PhD Position @University of Queensland – Australia

PhD Position @University of Queensland – Australia


Opportunity to do Ph.D. at University of Queensland – Australia

The University of Queensland (UQ) is in the top 100 universities worldwide, measured through a number of major independent university rankings: the Academic Ranking of World Universities, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and, Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. UQ is also the largest university in Queensland. 

The University’s global research positioning was highlighted by the election of five UQ scientists to the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) in 2013 – one quarter of the 20 new Fellows and the most from any institution in the country.

The University’s outstanding 200,000-plus alumni include a Nobel laureate, the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, an Academy Award winner, and leaders in government, law, science, public service and the arts. The University celebrates its alumni as its greatest assets. Their achievements make the University great – and, in return, the University will work hard to strengthen its reputation.


Applications are sought from experienced geoscientists or geotechnical engineers who have the ability to make accurate field observations of often-spectacularly exposed naturally-caved systems and then to apply that information in numerical mining models.

The scholarship position will be part of a unique multi-disciplinary team who are conducting world-class research aimed at reducing geological and mining risk, and optimizing mining procedures to meet the complex challenges that face the global mining sector.

The Project

This student will be based in The WH Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre within the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at The University of Queensland, one of Australia’s premier universities. SMI has a long track record of working to understand and apply the principles of sustainable development within the global resources industry.

This project investigates the processes that operate in the broken rock columns of block and sublevel caving operations. It is the aim of this project to study breccias pipes, which represent natural analogues of mined systems, to generate data that can then be used to produce numerical propagation and flow models of the natural systems. The knowledge gained will then be applied to mine design.

The 3 year research project will commence in as soon as possible.

Australia - UQ Grounds - St. Lucia

The Person

Applicants must meet the entry requirements for the UQ Research Higher Degree program and have an Honours I or IIA degree (or equivalent) in a research field relevant to the geosciences and engineering.

In addition to this the applicants with a strong field data collection skills, particularly geological mapping and drillcore logging and knowledge of at least one industry standard 3D computer modelling package (e.g. Vulcan, Datamine) will be viewed favourably. Furthermore a knowledge of GIS systems commonly used in the minerals industry (e.g. Mapinfo, ArcGIS) and knowledge of underground mining methods is desirable.

Applicants will also be able to demonstrate considerable experience working with a range of stakeholders including industry, government, academia and community groups to deliver research outcomes.


The scholarship includes a tax-free of $30,000 per year for three years.

How to Apply

Applicants should provide their CV, academic record and respond to the Selection Criteria together with the names and contact details of two academic referees.


Send applications to

Dr Tony Webster,
WH Bryan Mining & Geology Research Centre,
The University of Queensland,
St Lucia, Qld 4072,





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