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Careers & Research Opportunities

Explore career and research opportunities with the Harquail School of Earth Sciences and the Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC) at Laurentian University.

If you are interested in an MSc or PhD with the Harquail School of Earth Sciences, MERC, or Metal Earth, but do not see a position of interest below, please visit our Faculty Directory and browse through our faculty profiles to identify a potential supervisor (i.e. a faculty member you would like to work with). Applicants should contact potential supervisors and inquire about the possibility of becoming a student. The application process requires a formal commitment from a faculty member to serve as the main supervisor. For more information on how to apply, view our graduate education page. 

Contact us if you have questions: Harquail School of Earth Sciences: hes@laurentian.ca, Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC): merc@laurentian.ca, Metal Earth: metalearth@laurentian.ca

See the Harquail School of Earth Sciences' related Faculty Recruitment opportunities!
  • GIS Data Visualization Specialist
  • Metal Earth M.Sc. in Exploration Geochemistry and Mineral Prospectivity 2019
  • Metal Earth PDF/Research Associate Positions April 2019
  • Metal Earth MSc Gold Fingerprinting Project May 2019
  • Metal Earth PhD Project in Passive Seismic Studies
  • Metal Earth MSc and PhD Opportunities May 2019
  • PhD Projects on Cr and Ni-Cu-PGE Deposits May Sept 2019
  • MSc or PhD in electromagnetic data acquisition and processing Sept 2019
  • Harquail PhD Scholarship Opportunities 2020
  • Université du Québec à Chicoutimi PhD & MSc Opportunities 2019
  • Metal Earth PhD: Petrogenesis and metallogenic implications of post-tectonic lamprophyres and other mafic magmas from the Superior Province, Canada

About Laurentian University

Laurentian University serves over 9,000 students on its main campus in Sudbury, Ontario, and is one of two bilingual universities in the province of Ontario. Laurentian has been in a phase of steady growth, realizing more than $150M in capital investments over the past five years. These include the McEwen School of Architecture, the award-winning Vale Living with Lakes Centre, the Cliff Fielding Research, Innovation and Engineering Building, a new student residence, the modernization of classrooms and labs, and the completion of an Executive Learning Centre, an Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre, and a University Club. 
Committed to its bilingual, tri-cultural mandate, Laurentian University offers an outstanding university experience in English and French with a comprehensive approach to Indigenous education. 

Laurentian’s beautiful, forested campus is surrounded by fresh-water lakes, conservation lands, and hundreds of kilometres of cross-country trails. Many faculty and students cycle, ski, snowshoe, or kayak to work, or enjoy the pristine waters of Lake Nepahwin at Laurentian’s private beach. The university is located in the geographic centre of Greater Sudbury, northern Ontario’s major urban centre (population 160,000). Laurentian University has close and productive ties to Science North, SNOLAB, Health Sciences North and two post-secondary partners, Collège Boréal and Cambrian College.


University Policy

Laurentian University is an equal-opportunity employer and is strongly committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. Laurentian University especially welcomes and encourages applications from members of visible minorities, women, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities and persons with disabilities. Applicants may self-identify as a member of an employment equity group. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

To comply with federal laws, the University is obligated to gather statistical information as to how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

The University has a policy of passive bilingualism (English/French) as a condition of tenure. Information can be found at www.laurentian.ca. LU faculty members are part of the Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA). Candidates are advised to consult the Collective Agreement at www.lufapul.ca.