Research Fellow, Sustainable Minerals Institute

Brisbane, Australia
23 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Sustainable Minerals Institute

One of the UQ’s eight research institutes, the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) consists of some 240 staff and postgraduate students covering the areas of mining and geology, mineral processing, environment and rehabilitation, social responsibility, safety and risk, water and unconventional gas. 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.

The Institute recognises and values equity and diversity, and encourages applications from any individual who meets the requirements of this position irrespective of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, age or other protected attributes. SMI strives to provide an inclusive working environment, and along with the University is committed to supporting staff with family and caring responsibilities by providing policies, programs and initiatives to help balance work and family responsibilities.

Information about the Institute may be accessed on the Institute's web site at

Complex Ore Bodies program

Information about the program may be accessed at

The role

To engage, as a Research Fellow, in research and teaching that furthers the development of the Institute’s Complex Ore Bodies program, as well as performing research, administrative and other activities associated with the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) and the WH Bryan Mining and Geology Centre (BRC).

The successful appointee will have an important role in conducting funded research projects being undertaken by a dynamic multidisciplinary team. The first aim of the fellowship will be to contribute to the Complex Ore Bodies program of work. The successful fellow will engage in research that examines the relationship between large scale mining (LSM) and artisanal small scale mining (ASM) by drawing on research from the disciplines of human geography, sociology, economics and/or geology.

The project will contribute to the development of models and approaches aimed at improving the interface between LSM and ASM in the context of understanding and studying complex ore bodies. The appointee will draft project reports and working papers and author or co-author academic publications as well as contribute to Centre projects. The second aim of the fellowship will be to research relevant configurations of LSM infrastructure and their impacts on community wellbeing, and small-scale livelihood activities.

The person

Applicants should possess a PhD in a field related to the area of sustainable development and resource extraction. You should have demonstrated knowledge of the social and environmental aspects of mining and sustainable development, as well as national recognition in the area of sustainable development, resource extraction or closely related field. An established record of publication in high quality outlets, as well as evidence of a contribution to research, including working on successful external grant applications will be highly regarded.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.  

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to the contact person listed in the job advertisement.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years at Academic level B. The remuneration package will be in the range $92,142 - $109,419 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $107,807 - $128,020 p.a.).

Position Description

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To discuss this role please contact Professor Deanna Kemp on +61 7 3346 4204 or email

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