EASC Graduate Research Opportunities

SFU Earth Sciences welcomes applicants for Graduate Studies in all of our areas of research. Our Faculty Page will introduce you to our faculty and their research, and listed below are just a few of the graduate research opportunities currently available:

  1. Magmatism, Tectonics and Crustal Evolution
  2. Glaciology
  3. Exploration or Earthquake Seismology
  4. Engineering Geology and Resource Geotechnics
  5. Ore Deposits, Petrology & Geochemisty
  6. Quaternary & Environmental Earth Sciences
  7. Structural Geology, Geochronology, & Tectonics
  8. Geochemical Modelling of CO2 Storage

Engineering Geology and Resource Geotechnics

Applications are welcome at any time from students interested in engineering geology, rock mechanics and/or soil mechanics and their application to surfac e and underground mining, civil engineering and the stability of natural slopes. Please visit our webpages http://www.sfu.ca/~tafgrc/ to see current projects and recent publications.

Contact Doug Stead: Email: dstead@sfu.ca


The SFU Glaciology Group within the Department of Earth Sciences conducts research in the areas of glacier and ice-sheet dynamics and cryosphere-climate interactions. Graduate projects combine observational and modelling studies, with opportunities for field work in northern and western Canada. Further information can be found at http://www.sfu.ca/~gflowers/. Prospective students interested in this area of research are encouraged to send an inquiry with a CV and transcripts to Dr. Gwenn Flowers (gflowers@sfu.ca). High academic standing and a B.A. or B.Sc. in Earth sciences, physics or a related discipline is required. Applicants must have at least the equivalent of university-level calculus and  physics.

Magmatism, Tectonics and Crustal Evolution

Students who are interested in graduate projects on igneous rocks, geochemistry, sedimentary provenance and tectonic processes, are invited to apply to Dr. Derek Thorkelson dthorkel@sfu.ca. Projects typically involve field work and a variety of analytical methods, with the findings applied to regional or global tectonics. Currently, potential projects are located in northern Yukon (Precambrian continental reconstructions) and southern British Columbia (Tertiary magmatism and slab windows). For more information, see http://www.sfu.ca/earth-sciences/people/faculty/thorkelson.html

MSc/PhD Project in Exploration Seismology

Applications are invited for one M.Sc. or Ph.D. student. Potential projects involve reprocessing of existing onshore seismic reflection data from British Columbia and deep water marine reflection data. The objective of these projects is to produce high quality images of crustal structures, and to relate these to the tectonic evolution of the region. The project is suitable for students seeking a career in the oil exploration industry.

The ProMAX and Claritas seismic reflection data processing packages and the Kingdom Suite and Petrel seismic interpretation software are available within the department. The SAC earthquake processing package and various utility software such as GMT and Matlab are also available. Existing hardware includes a 32-core shared memory computational platform and multiprocessor SunBlade 2000 workstation, 4 Terabyte of disk storage and various tape drives, plus access to the WestGrid supercomputer network.

Simon Fraser University is located in the Greater Vancouver area, approximately 30 minutes from the downtown core. For further information, contact Andrew J. Calvert (Email: acalvert@sfu.ca).  For information on how to apply go to: https://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/future/application_process.html. Applications will be considered at any time and should include a brief statement of research interests.

Ore Deposits, Petrology & Geochemisty

A variety of thesis topics are available for potential MSc. and PhD. students interested in topics such as Economic Geology, Metamorphism, Pressure-Temperature-time Paths and Fluid-Rock Interaction. My acceptance policy is based generally on academic and work experience. A background in ore deposits, petrology or geochemistry is preferred. Additional information is available at www.sfu.ca/~marshall or  by email (marshall@sfu.ca).  

Quaternary and Environmental Earth Sciences

The Department of Earth Sciences invites applications from prospective M.Sc. and Ph.D. candidates to undertake thesis research in Quaternary and environmental earth sciences. Research topics include, but are not limited to: Quaternary geology, landslides and slope stability, floods, paleoseismology, alpine geomorphology, and paleoclimatology. Research is field and theory based, with projects available in British Columbia, Yukon Territory, and selected foreign countries. Graduate students work in a strong interdisciplinary environment spanning the fields of geology, geography, and biological sciences. Applicants will have a B.Sc. or B.A. in geology or geography and a high academic standing. Initial expressions of interest should be directed to Drs Gwenn Flowers or Brent Ward.

Structural Geology, Geochronology, and Tectonics

Potential M.Sc. and Ph.D. students interested in thesis projects involving Structural Geology, Geochronology and Tectonics are encouraged to apply to the Department of Earth Sciences. Projects are field-oriented, working on structural and tectonic problems in the Canadian Cordillera. Structural and petrologic analyses in the field and lab will be accompanied by acquisition of precise timing constraints using an integration of various geochronological techniques. Please contact Dr. Dan Gibson via email (hdgibson@sfu.ca) for additional details. Applicants should have a B.Sc. or B.A. in Geology, with high academic standing. A background in Structural Geology and Metamorphic Petrology is preferred. For information on how to apply go to: https://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/future/application_process.html

Geochemical Modelling of CO2 Storage

Applicants with an interest in geochemistry are being sought to conduct research in the field of CO2‐water‐rock interactions in a collaborative environment with research groups in Australia. The project combines design and implementation of laboratory experiments with development of numerical model simulations of natural analogue, laboratory and carbon storage systems.
Contact: Dr. Dirk Kirste (dkirste@sfu.ca).