Senior Research Coordinator - MIWATCH

University of Queensland
February 13, 2024
Offerd Salary:$5.75
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Contract Type:fixed-term position
Working Time:Full time
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  • Sustainable Minerals Institute

  • Broaden your career within one of QLD's largest employers

  • Partner with people educating future generations & solving the world's problems

  • Plan for your future with a generous 17% superannuation allowance

  • Based at Indooroopilly Mine site

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • 17% superannuation contributions

  • 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Access to flexible working arrangements including hybrid working options, flexible start/finish times, purchased leave, and a condensed fortnight

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • On campus childcare options

  • Cheap parking (from just $5.75 a day)

  • Salary packaging options

  • About This Opportunity

    The Senior Research Coordinator (SRC) provides specialist research/technical subject matter expertise in support of MIWATCH activities at all stages of the research life-cycle. The SRC will also assist in outreach programs where possible and relevant as well as mentoring new staff MIWATCH members. This position is a part of the WH Bryan Mining Geology Research Centre, within the Sustainable Minerals Institute.

    Key Responsibilities:

  • Leads fieldwork at mine waste sites- involving organising campaigns, working with government stakeholders/clients and managing other MIWATCH staff members

  • Provides guidance and assists in establishing mine waste lab-based studies and provides supervision to other MIWATCH members learning new experiments.

  • Assists and/or instructs others on the application of advanced or specialist or technical research skills or processes, including

  • column leach testing and data interpretation

  • Has the ability to coordinates one of MIWATCH's major field sampling campaigns across Australia

  • Undertakes maintenance and upkeep of facilities and equipment- as well as ensuring other MIWATCH members also adhere to the same protocols

  • Safety

  • Correctly prepares, and peer reviews, risk assessments for field and lab work.

  • Contributes to the safe and efficient operation of research equipment, infrastructure, methodologies and protocols

  • Ensures the appropriate storage, handling and disposal of chemicals, equipment, stores and/or samples/specimens

  • Research Support

  • Assists with drafting research documentation, including ethics and funding applications

  • Undertakes literature searches and reviews

  • Assists with routine team administration

  • Assists with preparing papers, reports, graphs, figures and presentations on research outcomes at different stages of the research cycle outcomes

  • Presents at national forums, meetings and conferences (as permitted by funding)

  • Leadership and Management

  • Undertakes supervisory duties in accordance with 'Supervisor' level requirements and the UQ Leadership framework

  • Supports and/or lead the development of more junior research scientists, and technicians

  • Other duties, as reasonable directed by the supervisor

  • This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position for up to 1 year.

    At HEW level 6, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $86,371.95 - $92,658.90, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $101,055.18 - $108,410.91 annually. As this role is covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases – at least once a year.

    About You

    We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated Senior Research Coordinator to apply their subject matter expertise and advanced knowledge of mine waste characterisation to the MIWATCH national mine waste sampling program and development of data management systems with a range of national and international partners.

    Selection Criteria

  • Completion of a relevant degree in environmental geoscience with subsequent experience in coordinating activities or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.

  • Demonstrated research-relevant knowledge and skills with expertise in a wide range of specialist and general research techniques, including mine waste sampling, data interpretation and data management

  • Expertise in the application of data evaluation for the identification of critical metal resources in mine waste

  • Advanced knowledge of data management

  • Significant experience of working in mine waste and team environments

  • Advanced technical capabilities in acid base accounting analysis, chemical and mineralogy data handling

  • Detailed knowledge of legislative requirements and operating procedures for major areas of research and scientific safety such as waste disposal, labelling and risk assessment

  • Well-developed problem-solving skills, with an ability to forward plan, prioritise tasks to meet deadlines and work with a high level of adaptability, both independently and as part of a team

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with proven ability to produce clear, succinct documentation

  • The ability to liaise effectively with a wide range of stakeholders in a research environment

  • An avid interest in developing more junior research staff is desirable

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

  • Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact A/Professor Anita Parbhakar-Fox [email protected]

    For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close Tuesday 13 February 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number – R-34934).


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