Research Fellow in the Sustainable Minerals
University of Queensland Sustainable Minerals Institute

Senior/Principal Research Fellow

Apply now Job No:511158
Area:Sustainable Minerals Institute
Salary (FTE):Advertised at multiple classifications
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

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

An exciting opportunity is available within our Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) for a Senior or Principal Research Fellow.

The primary purpose of this position will be to develop, lead and manage CSRM research projects relating to the social performance and community impacts of mining operations at the local and regional level in Australia and elsewhere.

The appointee will also contribute to the management and development of the Centre’s activities as a member of CSRM’s senior academic team.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Formulating and managing project budgets and work plans.
  • Advance external links by collaborating on external activities and sustaining relationships with industry, government departments, civil society and community stakeholders, including participation in advisory committees.
  • Developing new work opportunities and securing financial and other support.
  • Communication of research outcomes in written and oral form, including research reports, advisory notes, participation in advisory committees, conference presentations, seminars and webinars, and the preparation of academic papers for publication.
  • Review and draw upon best practice research methodologies.

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

Alongside the completion of a PhD in a relevant social science discipline (for example, anthropology, economics, geography, political science, sociology) and at least 10 years’ research experience, preferably in the field of the social aspects of resource extraction in Australia, the successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • In-depth knowledge of the Australian resources sector and of the key social responsibility issues pertaining to the industry.
  • An ability to engage effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders, preferably in a minerals/resources context with minerals industry personnel, community members and government representatives and civil society.
  • National recognition in the area of expertise, with an internationally developing profile and an established record of publications in reputed refereed journal and presenting at conferences.
  • A strong record of successfully seeking, obtaining and managing external research funding.

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

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, 2-year fixed term position, at Research Academic level C or D.

The full-time equivalent base salary at Level C will be in the range $119,548 – $137,846 plus super of up to 17% (total package available will be in the range of $139,871 - $161,280).

The full-time equivalent base salary at Level D will be in the range $143,945 – $158,584 plus super of up to 17% (total package available will be in the range of $168,416 - $185,544).

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

Download File 511158_Senior_Principal Research Fellow_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Associate Professor Nick Bainton via or 0409 699 713.

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.

Applications Close: 27th of October, 11:00pm. 

Advertised: 15 Sep 2020

Applications close: 27 Oct 2020 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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