PhD Scholarship in deep-sea hydrothermal processes funded by the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT)

PhD Scholarship in deep-sea hydrothermal processes funded by the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT)

A call is currently open for a PhD scholarship under the project “SWIMAR – The role of ultramafic-hosted hydrothermal systems in the formation of seafloor deposits: comparison between SWIR and MAR fields“ funded by the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT).

This PhD project will be focused on the characterization of the mineralogy and geochemistry of the diverse types of mineralizations from seafloor hydrothermal vent fields hosted in ultramafic rocks. Focus will be given to sites located at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) and at the SW Indian Ridge (SWIR). The candidate will perform mineralogical characterization of the different deposits and hosted rocks (transmitted and reflected light microscopy analyses, XRD, EPMA, SEM-EDS) and geochemical analyses in diverse laboratories (whole geochemistry and isotopic analyses) located in Europe and in China.

Starting date: 1 December 2018.

Qualifications required: We are looking for a highly motivated candidate interested in seafloor hydrothermal processes with a BSc degree and a MSc in Earth Sciences/Geochemistry or related areas to enrol in a PhD in Science at USJ (possibility of enrolling in a cotutelle scheme with a partner University). Candidates must be fluent in English. Previous experience in hydrothermal systems and in mineralogical and  geochemical analyses will be valued.

Working place: The candidate is expected to be based in Macau (and in the partner university in case of cotutelle program). Most of the work and the curricular year will take place at USJ. However, the student must have availability to spend extended periods abroad developing his research work at different labs, namely at the Second Institute of Oceanography (SIO), in Hangzhou, China; at Instituto Dom Luiz of FCUL, in Lisbon, Portugal, etc. The student will have also the opportunity to participate in oceanographic missions both at the MAR and/or at the SWIR.

Conditions: Monthly stipend of MOP 12.500,00 month, 12 months per year. Travel subsidies to participate in scientific meetings and for working abroad are included. The maximum duration of the scholarship is 30 months. Expenses to participate in oceanographic missions, international meetings and to travel to labs abroad will be covered. Tuition fees are not covered ( If the position is filled during the current year, the candidate has the possibility to apply to the 2018-2019 doctoral program .

Selection criteria: Academic classification – 40%; Previous experience in mineralogy (microscopic determination of opaque and non-opaque minerals) and geochemistry – 20%; Publications in relevant areas – 20%; Interview and motivation letter 20%.

Results will be published in November 2019.

How to apply: Candidates should send the following documents to Prof. Ágata Dias (using the subject line: “PhD – SWIMAR”; email address: (1) motivation letter; (2) copy of the CV(in English) and; (3) reference letters. Candidates can also use this email for any queries regarding the position. After candidate evaluation, short-listed candidates will be called for an interview with the project coordinator. The position will remain open until filled.

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