Research Fellow in Privately Commissioned Public Inquiries

University of Queensland Sustainable Minerals Institute


Research Fellow – Privately Commissioned Public Inquiries

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Area:Sustainable Minerals Institute
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level B1 ($99,542.80 - $118,206.73)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

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 management.

Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) focuses on the social, cultural, economic and political challenges that occur when change is brought about by mineral resource extraction. The Centre contributes to industry change through independent research, teaching and by convening and participating in multi-stakeholder dialogue processes. The team consist of anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, economists, engineers, development and natural resource specialists.

About This Opportunity

Contribute to a program of research on Privately Commissioned Public Inquires funded under the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Partnership scheme. As the Research Fellow, your role will involve engaging in and supporting research that examines the drivers, architecture, inner workings, and outcomes of privately-commissioned inquiries following public allegations of environmental impacts and human rights abuses. Building a base of evidence around such processes is important to understand their potential, and how to make improvements. Other duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • assist the existing team in achieving project goals through administration, communication with participants & planning of mixed method research activities
  • collect and analyse data as well as undertake data cleaning and analysis of datasets
  • develop a contextual understanding of the critical social, geographic, geological, economic, environmental and regulatory aspects associated with resource development projects, markets and emerging global policy initiatives

This position is located at 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 should hold a PhD in the area of Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Geography, Law or a related field in addition to demonstrated experience in managing and co-ordinating mixed method research activities. Strong evidence of your contribution to research, including successful external grant applications and an ability to establish effective and collaborative relations to represent the academic discipline, is essential to the role. Demonstrated experience in using online survey tools or software packages such as Survey Monkey, Qualtrics, SPSS, NVivo and Excel will also be integral to the role.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.

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 up to 2 years at Academic level B.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $99,542.80 - $118,206.73 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $116,465.07 - $138,301.88.

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

Download File 513621_Research Fellow_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor John Owen, CSRM.

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: 29 Mar 2021

Applications close: 09 May 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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