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PhD Scholarship - Novel Reagent Technologies for Arsenic Minerals

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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: Novel Reagent Technologies for Arsenic Minerals 

Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC)

The JKMRC is a world-renowned research and postgraduate education organisation, located at Indooroopilly in Brisbane, approximately 7 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, customer-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. 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 other research providers in Australia and overseas. It has graduated in excess of 200 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. 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 novel reagent chemistries in the mineral processing field. The student will be expected to operate with a high degree of autonomy, under the guidance of the world’s top mineral processing experts.

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.

Newcrest has a firm 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 novel reagent technologies for targeting arsenic in mineral processing, allowing its effective removal from processing streams, thus, enabling the processing of ores more safely and minimising environmental impact. It will involve the development of new reagent chemistries and testing of reagent efficacy.

Students are expected to commence in either January 2020 or April 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 Dr Susana Brito e Abreu on

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