Scholarship for a Newcrest-funded PhD project in Plant Operating Strategies for Tailings Management


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Agriculture and Environment, Engineering and Computing, Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Top-up Scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum tax-free (2020 rate), indexed annually, for three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances. Top-Up Stipend of AUD 10,000 per year, for the three years of the PhD program with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.
Opening date 6 November 2019
Closing date 15 January 2020



The Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) is a world-renowned research and postgraduate education organisation, located at Indooroopilly in Brisbane, approximately 5 km from St Lucia, the main campus of the University of Queensland. JKMRC was established in 1970, and now forms part of the UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI).

The mission of the JKMRC is to deliver world-class, industry-focussed education, research and technical services to the world minerals industry and allied sectors. The JKMRC has an international reputation for applied research in the areas of mineral processing and geometallurgy. It specialises in ore characterisation, mineral processing unit operations such as comminution and flotation, applied mineralogy, and the interface between mining and processing. It works closely with the international minerals industry and other research providers in Australia and overseas. The JKMRC has graduated in excess of 200 Masters and PhD students and won many awards for its research. Further information about JKMRC can be found at

The Role:

JKMRC and Newcrest are looking for an independent, bright and enthusiastic student who is excited at the prospect of conducting research in the field of Plant Operating Strategies for Waste Management. The student will be expected to operate with a high degree of autonomy, under the guidance of the world’s top mineral industry researchers.

The JKMRC has a longstanding collaborative relationship with Newcrest Mining Limited.  Newcrest is an Australian-based mining company which engages in exploration, development and mining of copper and gold. They own and run a number of operations both in Australia and around the world, including:  Cadia Valley Operations (NSW); Telfer Mine (WA); Lihir Mine (Papua New Guinea); and Gosowong (Indonesia).  

This project is part of Newcrest’s commitment to the development and implementation of ground-breaking new technologies in mineral beneficiation, treatment and separation. This exciting project will focus specifically on the development of operational strategies in copper and gold processing plants to enable better management of waste. The project will employ a staged plant analysis and operational strategy assessment program to deliver value at each stage of implementation. It will identify step-wise operational changes in Newcrest processing plants that deliver tailings management benefits in themselves. The operational strategies thus developed should also combine to provide significant overall value chain improvement in mine and plant operation. Significant exposure to client operations and some travel will be expected as part of this PhD. The research is expected to involve simulations, proof of concept laboratory test work and small scale practical trials where appropriate, with a focus on copper/gold mines.

The student appointed under this scholarship will form part of a group of students sponsored under the Newcrest – UQ Alliance in Sustainable Mining.  This alliance was formed as a UQ-Industry PhD Partnership (UQIPP) with the intention of conducting mining-related research projects of strategic interest to Newcrest and to develop the next generation of technical leaders for the mining industry.

Students are expected to commence in the first half of 2020 and finish within four years of commencement.


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

Applications are closed.

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To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link on the upper right of this page. 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 the appropriate scholarship type, or select ‘other’ and type in ‘ops tailings CPF in the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

The successful applicant will be an outstanding and enthusiastic science or engineering graduate in possession of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum Honours class IIB or equivalent.  Please view the minimum level of academic achievement for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy on the UQ Graduate School Research Degree page (  Applicants must have an academic background in a

field or discipline relevant to chemistry, chemical engineering, sustainability, minerals processing and/or environmental management, ideally with experience in one or more areas including value chain analysis, minerals beneficiation and tailings management. The applicant should have experience in carrying out practical research and conducting experiments in plant and laboratory environments.

Applicants should have the ability to work autonomously, show initiative while also building a good rapport with their peers and work across interdisciplinary fields.  Applicants must note that applying to this position does not guarantee admission to UQ in the RHD program. The applicant who is selected to participate in the Project will be invited to apply to the UQ Graduate School for admission to UQ. Participation in the Project and award of a scholarship is conditional on the applicant receiving an offer of admission from UQ Graduate School. The SMI Research Higher Degree Office will guide the successful application through the admission application process.

Applications are closed.


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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.

Applications are closed.