Research Associate, Level ARAS

Mawson Lakes, Australia
$93,165 per annum (plus 17% superannuation)
29 May 2023
End of advertisement period
02 Jul 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Based in the Future Industries Institute at the Mawson Lakes campus
  • Full-time, fixed term contract until 31 August 2024
  • Commencement Salary $93,165 per annum (plus 17% superannuation)

About the Role 

The Research Associate will contribute to the research activities as part of the Unlocking Complex Resources through Lean Processing Research Consortia Program (RCP) research project related to multivariate sensing and data analytics in mineral processing circuits. Primarily, the Research Associate will investigate existing and new sensor suite for process control, and data analytics on the critical process variable information collected during downstream ore processing.

About UniSA

The University of South Australia is Australia’s University of Enterprise. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous and we create new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.

UniSA STEM links engineering, mathematics, science, defence and cybersecurity, environmental science, aviation, information technology, construction and project management, harnessing the connections across disciplines to bring big ideas to fruition. Our researchers are solution focused and collaborative to deliver technical expertise and advice to industry, government and community groups to make commercially viable and sustainable impacts. We integrate research into our teaching, with students working alongside researchers in first-class facilities, what’s discovered one day is taught the next. Our graduates are entrepreneurs and trailblazers, who design and build the world they want to live in.  UniSA STEM also incorporates leading edge research organisations; the Future Industries Institute, the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments and the Centre for Industrial Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The Future Industries Institute brings together world-class strength in high-tech manufacturing, nanomedicine, minerals and resource engineering plus environmental science, with the end goal of building economic growth through innovative partnerships and translational research. The Institute builds on the significant capability, infrastructure and reputation of the University’s existing research strengths and substantial research infrastructure and supports state and national research priorities. 

Core Responsibilities 

  • Conduct high-quality research project, under limited supervision and in collaboration with industry and other stakeholders, in the area of sensing and data analytics applied to minerals grinding, flotation, and leaching circuits
  • Assist HDR students participating in the same research
  • Statistically analyse results and prepare or contribute findings for reports as required
  • Prepare refereed journal publications, conference and seminar papers arising from the research
  • Ensure all experimentation is performed in compliance with Work Health Safety and Injury Management policies, procedures and principles

 Essential Skills and Experience 

  • A PhD degree or relevant experience in Mineral Resource Engineering or related field, with strong mineral processing background
  • Knowledge and experience in metallurgical data analysis, and simulation and modelling of process flow sheets
  • Demonstrated ability to apply statistical methods of data analysis for interpretation of analytical results pertaining to experimental factors in a multidiscipline project
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including the ability to initiate, plan and manage projects ensuring milestones are met
  • Demonstrated ability to lead small research team and mentor junior staff


Getting a great job working with the best is just the start. UniSA rewards its staff with a wide variety of benefits such as: 

  • Access to great personal development opportunities 
  • Generous superannuation contributions of 17% 
  • Flexible working conditions 
  • A range of salary packaging options, including vehicle leasing, laptops and car parking fees 
  • Various on-site services available at our campuses which may include on-site gym membership 


As a University of Enterprise, we offer a dynamic and agile workplace culture, one that embraces challenges and thrives on breaking new ground. Our staff are creative and innovative thinkers, communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. We embrace diversity and inclusion in a vibrant, engaging environment. Our people are authentic, resilient, and influential, and we deliver results. 

How to Apply 

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA. The online application form will list the specific selection criteria that you need to address.

Please address your cover letter to Emma Kelvin, Consultant:  Recruitment Central. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or via email at using job reference number 5154.

Applications close: 11:30 pm Sunday 2 July 2023

Applications welcomed from Australian or NZ citizens, Australian permanent residents and those who have the legal right to work in Australia for the term of appointment. 

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