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PhD Position: James Cook University

The Economic Geology Research Centre (EGRU) at James Cook University (JCU) is looking for a PhD student available to start immediately to work on a project researching the magmatic evolution and magma fertility for Cu-Au-REE mineralization of the Mary Kathleen Domain, Mount Isa Inlier.

This projects is part of a larger research effort that we are conducting together with the Geological Survey of Queensland (GSQ) to improve the exploration potential in the Mount Isa region. As part of this project you will work with EGRU researchers, GSQ staff and exploration geologists from various mining companies operating in the region. This is a unique opportunity to advance your research career and learn new skills as part of a world class research team.

This project will benefit from recently rejuvenated analytical facilities at the Advanced Analytical Centre at JCU, and will include: micro-imaging, whole rock and in-situ major and trace element geochemistry; U-Pb dating of zircon, (± titanite, apatite, monazite); Hf isotopes in zircon; Nd isotopes in apatite, titanite & REE minerals; whole rock radiogenic isotopes, etc.

The successful applicant will make extensive use of these facilities and contribute to developing new research methods. We are looking for a candidate who has field geology and laboratory experience with at least one of the above techniques and who is willing to contribute to the research effort within EGRU. A first class Honours or a Masters by research are essential to be eligible for PhD studies at JCU. International applicants are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to Australian and New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

If you are interested in being part of our team and would like more information about this project please contact one of the project leaders:

Prof. Paul Dirks (paul.dirks@jcu.edu.au)

Assoc. Prof. Carl Spandler (carl.spandler@jcu.edu.au)

Dr. Ioan Sanislav (ioan.sanislav@jcu.edu.au)

More information about the Geoscience department and EGRU can be found here.

Queensland Collaborative Exploration Initiative – Round 1 grants available now

The Queensland Government’s Collaborative Exploration Initiative (CEI) commenced on 14 August 2017. The initiative provides funding assistance to test high risk or innovative exploration concepts used to understand the geology and prospectivity of under-explored areas.

Funding of $3.6 million has been allocated to the Initiative and is open to existing mineral, petroleum, gas, coal and geothermal explorers working in North West Queensland Mineral Province.

$1.2 million of Round 1 grant funding is now available. Grants offered under the CEI will meet up to half of the direct activity costs, to a maximum of $200,000, for an approved project. An incentive of up to an additional $100,000 applies to Round 1 if the project is completed by 10 August 2018.

CEI builds on funding offered by the previous Collaborative Drilling Initiative (CDI). The new CEI has been expanded to also include both drilling activities and non-drilling activities such as geophysics, geochemistry, and other surveys.

Explorers can now apply for the Collaborative Exploration Initiative in north-west Queensland. Applications for CEI Round 1 must be received by 29 September 2017.

Visit the Queensland Government exploration grants website for more information.

Digging Deeper

Save the Date

This year Digging Deeper 2017 will be held on Wednesday 6 December 2017 at the Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Centre.

A preliminary program and registration information will be available at a future date.

Teaching tomorrow’s leaders

Local students gathered at CQUniversity in Gladstone for a specifically designed two-day course to bridge their writing abilities between school and university and introduce them to the importance of safety in the resources sector.

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The Introduction to Safety, Industry and Academic Writing course was provided by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) and CQUniversity to prepare students who are moving onto university. The course provides the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) students with an introduction to safety delivered by QGC, an onsite visit to local industry and one-to-one discussions with an engineering team. All of students took a lot out of the experiences and were thankful for the opportunity to take part in the course, especially with university just around the corner.

Queensland Resources Council Resources Recap, 30 September 2016

Ian Macfarlane to take the helm at Queensland Resources Council

The Queensland Resources Council’s next Chief Executive will be former long-serving federal minister Mr Ian Macfarlane.

In announcing this appointment, incoming president of the Queensland Resources Council, Rag Udd, said that the board of the Queensland Resources Council was delighted to have secured the services of someone of the calibre of Ian Macfarlane.

‘Ian has had a distinguished career in the federal parliament and for most of that time served as a Minister or shadow Minister in portfolios which included responsibility for the resources sector,’ Mr Udd said.

‘Ian is much admired in the resources sector for his deep knowledge of and affinity for the sector. He has proven himself to be bipartisan in his approach to policy and advocacy.

‘Ian brings to the role a deep knowledge of bureaucracy, government and industry players, which means that he will be able to hit the ground running.’

Mr Udd said that Mr Macfarlane had extensive experience working in the industry association space. Prior to his 18 year career in federal politics, Ian spent nearly seven years as president of the Grain Growers Association in Queensland.

Mr Macfarlane said that, after a brief interlude since he retired from politics earlier this year, he was well and truly ready to tackle the challenges facing the resources sector in Queensland.

‘The Queensland Resources Council is a highly respected industry peak body on both sides of politics and throughout the wider community and I am honoured to be asked to build on the excellent work of outgoing Chief Executive Michael Roche,’ Mr Macfarlane said.

Mr Udd said that an induction and handover process will commence next month and Mr Macfarlane will formally take over as QRC Chief Executive on 17 November.

Queensland Resources Council Media Release, 26 September 2016