M.Sc. and Ph.D. Projects in Sustainable Mineral Resources, Biogeochemistry, and Environmental Behaviour of Minerals

Commitment to diversity:
The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

Position description:
Applications are welcome at any time for M.Sc. and Ph.D. projects in the Environmental Economic Geology Laboratory at the University of Alberta. Graduate researchers will join an interdisciplinary research team under the supervision of Dr. Sasha Wilson.

Our team is always looking for independent, creative and collaborative students who are interested in developing new ideas (1) to improve the environmental sustainability of mineral resource extraction, (2) that forward our understanding of how biology affects pore water chemistry and mineralogy in sedimentary environments, and (3) that provide insights into how the properties and behaviours of minerals shape environmental change from tiny pores to the landscape scale.

Applicants should have an Honours bachelor’s degree (for the M.Sc.) or a master’s degree (for the Ph.D.) in Earth or environmental sciences, chemistry, materials science or a closely allied field. Previous laboratory or field research experience in mineralogy, aqueous geochemistry or biogeochemistry is advantageous. Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis as positions become available for January or September start dates. Successful applicants will have opportunities to conduct experiments in the laboratory, field and/or at synchrotron light sources as well as fieldwork in natural and/or mining environments in Canada and possibly abroad. Research students will have opportunities to work together on projects to build new expertise and to collaborate with postdoctoral subject experts on the team.

How to apply:
Applicants must meet the entry requirements for the relevant degree at the University of Alberta. To apply, please provide (1) a copy of your full CV, (2) a short cover letter describing your research experience and interests (this can be in the form of an email), (3) copies of university transcripts (unofficial ones are fine), and (4) the names of no less than 3 academic references. These should be sent to Sasha Wilson at Please address questions about research projects to the same email account. Please note that the availability of graduate projects is subject to current funding conditions and the availability of positions.