School of Engineering and Information Technology

PhD available in Resource Engineering / Extractive
Metallurgy and Mineralogy

Perth Campus, Murdoch University


Murdoch University has a PhD research opportunity available in the School of Engineering and Information Technology, for a high-quality, motivated student interested in pursuing PHD level study on the research project Lithium extraction from silicate minerals. The project will be supervised by Dr Hans Oskierski and Associate Professor Gamini Senanayake and is funded by the former Parker CRC for Integrated Hydrometallurgy Solutions.

Based at the Perth campus in Western Australia, this opportunity is open to both International and Domestic students. Murdoch University's School of Engineering and Information Technology is led by world-class academics with high standards in teaching and research, and strong ties to Industry.

The PhD offers the successful applicant:

  • Participation in interdisciplinary research team
  • Access to state of the art research and analytical facilities in Australia and overseas
  • An Industry-relevant project in area of significant growth
  • Attendance at international conferences
  • Fully funded PhD scholarship for 3 years, with possible extension to 3.5 years

In order to apply for this PhD, candidates are required to have the following qualifications:

  • Recognised undergraduate and Honours degrees in mineralogy, mineral science, extractive metallurgy, chemistry or related areas, or four-year engineering degree in chemical engineering, metallurgical engineering or in a related area
  • English competency (for international applicants only): IELTS overall >6.5 (no band below 6) or TOEFL >90 (no individual score below 20)

Desired qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills, e.g. conference presentations or publications of prior research work
  • Previous research experience, including MSc or MEng by research or strong interest in laboratory work and analytical techniques, e.g. X-ray diffraction
  • Familiarity with life-cycle assessment/cost and energy assessment
  • Previous experience and interest in extractive metallurgy/mineralogy and lithium minerals

The PhD is expected to commence in early 2018, but other start dates may be negotiated. Salary will be commensurate with current Research Training Program rates, e.g. $26K per year tax-free and includes a tuition fee waiver. Top-up scholarships might be available for suitably qualified applicants.

Please address further questions and applications (including a cover letter, motivation statement referring to your relevant qualifications, CV, transcripts, and contact details of at least two referees) to H.Oskierski@murdoch.edu.au. Applications close 30 July 2017.

posted: 11 July 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.