Structural and architectural context of the Jundee deposit and broader Yandal gold Camp

Understanding the geological history the Yandal greenstone belt which is the host of high grade Jundee deposit


The Jundee gold deposit is hosted in the Yandal greenstone belt in the Yilgarn Archean Craton (Western Australia).

The objective of the project is to conduct an effective assessment of the controls and significance on the variations in the gold systems in the Jundee deposit and broader camp, in order to aid with the Jundee deposit mine development and near-mine exploration as well as regional targeting and delineation of further resources.

The proposed research partnership involves a project that will do a 4D reconstruction of the gold deposits by integrating the structural, metamorphic and alteration histories of the Jundee gold camp.

As part of this project the successful PhD applicant will:

  • Review of the structural and mineral paragenesis associated with mineralisation of the Jundee deposit
  • Camp scale lithostratigraphic compilation focusing on lithofacies analysis and variations highlighting fundamental architecture
  • Geochronology on selected lithostratigraphic horizons and intrusions
  • Interpretation of geophysical responses, forward modelling and delineation of the fundamental architecture through geology geophysics integration
  • Synthesis of deposit to camp scale tectono-stratigraphic and mineralisation evolution of the Yandal gold camp.

Research team leader - Dr Nicolas Thebaud

My research focused on tectonic processes, their petrological and geochemical impacts, and their control on the formation of ore deposits. I am conducting competitive and interdisciplinary research, combining hard-rock field geology, structural geology, and petrography with geochronology and isotope geochemistry.

The project is to be co-supervised by an inter-disciplinary team of excellent researchers in structural geology, ore mineralogy, geochemistry and geochronology.

Collaborations and funding

Current funding:

  • This project is supported by the $2M, 3 year Yilgarn2020 initiative, which seeks to meet the mineral exploration industry’s needs to improve predictive mineral exploration in the Yilgarn Craton.

External collaborators:

  • Yilgarn2020 is a collaboration between the CET at UWA, the State Government and industry sponsors
  • New industry sponsors can contact the project leader for information on the potential to join Yilgarn 2020.


How to apply

Interested in becoming part of this project? Complete the following steps to submit your expression of interest:

Step 1 - Check criteria

General UWA PhD entrance requirements can be found on the Future Students website.

Requirements specific to this project include:

  • You will have a strong background in Geology with some exposure to the fundamental methods of the other discipline
  • You will be willing to conduct field work in close collaboration with the mining industry.

Step 2 - Submit enquiry to research team leader

Step 3 - Lodge application

After you have discussed your project with the research team leader, you should be in a position to proceed to the next step of the UWA application process: Lodge an application. Different application procedures apply to domestic and international students.


Domestic students

All domestic students may apply for Research Training Program and University Postgraduate Awards (UPA) scholarships.

The Australian Government's Endeavour Awards and Scholarships are available to Australian applicants for study in participating countries and regions.

International students

A range of scholarships are available from international organisations and governments. The full list, organised by country, is available on the Future Students website.

In addition, all international students may apply for International Research Training Program scholarships.

The Australian Government's Endeavour Awards and Scholarships are available to international applicants from participating countries and regions.

Indigenous students
Indigenous students are encouraged to apply for Indigenous Postgraduate Research Supplementary Scholarships.
Forrest Foundation scholarships
All international and Australian students who wish to study towards the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at The University of Western Australia may apply for Forrest Scholarships.

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