Student Opportunities

Dr. Kendall is actively seeking motivated, enthusiastic, and hard-working postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students to participate in research on sedimentary geochemistry and metal isotope geochemistry. 

 

Postdoctoral Fellows

Recent doctoral graduates or doctoral students nearing completion of a PhD thesis are encouraged to contact me to discuss possible funding opportunities, such as the:

AMTD Waterloo Global Talent Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (https://uwaterloo.ca/graduate-studies-postdoctoral-affairs/welcome-postdoctoral-affairs/find-postdoc-funding/amtd-waterloo-global-talent-postdoctoral-fellowship).

Banting postdoctoral fellowship (http://banting.fellowships-bourses.gc.ca/en/home-accueil.html)

NSERC postdoctoral fellowship (http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PD-NP/PDF-BP_eng.asp).

 

 

PhD and MSc Students (thesis)

PhD and MSc student positions are available to support the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair program on Redox-Sensitive Metal Isotope Geochemistry, led by Dr. Brian Kendall. These fully funded positions may be for any of the following research areas:

1) Quantitatively constrain changes in Proterozoic and Phanerozoic ocean oxygenation using metal isotope systems and infer the influence of ocean redox conditions on patterns of eukaryotic/metazoan evolution and extinction

2) Developing the new rhenium isotope system as a paleoceanographic tracer via analysis of modern sediments and Precambrian/Phanerozoic black shales

3) Metal isotope systems as tracers for ore-forming processes (e.g., orogenic gold, porphyry, sediment-hosted base metal)

 

Students accepted for these positions will have access to Dr. Kendall’s Metal Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory, which includes a Nu Plasma II multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, an Agilent 8800 triple quadrupole inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, a Photon Machines Analyte G2 laser ablation system, an UltraWAVE microwave digestion system, and a HEPA-filtered clean room with four ULPA-filtered acid-exhaust hoods, water purification system, two acid distillation systems, weighing balances, centrifuge, and hot plates. Students will also have access to a wide range of other departmental analytical facilities.

 

Prior experience with metal isotope geochemistry is an asset. PhD student stipends are ~$25,000 CDN / year for four years. MSc student stipends are ~$22,500 CDN / year for two years. Opportunties exist for students to secure their own funding, such as the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (http://www.vanier.gc.ca/en/home-accueil.html), NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral program (http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/CGSD-BESCD_eng.asp), NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's program (http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/CGSM-BESCM_eng.asp), and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (https://osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal/en/A-ZListofAid/PRDR017871.html).

 

Further information about the PhD and MSc programs in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences can be found at http://uwaterloo.ca/earth-environmental-sciences/graduate-students. The University of Waterloo fully embraces the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Please email Dr. Kendall at bkendall@uwaterloo.ca with any questions about the PhD or MSc programs or the research projects.

 

Interested students should apply at https://uwaterloo.ca/graduate-studies-postdoctoral-affairs/future-students/applying.

 

MSc Students (research paper option)

Students are welcome to contact me to discuss opportunities. This is a 1-year, non-funded program (i.e, no student stipend) with 6 courses and a small research project.

 

BSc Students (honors thesis)

Students are now welcome to contact me to discuss opportunities for the 2020-2021 academic year. Research projects typically involve sedimentary geochemistry - the interpretation of elemental data from sedimentary rocks. Students learn how to carry out sample digestions in a clean laboratory and receive an introduction to triple quadrupole inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Alternatively, students can carry out paleoenvironmental modeling studies using geochemical data.