Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Research Fellow (Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI))

University of Queensland

Brisbane, QLD, AU

Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI)

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, 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, mineral processing and mine management.

About This Opportunity

As Postdoctoral/Research Fellow in Geospatial Science, your primary purpose will be to support a range of research projects undertaken by our centres, particularly the Centre for Water in the Minerals industry, Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation and Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining.

Importantly, the role will provide leadership for the integration of spatial aspects into relevant multi-disciplinary research programs, rather than create its own isolated research program.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Interact with multiple research teams with diverse technical expertise and articulate the research contribution that spatial analysis can bring to the field of sustainable resource development.
  • Promote spatial analysis in the minerals sector through project delivery, interaction with industry partners, advice to industry clients, and contribution to professional development programs.
  • Develop innovative spatial data analysis and mapping techniques to support all relevant research initiatives, including those related to water management and hydrology, innovation in mine site rehabilitation and closure planning, and assessment of environmental, social and governance complexities associated with the mining sector.

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 PhD, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education and training, in the area of Geospatial Science, Geographic Information Science (GIS), Geosciences, Geomatics, Geography, or another relevant field, the successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Expertise with GIS software: ESRI products suite, QGIS and/or other desktop and web-based tools
  • Demonstrated experience of scripting and data manipulation languages such Python or R
  • Experience with creation and maintenance of spatial datasets and production of GIS products
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to communicate and work effectively with diverse research teams and industry partners
  • Experience managing a diversity of complex projects simultaneously, following accepted project management techniques
  • Ability to support and train higher degree research students

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 (ending 31st Dec 2020) position with a strong possibility of extension subject to funding, at Research Academic level A or B. The position is well suited to someone seeking flexible working arrangements.

The full-time equivalent base salary at Level A will be in the range $69,342 – $92,782 plus super of up to 17%.

The full-time equivalent base salary at Level B will be in the range $97,590 – $115,888 plus super of up to 17%.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, fantastic UQ cycling facilities (including discounts for staff at our own on campus UQ bike shop), development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland’s Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

  • 510648_Postdoctoral Research Fellow _Research Fellow_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Associate Professor Claire Cote 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 addressing the Selection Criteria, and
  • Resume

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.

Advertised: 22 Jul 2020

Applications close: 12 Aug 2020 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time