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This PhD position will focus on the influence of prior contamination on the performance of remediation activities at an abandoned metal mine. This project will investigate the biogeochemical processes which contribute to the sustained release of contaminants from tailings stored under cover systems. Results of this project provide novel insights into the long-term performance of systems for the management of acid-generating mine wastes. This PhD position includes opportunities for two four-month exchange terms at the other six Network institutions.

This PhD position will focus on the application of synchrotron-based spectroscopic techniques to mine wastes. The research project will integrate X-ray spectroscopic analyses with results from other mineralogical characterization techniques to improve models of the mechanisms of contaminant release and attenuation. This PhD position includes opportunities for two four-month exchange terms at the other six Network institutions.

This PhD position will focus on emerging contaminants in mine-impacted waters. This student will measure concentrations of blasting residuals and other emerging contaminants in water samples from waste-rock and tailings impoundments. This research will lead to an enhanced understanding of the distribution of blasting residuals and other emerging contaminants in receiving water bodies, thus providing a basis for determining whether these measurements can be used as tracers of anthropogenic activity. This PhD position includes opportunities for two four-month exchange terms at the other six Network institutions.

This PhD position will investigate the effectiveness of organic-carbon cover systems on sulfide-rich tailings at an active base-metal mine site. This student will characterize the hydrology, geochemistry, mineralogy, and microbiology of the cover system and the underlying tailings, estimate the potential impact of the cover system on future loadings from the tailings impoundment to the adjacent environment, and apply new tools to improve quantification of contaminant loadings. This PhD position includes opportunities for two four-month exchange terms at the other six Network institutions.

This PhD position will focus on permeable reactive barriers (PRBs) for treatment of mine drainage. This student will conduct field sampling at existing PRB installations that were installed 10-15 years ago to determine their ongoing effectiveness, and to evaluate whether predictions made more than a decade ago accurately represent field performance. In addition, this student will conduct laboratory-based testing and numerical modelling to evaluate new PRB materials. This PhD position includes opportunities for two four-month exchange terms at the other six Network institutions.

This PDF position will focus on emerging contaminants in mine-impacted waters. This PDF will measure concentrations of blasting residuals and other emerging contaminants in water samples from waste-rock and tailings impoundments. This research will lead to an enhanced understanding of the distribution of blasting residuals and other emerging contaminants in receiving water bodies, thus providing a basis for determining whether these measurements can be used as tracers of anthropogenic activity. This PDF position includes opportunities for a four-month exchange term at one of the other six Network institutions.