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PhD Scholarship - Plant Operating Strategies for Tailings Management

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Area:Sustainable Minerals Institute
Salary (FTE):UQ Scholarship (RTP Rate)NON-BANDED ($27,596.00 - $27,596.00)
Work type:Full Time - Scholarship
Location: St Lucia

PhD Scholarship: Plant Operating Strategies for Tailings Management

Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC)

The JKMRC is a world-renowned research and postgraduate education organisation, located at Indooroopilly in Brisbane, approximately 5 km from St Lucia, the main campus of the University of Queensland. JKMRC was established in 1970, and now forms part of the UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI).

The mission of the JKMRC is to deliver world-class, industry-focussed 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. It works closely with the international minerals industry and other research providers in Australia and overseas. The JKMRC has graduated in excess of 200 Masters and PhD students and won many awards for its research. Further information about JKMRC can be found at

About This Opportunity

JKMRC and Newcrest are looking for an independent, bright and enthusiastic student who is excited at the prospect of conducting research in the field of Plant Operating Strategies for Waste Management. The student will be expected to operate with a high degree of autonomy, under the guidance of the world’s top mineral industry researchers.

Newcrest is the largest gold producer listed on the Australian Securities Exchange as well as one of the world's largest gold mining companies with operating mines in Australia, Canada, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

Newcrest Mining Limited and The University of Queensland have recently signed a partnership agreement that paves the way for long-term education, training and research activities.  The agreement aims to foster the long-standing relationship between the two organisations and strengthen skills in support of Newcrest’s strategic pillars: safety and sustainability; people; operating performance; technology and innovation; and, profitable growth.

This project is part of Newcrest’s commitment to the development and implementation of ground-breaking new technologies in mineral beneficiation, treatment and separation. This exciting project will focus specifically on the development of operational strategies in copper and gold processing plants to enable better management of waste. The project will employ a staged plant analysis and operational strategy assessment program to deliver value at each stage of implementation. It will identify step-wise operational changes in Newcrest processing plants that deliver tailings management benefits in themselves. The operational strategies thus developed should also combine to provide significant overall value chain improvement in mine and plant operation. Significant exposure to client operations and some travel will be expected as part of this PhD. The research is expected to involve simulations, proof of concept laboratory test work and small scale practical trials where appropriate, with a focus on copper/gold mines.

Students are expected to commence in the first half of 2020 and finish within four years of commencement.

What We Can Offer

PhD Scholarship AUD 28,092 per annum tax-free (2020 rate), for three years, indexed annually. Top-Up Stipend of AUD 10,000 per year, for the three years of the PhD program with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.

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To discuss this role please contact Associate Professor Marcin Ziemski on

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