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Post-doctoral Researcher in Environmental Geochemistry

In 2013, The University of Queensland's ( Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) ( applied to the Chilean Government's "Attraction of International R&D Centres of Excellence for Competitiveness 2.0" to establish an International Centre of Excellence (SMI-ICE-Chile).

For this initiative, UQ has partnered with the Universidad de Concepcion (UdeC) ( UdeC has a strong capability in extractive metallurgy and these activities are delivered through UdeC's Metallurgical Engineering department (DIMET) and Applied Economic Geology Institute (GEA). SMI has been working with UdeC since 2009, providing a range of undergraduate and postgraduate coursework degrees as well as continuing professional development for people from Chile. This association draws together complementary strengths in research and technical capabilities of the two universities aimed at improving the productivity and environmental signatures of Chilean mining operations.

The role

The successful applicant will join the SMI-ICE-Chile's Environment Program and contribute to establish and conduct industry driven research projects on Environmental Geochemistry in the context of mine waste and mine water management; through development of collaborative research and funding opportunities.

Applicants will also contribute to service development; an interest is welcome to contribute in professional education and aid postgraduate student supervision related to the field of research.

The person

Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. in Environmental Geochemistry or other closely related discipline. A background in mine waste and mine water management, and in particular experience working with geochemical modelling software is valued. Excellent communication skills are essential, and prior working experience with mining industry would be an asset. Applicants must be able to work independently, but as part of a team, with excellent organisational and time management skills. Publication record, successful competitive grant funding, and experience in student or junior staff supervision are aspects that will be evaluated for the position. Spanish language skills are essential as well as high level of fluency in English, oral and written in both languages. This position is based in Concepcion Chile with possible short work periods at UQ in Brisbane.


This is a full time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. The remuneration is 2,000,000 Chilean Pesos/month (approx. US$ 3000/month)


Please contact either Dr Mansour Edraki at The University of Queensland ( or Dr Ursula Kelm at Universidad de Concepcion (

Applications close:

Applicants should electronically submit a detailed CV, contact information for least two references, and scanned copies of their degrees by October 14th, 2016, to Ms Catherine Montecinos, General Manager, SMI-ICE-Chile,

posted: 06 September 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.