Postgraduate Research Opportunities in High Temperature Critical Metal Production and Recycling (PhD and MPhil)


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Tuition Scholarship
Scholarship value $30,000 per annum (2022 rate), indexed annually. Single, couple and family Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is also available.
Scholarship duration 3.5 years with the possibility of 1 extension in line with UQ and RTP Scholarship Policy
Number awarded 2
Opening date 7 September 2021
Closing date 2 November 2021


Supervisor – Professor Evgueni Jak

Copper, nickel, cobalt, gold, silver and platinum are among the many critical metals that are essential for the manufacture of new battery materials, electrical and electronic devices and technologies that will enable the global transition to sustainable energy systems. There are major technical challenges associated with the industrial scale high temperature production, separation and recycling of these metals.

The overall aim of the research program is develop advanced chemical thermodynamic databases and models that can be used to predict the outcomes of these complex chemical reactions, and in doing so provide the industry with the vital fundamental scientific information and tools needed to be able to design and improve new, more efficient metal production and recycling technologies.

We are seeking enthusiastic candidates interested in cutting edge fundamental and applied research in the field of high temperature process metallurgy, metal extraction and recycling . The objectives of the projects are to provide critical information on phase equilibria and kinetics of reactions in complex multiphase reaction systems, involving metals, oxides, sulpides and molten salts, urgently needed to accurately describe the behaviour of these important industrial systems. This will involve undertaking new experimental measurements in selected chemical systems and at controlled process conditions, and the development of chemical thermodynamic databases and kinetic models.

The successful applicant will work as part of the Pyrometallurgy Innovation Centre (PYROSEARCH) team and provide important research outcomes to our Australian and international industry sponsors. 

A working knowledge of high temperature materials processing would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

Pyrometallurgy Innovation Centre

The Pyrometallurgy Innovation Centre at The University of Queensland has an outstanding international reputation for the high quality of research output. The Centre undertakes fundamental and applied research, funded through competitive Government grants and by world-wide consortia of leading international metallurgical, recycling and advanced materials industrial companies. More details on the research activities at the Centre are on our website.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and International students who are currently in Australia at the time of application and commencement.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘RECYCLING-JAK’ in the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of metallurgical, materials or chemical engineering, chemistry or related discipline and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of chemical thermodynamics is highly desirable.


Professor Evgueni Jak
+61 7 3365 3666

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.