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 (

Banting postdoctoral fellowship (

NSERC postdoctoral fellowship (



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 (, NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral program (, NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's program (, and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (


Further information about the PhD and MSc programs in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences can be found at 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 with any questions about the PhD or MSc programs or the research projects.


Interested students should apply at


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.