Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sustainable Minerals

University of Queensland Sustainable Minerals Institute


Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Apply now Job No:512278
Area:Sustainable Minerals Institute
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($70,729.75 - $94,637.91)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: Brisbane, Other

Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI)

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, 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, mineral processing and mine manage

The Julius Kruttschnitt Minerals Research Centre (JKMRC) is a world class provider of postgraduate education and innovative applied research in mineral processing and geometallurgy. The Centre has an outstanding international reputation as an innovator in mining and mineral processing research. It is the largest Australian research centre in this field and collaborates with major mining and mineral processing research groups worldwide. Further information on the JKMRC may be accessed via

About This Opportunity

Undertake high quality research in the topic area of mineral flotation and mineral processing technologies. In particular a large portion of the work will be dedicated to the project titled “Overcoming pyrite challenges in Queensland’s ore reserves and mine tailings”, which will involve testing and evaluation of treatment strategies for pyrite rich base metal sulphide ore bodies.

You will be exposed to a wide range of mineral processing research areas, such as coarse particle processing, microwave assisted dewatering, mineral surface analytical techniques, mineral liberation analysis and novel reagent addition techniques.

This position is located at the University Mine – Indooroopilly.

Our Ideal Candidate

A PhD (or progress towards PhD) in relevant discipline such as mineral processing combined with a demonstrated ability to develop research initiative and to conduct innovative research in the field of mineral processing and mineral flotation is essential to the role. You should have prior demonstrated experience working in a metallurgical laboratory, with particular emphasis on batch flotation testing and analysis, in addition to experience conducting onsite surveys and sample collection in industrial mineral processing plants. 

With a track record of producing innovative research outcomes and publishing in high impact and mainstream journals, you should possess the ability to work across multiple projects with multidisciplinary teams combined with demonstrated time management skills. Skills in the following areas will be highly desirable:

  • Performing and analysing surface analysis techniques, such as ToF-SIMS and X-Ray tomography
  • Area of microwave dewatering
  • Analysis of mineral liberation data obtained via MLA or QEMSCAN
  • Electrochemically controlled flotation techniques
  • Technical assistance and training to research high degree postgraduates

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

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position for up to 2 years at Academic Level A.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $70,729.75 - $94,637.91 plus 17% super. The total FTE package will be in the range $81,131.18 - $108,555.25.

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

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

Position Description

 512278_Postdoctoral Research Fellow_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Liza Forbes. 

For application queries, please contact stating the job number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the apply button. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Advertised: 20 Jan 2021

Applications close: 17 Feb 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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