SUMMER STUDENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
An Undergraduate Student Field/Research Assistant is required to assist researchers in the investigation of an impact structure located in the remote Manicouagan, Quebec region. The aim of this Manicouagan Impact Research Program is to better understand the response of rocks and materials in general to the hypervelocity impact of meteorites and large projectiles with planetary bodies.
This position offers 10 weeks of employment and candidates must be familiar with outdoor pursuits and be physically fit. The student will be responsible to assist in the collection, labelling and cataloguing of samples, orienteering/surveying, be involved in the interpretation of the geology of the area and assist with field camp preparations. Modes of transport will be by helicopter, kayak, and hiking.
The student will receive valuable training in geological field work and mapping, as well as become familiar with different techniques required for field work in different terrains. The student will also gain insight into the research process. The position offers an excellent training opportunity in exploration techniques while working with an experienced geoscientist.
Training will be provided at the UNB Fredericton campus prior to leaving for the field. This will entail acquiring skills in safety, first aid, GPS, surveying/orienteering, and familiarization with essential field equipment (generators, satellite phones, etc.) and the importance of working in teams to ensure safety protocols.
The student applicant must be:
- between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
- a full-time student in the current academic year;
- attending a post-secondary institution in the fall as a full-time student;
- a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and
- legally entitled to work in Canada.
The 10-week work term starts Monday, June 24, 2013 and ends Friday, August 30, 2013.
The position pays $11.25 per hour for 36.25 hours per week.
Preference will be given to students that are studying Geology, Geoscience, Geoengineering, Geotechnical, Environmental Science, Earth/Planetary Science, Natural Resources or Forestry.
For further information regarding the position and/or Manicouagan Research Project, please feel free to contact:
Dr. Lucy Thompson, Senior Research Scientist
Planetary and Space Science Centre
University of New Brunswick
Room 221, Forestry and Geology Building
Phone: (506) 452-6352
Undergraduate Honours Project : A magnetic survey of the Manicouagan Impact Structure
Following recent mineral exploration activities, high-resolution airborne magnetic data have been obtained from the Manicouagan region of northern Quebec. Manicouagan is the 4 th largest known impact structure on Earth (90 km diameter) and was formed in the late Triassic (214 Ma ago) within a predominantly Grenville-age (~1 Ga) metamorphic terrain. An impact-generated melt sheet and central uplift of basement rocks constitute the main island.
As part of the Manicouagan Impact Research Program, led by the Planetary and Space Science Centre at UNB, Dr Karl Butler and Dr John Spray are seeking an undergraduate student to carry out geophysical modeling of the central part of this well-exposed impact structure.
The goal is to complement ongoing ground-based field activities and drill core information that reveals the internal structure of the central uplift region. The aim is to better understand the subsurface structure of the impact crater by integrating magnetic data with the distribution of lithologies and tectonic features.
If you are interested and eligible to apply for an undergraduate student honours project (typically a student with one year of study left to complete, and possessing a GPA of no less than 3.0), please contact Karl Butler (Email Karl) or John Spray (Email John) for further details. The project could also constitute a GE 5943 Research Project report or a GEOL 4913 Directed Studies course.
NOTE: Undergraduate students interested in assisting in the Manicouagan program, and who enjoy the outdoors, are encouraged to contact Karen Shea, Centre Administrator, PASSC via email (Email Karen) regarding potential summer employment.