Scholarship, Pyrosearch

Brisbane, Australia
23 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
21 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Pyrometallurgy Innovation Centre at The University of Queensland has an international reputation for the high quality of research output. We are seeking an enthusiastic researcher interested in cutting edge research in the field of high temperature process metallurgy applied to primary metal smelting, recycling and advanced materials manufacturing. The research involves advanced experimental studies integrated with thermodynamic modelling undertaken in close collaboration with leading  international companies.  The research outcomes are essential for modern knowledge-based circular economy including recovery of valuable metals, recycling of electronics and batteries, reduction of energy consumption, CO2 emissions and overall environmental footprint of developed society.

UQ is a research intensive University ranked within the top 50 universities in the world. The Pyrometallurgy Innovation Centre undertakes fundamental and applied research, funded through competitive Government grants and by industry partners world-wide. There are excellent opportunities to establish Australian and international industry and academic contacts and careers in high temperature metal processing and recycling.

The role

Postgraduate Research Scholarships are available for studies leading to PhD degrees in the field of fundamental and applied research of complex high temperature multi-component multi-phase systems including experimental studies integrated with thermodynamic modelling. Advanced experimental approach developed by the Centre is based on the modern analytical methods such as electron probe X-ray microanalysis EPMA, Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry LAICPMS, SEM, XRD and other.  Thermodynamic modelling use FactSage – one of the internationally leading computer packages in the field.

The person

Scholarship applicants should have a good Honours or a Masters degree in metallurgical engineering or related discipline including but not limited to, chemical engineering, materials science, inorganic chemistry, earth science, physics and mathematics. You should also have a strong desire to develop a successful and highly-productive research career in academia or metallurgical and recycling industry, good practical research skills, a strong methodological background and analytic skills, good writing abilities, and the capacity to work with multidisciplinary research teams.


Postgraduate Research Scholarships AUD$28,000-36,000 p.a. tax-free, dependent on qualifications and experience. Assistance with relocation provided.


Further information regarding the Pyrometallurgy Innovation Centre activities and previous research may be obtained from

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, CV, academic record, list of publications and potential academic referees.

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