Principal Research Fellow

University of Queensland

St Lucia QLD, Australia 🇦🇺

Sustainable Minerals Institute:

SMI is home to six research centres and an International Centre of Excellence based in Chile. We have a strong track record in developing world leading solutions in exploration, mining, mineral processing, workplace health and safety, mine rehabilitation, social responsibility, water, and energy.

The Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry (CWiMI) supports the sustainable management of water in the minerals sector. The team contributes to solving the engineering, environmental and social challenges of water management and engages with a wide range of research organisations and stakeholders in Australia and internationally. The Centre’s research is funded principally by selected mining companies who are committed to sustainability performance.

The Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation (CMLR) addresses the environmental challenges of the minerals industry by translating scientific results into practices that improve mine rehabilitation and closure outcomes. The Centre consists of a collaborative, multidisciplinary group of research, teaching and support staff, and postgraduate students. The Centre is widely recognised as a source of quality research in mining environmental management and sustainability, across the full spectrum of resource commodities.

The Cooperative Research Centre for Transformations in Mining Economies (CRC TiME) has been formed to drive transformational change that will enable regions and communities to transition to a prosperous and sustainable post-mine future. CRC TiME, which has its east coast office hosted within SMI, brings together a unique partnership of over 75 leading mining companies, mining equipment, technology and services (METS) companies, regional and community development organisations, governments and research partners.

About This Opportunity

This opportunity will enable a Principal Research Fellow to lead and deliver on the Operational Solutions Program with CRC TiME and contribute to the development, implementation and promotion of the CWiMI’s and CMLR’s research strategies. These strategies look at supporting and improving the environmental performance of the minerals industry. As the Principal Research Fellow, you will assist in shaping significant and strategic research programs and projects within CRC TiME and SMI that yield new insights and opportunities to represent and promote the discipline area in leading academic and research forums. In addition to leading a research team and mentoring junior academics and researchers, you will be responsible for building effective working relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, including industry and other research and consultancy clients.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

A Principal Research Fellow will demonstrate a sustained record of outstanding contributions and achievement that is internationally recognised in the mining sector with demonstrated environment research experience. At this level, it is expected that the incumbent will display excellent leadership skills, with the ability to make a strong contribution to service and engagement roles and activities, including consultancy and training activities. They will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build strategic relationships that will enable them to successfully obtain and manage significant external research funding from institutional and commercial sources.

Visa sponsorship may be 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 [email protected].

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position for up to 3 years at Academic level D.

The full-time equivalent base salary for a Level D (Principal Research Fellow) will be in the range $146,825 – $161,756 plus super of up to 17% (total package available will be in the range of $171,785 – $189,255).

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

Download File 515721 Principal Research Fellow PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Associate Professor Claire Cote, Director – Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry.

For application queries, please contact [email protected] 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

Please note that applications that do not include the Responses to the Selection Criteria will not be accepted.

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: 17 Aug 2021
Applications close: 14 Sep 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time