First listed on: 07 April 2021

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Soil Science 

Sustainable Minerals Institute

The University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute is a world-leading research institute committed to developing knowledge-based solutions to meet the global sustainability challenges facing society. The work of SMI is transdisciplinary, independent, impartial and rigorous. Our research integrates the expertise of production, environmental, social science, and health and safety specialists to deliver sustainable resource development and train the next generation of industry and community leaders.

SMI is comprised of six research centres and a Centre of Excellence in Chile. In addition to the depth of expertise within each Centre, SMI has developed five ‘cross-cutting’ Strategic Research Programs to address these global challenges.

Information about the Institute may be accessed on the Institute's web site at

Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry (CWiMI)

The Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry supports the sustainable management of water in the minerals sector. The team contributes to solving the engineering, environmental and social challenges of water management and engages with a wide range of research organisations and stakeholders in Australia and internationally. The Centre’s research is funded principally by selected mining companies who are committed to sustainability performance.

About This Opportunity

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will focus their efforts on developing their expertise and emerging research profile in their discipline. At this level, the incumbent will be supported and guided by more senior academic staff with the expectation of an increasing degree of autonomy over time. The role will contribute to characterising soil chemical and physical properties, quantification and modelling water and solute transport in soil and soil like materials (e.g., mine waste, tailings and waste rocks) and conducting field and laboratory experiments.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the field of Soil Science to support a range of research projects undertaken by the Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry (CWiMI). The role will contribute to characterising soil chemical and physical properties, quantification and modelling water and solute transport in soil and soil like materials (e.g., mine waste, tailings, and waste rocks), and conducting field and laboratory experiments. The role will also contribute to the standard daily requirements of research activities such as database management, communicating with clients, the delivery of written reports, presentations to clients and the preparation of scientific papers. The successful candidate should have a willingness to travel and a good level of physical fitness.

You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time fixed term position, initially for up to 12 months at Academic Level A.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be $70,729 $88,412 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be $82,754 - $103,442.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File 3076378_Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Soil Science_.pdf

Our Selection Process

The University of Queensland is committed to ensuring all candidates are provided with the opportunity to attend the panel interviews, however, for those candidates who are unable to attend in person, video interview options will be available.   


To discuss this role please contact Dr Mandana Shaygan, via email or telephone; or +61 7 3346 4052

For application queries, please contact stating the job number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the apply button. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter addressing the Selection Criteria
  • Resume

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted. Applications which do not address the Selection Criteria will not be considered.

Applications close: 28 Apr 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time


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