Research Scholar in Chemical Engineering

Brisbane, Australia
06 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
29 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The School of Chemical Engineering
Job Number: 504160

The School of Chemical Engineering is an international leader in the chemical engineering field and has an excellent reputation which has been built over many decades at The University of Queensland. The School’s project-centred curriculum was recognised recently as an international exemplar of engineering education. Worldwide, UQ Chemical Engineering was ranked 33rd globally in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject and received the highest possible rating in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment.

Central to the School’s success are the staff, specifically the academic, research and professional staff. They are engaged in pioneering teaching and research crossing traditional disciplinary boundaries, mindful of their role in addressing the big challenges that lie ahead. The School is also a major research provider to broad engineering and materials fields including metallurgy. Close industry partnerships ensure this research is relevant and results in a robust balance of pure and applied research in the School. This is reflected in the School’s outstanding track record of attracting industry and Australian Research Council funding for research projects, industry chairs, and fellowships.

The role

Following the success of 1st Stage collaboration of Rio Tinto-Shougang-University of Queensland, Shougang and Rio Tinto Iron Ore have identified a number of topics in ironmaking and steelmaking. The companies have agreed to support 2nd Stage of the collaborative program to be undertaken at the University of Queensland. Several research scholar positions are available to study towards a PhD or MPhil degree, with a number of projects related to ironmaking and steelmaking. The PhD student will focus on the theoretical and experimental studies on efficient utilisation of Ti- and B-containing iron resources, and low-grade iron ores in ironmaking process.

The Person

Applicants should have degrees in metallurgy, materials, chemical engineering or related fields and will meet the requirements of admission to a Research Higher Degree at UQ, as described at This includes evidence of one of the following:

  • A bachelor's degree with honours class IIB or better from approved universities, which should include a relevant research component.
  • A research master's degree.
  • A coursework master's degree and an overall GPA (grade point average) equivalent to 5.65 on the 7-point UQ scale, which should include a relevant research component.
  • A postgraduate degree of at least one-year full-time equivalent with an overall GPA (grade point average) equivalent to 5.0 on the 7-point UQ scale, together with demonstrated research experience equivalent to honours IIA will be considered for PhD entry on a case by case basis.

English language proficiency requirements apply to the international applicants.


The stipend will be AUD$30,000 per year tax-free. Top-up scholarships would be available for applicants already holding another relevant scholarship. Successful applicants will be encouraged and supported to apply for various scholarships available at The University of Queensland.


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