Helpful links
How to Apply: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/graduatecentre/future-students/how-to-apply
Scholarship Rounds: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/graduatecentre/scholarships

Enquiries
Online applications:
•    Domestic: hdr_admissions@adelaide.edu.au
•    International: agc.international@adelaide.edu.au

iPhD project information:
Nathan Crabe: hdrindustryenq@adelaide.edu.au

General scholarship information:
scholarships@adelaide.edu.au

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