Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Hydrogeochemical Modelling

  1. Sustainable Minerals Institute
  2. Join a university ranked in the world's top 50
  3. Collaborate with highly awarded, world-class colleagues
  4. Genuine career progression opportunities via our academic promotions process
  5. Based at our vibrant and picturesque St Lucia Campus

About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.

At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. UQ has made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.

As part of our commitment to excellence in research and professional practice in academic contexts, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world-class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and other forms of staff support and development.

About This Opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity for a Research Fellow to take a leading role in hydrogeochemical modelling and monitoring of mine waste rock dumps as part of an ARC-Linkage project. The Research Fellow will work with a team of geochemists, hydrologists and geophysicists in the Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry, School of Civil Engineering and School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. The Research Fellow will also collaborate with project industry partners, and international research partners in Canada and France.

Key responsibilities include:

  1. Research
    • Develop and apply conceptual and numerical models of waste rock dump hydrology and geochemistry.
    • Contribute to design and implementation of field monitoring (hydrological, chemical and geophysical monitoring), analysis of data and its use in models.
    • Occasionally travel from Brisbane to the field sites in other parts of Australia.
    • Communicate effectively with the project team including industry partners.
    • Producing high quality research outputs including publishing in leading relevant research journals, contributing to project reports and delivering presentations.
    • Integrate effectively with staff in the Centre for Water in the Minerals industry and the Sustainable Minerals Institute, providing disciplinary expertise to projects as required.
    • Contribute to the delivery of high-quality research and consultancy outputs to a range of clients including mining industry partners.
  2. Supervision and Researcher Development
    • Contribute to supervision of Honour student and Higher Degree by Research students (as appropriate).
    • Demonstrates personal effectiveness in supervision and the management of researcher development.
    • Effective lead and develop supervisee performance and conduct by providing feedback, coaching, and professional development.
    • As appropriate, manage research support staff effectively in accordance with University policy and procedures.
    • Working to promptly resolve conflict and grievances when they arise in accordance with University policy and procedures.
  3. Citizenship and Service
    • Demonstrate citizenship behaviours that align to the UQ values.
    • Show leadership of self through collaboration and active participation in priority activities.
    • Provide support to other academic positions and unit operations as needed during absences.
    • Contribute to internal service roles and administrative processes as required, including participation in decision-making and service on relevant committees.
    • Collaborate in service activities external to the immediate organisation unit.
    • Begin to develop links and partnerships by cultivating relationships with external bodies.

This is a research focused position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ's Criteria for Academic Performance.

This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position for up to 2.5 years.

At Academic level A the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range AUD$77,324 - $102,945, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to AUD$90,470 - $120,445 annually. As these roles are covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases in line with the Enterprise Agreement.

The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad: from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options and flexible start/finish times, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

About You

  • PhD in engineering or environmental sciences that encompasses numerical modelling of physical systems.
  • Strong technical skills in numerical modelling, ideally including experience with hydrogeochemical and reactive transport modelling software such as PHREEQC, TOUGHREACT, MIN3D, Hydrus.
  • Experience of field monitoring, ideally including collecting water samples and installing water quality sensors.
  • Willingness to undertake field trips of periods of several days in Australia.
  • Track record of publishing in high quality scientific journals as lead author.
  • Evidence of contributions towards successfully obtaining external research funding.
  • Some experience in meaningful internal service roles and contributions towards external activities
  • Demonstrated high-level interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.
  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.
  • Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

Relocating from interstate or overseas? We will support you with the visa sponsorship process and a relocation support package. You can find out more about life in Australia's Sunshine State here.


To submit an application for this role, go to the UQ Careers portal and/or use the Apply Now button there/here.

For more information about this opportunity, please contact Associate Professor Mansour Edraki, email or mobile +61-407-745-224.

For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number (R-29594) in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter responding to the 'About You' section

Applications close Saturday 15 June 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R-29594).

Other Information

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