Postdoctoral Research Fellow Sustainable Minerals Institute

Feb 08, 2019
Mar 11, 2019
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Sustainable Minerals Institute

One of the UQ's eight research institutes, the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) consists of some 200 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. A priority for SMI is the development of talent and providing an environment for successful and rewarding careers.

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 main University of Queensland campus. It was established in 1970, and now forms part of the University's Sustainable Minerals Institute.

The mission of the JKMRC is to deliver world-class, customer-focused education, research and technical services to the world minerals industry and allied sectors. The 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 more than 270 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.

The role

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will undertake high quality research and project management in the SMI-JKMRC. In particular, the successful candidate will develop expertise around model development, model testing and experimental data curation as an integral part of the simulation model delivery team in the AMIRA P9Q project. AMIRA P9Q is the latest in a long line of P9 projects focused on translating the previous P9 research projects to industry process improvement tools. Additionally, to work on advancing data structure in simulation platforms to handle a wider range of physical properties than currently available.

The person

Applicants should possess a PhD in mineral processing and have extensive applied research experience in comminution process modelling. You will have experience in optimisation with a comprehensive knowledge about the whole process chain from exploration to metal production. Your demonstrated record of publication in relevant research fields and your demonstrated experience in the use of data base tools and data analytics packages make you ideally suited to this role.

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.  

Additional information

This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

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 12 months at Research Academic Level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $83,295 - $89,285 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $97,456 - $104,464 p.a.).


To discuss this role please contact Dr. Mohsen Yahyaei on +61 7 3346 5989 or

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