Research Scholar - Sustainable Minerals Institute

Brisbane, Australia
07 Apr 2017
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06 May 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Sustainable Minerals Institute - Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre

The Julius Kruttschnitt Minerals Research Centre (JKMRC) is a world-renowned research and postgraduate education organisation, located at Indooroopilly in Brisbane, approximately 7 km from The University of Queensland St Lucia, campus. JKMRC was established in 1970, and now forms part of the UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI).

The mission of the SMI-JKMRC is to deliver world-class, customer-focussed education, research and technical services to the world minerals industry and allied sectors. The SMI-JKMRC has an international reputation for applied research in the areas of mineral processing and geometallurgy. It specialises in ore characterisation, mineral processing unit operations such as comminution and flotation, applied mineralogy, and the interface between mining and processing. Its emphasis on systems analysis by mathematical modelling and process simulations has led to major new methodologies in the design and optimisation of mineral processing operations. It works closely with the international minerals industry and with other research providers in Australia and overseas. It has graduated in excess of 200 Masters and PhD students and won many awards for its research. It has a proven record of technology transfer through JKTech, which has significant experience in the commercial delivery of JKMRC research outcomes, particularly in simulation software and ore characterisation methodologies. Further information about JKMRC can be found at

The Role

This research is a collaboration between SMI-JKMRC and the Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE) and is due to commence in July 2017. The collaboration includes three MPhil projects which will investigate different novel ore breakage methods and develop the necessary test procedures to calibrate models and equipment in order to exploit each breakage type.

The majority of work will be undertaken at SMI-JKMRC at the UQ Mine in Indooroopilly, Brisbane with some site visits to equipment manufacturers and mines. Applicants must note that responding to this research scholarship opportunity is a two-stage process. The first stage is your response to this posting. The second stage, which is only open for applicants who were successful in the first stage, is applying for admission to UQ and entry into the MPhil program.

 Additional Information

Please see the attached document for further information and contact details for enquiries.

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