Principal Research Fellow

Job No:510058
Area:Sustainable Minerals Institute
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level D ($143,945.83 - $158,584.76)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: Other

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.

About This Opportunity

The purpose of this position is to undertake a research role in the development and application of geological models to aid in effective exploration and downstream mineral processing, from deposit to regional scale.  You will play an integral role in the ongoing research activities of the SMI-BRC Geology Program, which is aimed at bringing world-class geological insights to every stage in the path from exploration to mining to mineral processing.

You will implement research that takes into account the development agenda as set by SMI-BRC including aspects of innovative mining based on enhanced deposit knowledge. This is by augmenting geoscientific data and knowledge input into all stages of discovery to recovery, including mine planning, development and effective operations. The focus is on better management of geological and engineering risks and ultimately better resource stewardship.

This position is primarily located in Canberra, however will require travel to other sites including our St Lucia campus in Brisbane on a regular basis. 

Our Ideal Candidate

You will hold a PhD in a relevant discipline and have at least 10 years expert knowledge in the area of regional structural interpretation using regional geological and geophysical datasets. You will be able to demonstrate your significant contribution to research, including successful external grant applications and established international reputation for quality and impact of work through publication or exhibition in internationally-recognised outlets. You will have the ability to establish positive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and promote structural geology / tectonics, integrated interpretation of geophysical and geoscience datasets and strategic science leadership at a university and wider community level.

You must have ongoing unrestricted work rights in Australia to apply for this opportunity.

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What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term (12 month) position at Academic level D.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $143,945 - $158,584 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $168,416 - $185,544.

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.

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To discuss this role please contact Professor Rick Valenta.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. 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 UQJobs portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Advertised: 27 Mar 2020
Applications close: 10 Apr 2020 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time