Research Fellow


St Lucia, QLD

Posted 7/1/2020

One of UQ’s eight research institutes, the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) consists of some 200 staff and postgraduate students covering the areas of mining and geology, mineral processing, environment and rehabilitation, water and mining, social responsibility, and safety and risk management. SMI is industry-focused and consequently works with many leading global resources companies and many small-medium enterprises and suppliers. SMI interacts strongly with governments and community. A priority for SMI is the development of talent and providing an environment for successful and rewarding careers.

SMI was founded in 2001 and since its inception has established a reputation as a unique institution for integrated sustainable development research in the resource sector. SMI is a truly global institute with staff and students from around the world. SMI’s people are also diverse in their discipline backgrounds, which range across disciplines including anthropology, geology, soil science, sociology, hydrology, environmental science, engineering and mine management.

The W.H. Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre (BRC) is known for practical innovation in mass mining and global leadership in deep mine development and operation. It has three complimentary applied research programmes that draw on expertise in geological and mining processes to target more accurate performance predictions for higher capacity mining, quantitative modelling of orebodies including variability and uncertainty for informed decision-making; achieving greater productivity from current mine to mill operations; and growing institutional capabilities in resource stewardship and advancing the discovery of deep, large ore bodies.

Information about the Centre may be accessed on their web site at

About This Opportunity

As a Research Fellow you will engage in research for industry outcomes, postgraduate teaching and supervision, and further development of the Institute’s research programs, as well as performing administrative and other activities associated with the Institute and the WH Bryan Mining & Geology Research Centre.

This position is located at our University Mine in Indooroopilly, about 5kms from our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

You will hold a PhD relevant along with demonstrated expert knowledge in the area of data analysis and visualisation. You will have an ability to establish effective relationships and to represent and promote complex mining-related global datasets and related patterns at a university and wider community level, including industry, government and professional bodies. You will be able to contribute effectively to the supervision of Honours and Research Higher Degree students, and have an established record of publication.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed-term (2.5 years) position at Research Academic Level B.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $97,590 - $115,888 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $114,181 - $135,590.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

SMI Research Fellow PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor Rick Valenta.

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  • Resume
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