MERC, in partnership with Blue Star Gold Corp., is seeking a MSc student to undertake a field-based mapping project to outline the structural and stratigraphic framework of the Ulu gold deposit. This project is within the Slave Province in Nunavut, part of the High Lake greenstone belt. The goal of this project is to provide a structural/stratigraphic context for the Ulu deposit, focused on structural observations, geologic mapping and lithogeochemical sampling. These will be combined with standard petrography (transmitted and reflected light) and SEM observations. The project is fully funded and will be supervised by Drs Bruno Lafrance, Ross Sherlock and Blue Star Gold’s technical team.

The successful candidate will integrate within Blue Star Gold’s exploration team adhering to their health and safety standards while in the field and working collectively to advance an understanding of the project. Fieldwork will be during the summers of 2022 and 2023 in the far north of Nunavut, based in a field camp. Experience in geologic mapping, greenstone belt geology and gold deposits is an asset.

To apply, please forward your application and cover letter to Courtney Folz at The application should include: a CV including academic transcripts, contact details and the names of three referees. Review of applications will begin immediately, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC), which is a semi-autonomous research center at Laurentian University and comprises an internationally-recognized group of researchers from Harquail School of Earth Sciences and partners within academia, industry and government. As a research center, MERC focuses on field-based collaborative research on Exploration and Precambrian Ore Systems. MERC is the lead organization on the Metal Earth project.

Blue Star is focused on gold exploration and development within Nunavut, Canada. Blue Star controls 16,645 hectares of highly prospective and underexplored mineral properties in the High Lake greenstone belt, Nunavut including the Ulu Gold Property, an advanced gold and silver project.

Laurentian University is a bilingual (French-English), tri-cultural institution. 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, Canadians and permanent residents will be considered first for these positions.