PhD in rare-earth-element ore systems

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Help drive Australia’s critical minerals revolution with geological research that connects academia, government and industry

The PhD in rare-earth-element ore systems is funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage grant to support a full-time PhD student to undertake research on the geology of rare-earth-element ore systems in the Department of Earth Sciences.

The PhD project will examine the origins and formation conditions of a newly-recognised style heavy rare-earth-element mineralisation in central Australia. The project is industry focussed and will combine components of fieldwork, petrology and mineralogy, advanced geochemical/isotopic analysis and economic geology. The PhD candidate will join a growing and dynamic team of researchers within the University of Adelaide’s Critical Minerals Research Centre.

Eligibility: Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia who are acceptable as candidates for a PhD by Research degree at the University of Adelaide.

Stipend:  The scholarship will be for 3 years (with possible 6 month extension) and has a stipend of $28,092 (Indexed annually) per annum.

It is likely to be tax exempt, subject to Taxation Office approval.  Conditions of Award align to the RTPS and University of Adelaide Scholarship Conditions, which are available here.

Enquiries: Should be directed to Dr Carl Spandler, Department of Earth Sciences, Tel (08) 83133870, Email:

Applying:   Applicants must discuss their application with Dr Carl Spandler prior to submitting an application.

Application is a two stage process and both steps must be followed as instructed otherwise your application will be withdrawn.

  1. Application for Admission must be submitted using the Online Application Form available at: . Please indicate the name of the scholarship in the research interests field in the online application form.
  2. Please email a summary of your application for admission to Dr Carl Spandler with “Application for PhD in rare-earth-element ore systems” in the subject heading.  You can request a copy of your application summary by emailing with the subject heading 'Request for application summary'.