Principal Research Fellow - Geology (Internal Applicants Only)

University of Queensland


September 15, 2021


Principal Research Fellow - Geology (Internal Applicants Only)

Apply now Job No:516173 Area:Sustainable Minerals Institute Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level D ($146,824.75 - $161,756.46) Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term Location: Other

Sustainable Minerals Institute

The University of Queensland's Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) is a world-leading research institute integrating the expertise of technical, environmental and social specialists to deliver responsible resource development across the life of mine. We are dedicated to finding knowledge- based solutions to the sustainability challenges of the global minerals industry, and training the next generation of industry leaders.

Information about the Institute may be accessed on the Institute's web site at https:// www.

The W.H. Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre (BRC) has a reputation for practical innovation and leadership in deep mine development and operation. With a diverse range of mining and 'geo' expertise, the Centre is focused on delivering industrial research solutions for active and future mines. It does this by developing new and improved methods for ore extraction and enhancing total deposit knowledge and predictive understanding of ore bodies.

About This Opportunity

The Principal Research Fellow – Geology is to undertake a research role in the development and application of geological models to aid in effective exploration and downstream mineral processing, from deposit to regional scale. The position will play an integral role in the ongoing research activities of the SMI-BRC Geology Program, which is aimed at bringing world-class geological insights to every stage in the path from exploration to mining to mineral processing. They will also be required to implement research that takes into account the development agenda as set by SMI-BRC including aspects of innovative mining based on enhanced deposit knowledge.

For a full list of duties and responsibilities, please refer to the Position Description below.

This position is located at our University Mine, Indooroopilly.

Our Ideal Candidate

The successful incumbent will possess a PhD in a relevant discipline combined with at least 10 years demonstrated expert knowledge in the area of structural geology, mineral deposits and innovative data integration. They will also display a significant contribution to research as evidenced by their successful external grant applications and established international reputation in their discipline. Their excellent stakeholder management and interpersonal skills will assist them to establish effective relationships to promote the insights of the BRC to the wider university, government and industry bodies. In addition, they will demonstrate their ability to secure funding for a wide range of projects and activities.

It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

This opportunity is only available to current casual, fixed term or continuing employees at The University of Queensland as well as any Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. 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 at Academic Research Level D until 31 December 2023.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $146,824.75 - $161,756.46, plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $171,784.96 - $189,255.06.

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

516173 Principal Research Fellow - Geology.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor Rick Valenta.

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 addressing key Selection Criteria
  • Resume
  • 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: 07 Sep 2021 Applications close: 15 Sep 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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