An exciting opportunity exists for academically excellent candidates to conduct a PhD at The University of Western Australia in geotechnical engineering of mine tailings.

The Future Tails project is a collaboration between UWA, BHP and Rio Tinto. The focus of the project is the prevention of future catastrophic failures of mine tailings storage facilities.

It will position Australia as a global leader in tailings management thinking, training, research, education and practice.

The Future Tails PhD candidate will work on a project agreed between the two industry sponsors and UWA, prioritising a topic that will assist in significant reductions in the risks associated with management of mine tailings, both here in Australia and internationally.

An AUD$30,000 annual stipend will be provided to the successful candidate, as will tuition fees (if applicable).

Eligible candidates will:

  • have a master's or bachelor's (honours) degree with outstanding results in a relevant field such as civil or geotechnical engineering
  • preferably have demonstrated relevant experience in industry
  • meet the admission requirements as set out by UWA, including meeting the English requirement.

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For more information, contact Professor Andy Fourie at

posted: 26 November 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.