Research Fellow (Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM))

University of Queensland

Brisbane, QLD, AU

One of UQ’s eight research institutes, the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) consists of some 200 staff and postgraduate students covering the areas of mining and geology, mineral processing, environment and rehabilitation, water and mining, social responsibility, and safety and risk management.  SMI is industry-focused and consequently works with many leading global resources companies and many small-medium enterprises and suppliers. SMI interacts strongly with governments and community. A priority for SMI is the development of talent and providing an environment for successful and rewarding careers.

SMI was founded in 2001 and since its inception has established a reputation as a unique institution for integrated sustainable development research in the resource sector. SMI is a truly global institute with staff and students from around the world. SMI’s people are also diverse in their discipline backgrounds, which range across disciplines including anthropology, geology, soil science, sociology, hydrology, environmental science, engineering and mine management.

About This Opportunity

As Research Fellow your primary purpose will be to engage in research and teaching that furthers the development of the Institute’s Complex Ore Bodies program, as well as performing research, administrative and other activities associated with the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM).

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing a contextual understanding of the critical social, geographic, geological, economic, environmental and regulatory aspects associated with resource development projects, markets and emerging global initiatives
  • Manage a variety of different cross-centre data sets using ArcGIS and other data management platforms
  • Preparing research reports, drafting journal articles, and presenting results and research findings to a range of difference audiences – research organisations, industry, government and civil society
  • Service major industry-research partnerships, such as with Rio Tinto, MMG, Oceana Gold, Newcrest and UQ-Industry consortiums, in particular the Social Aspects of Mine Closure Research Consortium and the Mining and Resettlement Consortium.

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

In addition to holding a PhD in the area of Human Geography, Landscape Ecology, Economics or a related field, the successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Expert knowledge of GIS, high quality mapping and data visualisation products and tools 
  • An ability to establish relationships and to represent and promote academic discipline at a university and wider community level, including industry, government and professional bodies
  • Strong knowledge of the social and environmental aspects of mining and sustainable development
  • Evidence of a contribution to research, including working on successful external grant applications
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a multi-disciplinary environment.

For a full list of duties and selection criteria, please see the attached position description for this opportunity.

You must have ongoing unrestricted work rights in Australia to apply for this opportunity.

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 (12 month) position at Research Academic level B.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $ $97,590 – $115,888 plus super of up to 17%. The total package will be in the range $114,181 – $135,590.

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 510646_Research Fellow_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor John Owen via [email protected].

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQJobs portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time





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