Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Queensland


October 4, 2021


Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Apply now Job No:516310 Area:Sustainable Minerals Institute Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($70,729.75 - $94,637.91) Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term Location: Other, St Lucia

Sustainable Minerals Institute

The Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) undertakes world-leading research across a range of mining and resources-related topics including mine planning, geometallurgy, mineral processing, environmental and mine water management, post-mining rehabilitation, social responsibility, and safety and risk management. As a provider of industry-focussed research, the SMI works closely with sponsors, collaborators and stakeholders from the public and private sector including major mining houses, junior miners, METS companies, regulators and community groups from around the world.

The SMI consists of seven major research Centres:

 Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre
 WH Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre
 Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining
 Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre
 Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation
 Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry
 International Centre of Excellence in Chile

More information about the SMI can be found at www.

The Julius Kruttschnitt Minerals Research Centre (JKMRC) has an outstanding international reputation as an innovator in geometallurgy and mineral processing research. It is the largest Australian research centre in this field and collaborates with major mining and mineral processing research groups worldwide. The JKMRC is also a world class provider of innovative postgraduate education and is proud to have alumni in senior roles in resource companies and government organisations around the world. More information about the JKMRC can be found at www.

About This Opportunity

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow is sought to develop their expertise and emerging research profile in the fields of experimental and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Supported by senior academic research staff, the successful candidate will perform experimental and computational studies of material behaviour inside mineral processing equipment using techniques such as image analysis, particle image velocimetry (PIV), positron emission particle tracking (PEPT), and multiphase computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Performing small- and large-scale CFD simulations of mineral processing equipment using commercial software such as Siemens STAR-CCM+ and Ansys Fluent.
  • Validating CFD simulations by statistical comparison with experimental data.
  • Conducting research and publishing scholarly papers in the area of mineral processing with a focus on computational approaches to granular flow and hydrodynamics.
  • Actively teaching and supervising honours and postgraduate research students, and providing assistance and mentorship for junior researchers.
  • Working with colleagues and postgraduates in the development of joint research projects.
  • Contributing to service and engagement responsibilities with the University.
  • This position is located at the University Mine - Indooroopilly.

    Our Ideal Candidate

    The ideal candidate will possess, or be near completion of, a PhD in science or engineering with a significant focus on experimental and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), especially as applied to industrial processes. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expert knowledge in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), with a proven track record of research in leading peer- reviewed journals. They will also display excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to liaise with a wide range of stakeholders within a multi-disciplinary environment.

    The following skills and experience will be highly regarded:

  • Familiarity with mineral processing technology, particularly equipment such as mechanical froth flotation cells, the Jameson Cell™ and the FLSmidth REFLUX® classifier and its variants.
  • Experience of multiphase computational fluid dynamics (CFD), especially as applied to stirred tanks or fluidized beds.
  • Experience of non-invasive imaging techniques such as positron emission particle tracking (PEPT) and particle image velocimetry (PIV).
  • Experience in supervision and mentoring of junior researchers including undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • The successful candidate will be onshore and have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

    We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

    What We Can Offer

    This is a full-time, fixed term position for up to two years at Academic level A.

    The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $70,729.75- $94,637.91, plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $82,753.80 - $110,726.35.

    You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

    For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

    Position Description

    516310 Postdoctoral Research Fellow PD.pdf


    To discuss this role please contact Dr Angus Morrison – Research Fellow.

    For application queries, please contact stating the job number in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    To submit an application for this role, use the apply button. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria
  • To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.


    Advertised: 14 Sep 2021 Applications close: 04 Oct 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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