Ph.D. Scholarship in Geostatistics/Ore Reserve Estimation


The mining resources within the Sustainable Minerals Institute have been consolidated under the WH Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre (BRC). This new mining research initiative has effectively brought together significant intellectual and operational skills which offers integrated thinking across the mining value chain. The centre’s expertise include Mass Mining, blasting fundamentals, geotechnical engineering, ore body modelling, geometallurgy, optimisation in mine design and planning as well as applied blast engineering. The BRC’s strategy is to focus on providing solutions for complex, large scale mining operations. The BRC is one of six SMI research centres of The University of Queensland, it provides high quality research, technical innovation and technology transfer to the mining industry.
The Role: We are seeking a PhD candidate to join the AMIRA P843A Geometallurgical Mapping and Mine Modelling (GeMIII) project and become part of a unique multi-disciplinary team with resource estimation, blasting, mine planning, geological, geotechnical, mineral processing and mathematical modelling backgrounds. Resource estimation is one of the core themes of the GeMIII project and fundamental work is required in the areas of modelling non-grade attributes. This exciting industry funded project will allow the candidate to interact with national and international sponsors and may involve domestic and international travel for field work.
The person: Applicants should have a background in geostatistics, ore reserve evaluation or related disciplines. Experience with ore reserve modelling practices are essential. International applicants are welcome.
Remuneration: The stipend is valued from $ 26,669 to $41,669 (tax free) per year depending on skills and experience. The Scholarship will be awarded for 3 years.
Contact: Further information regarding the project can be obtained by contacting the project leader Prof Alan Bye (07) 3346 4072 or
Applications: Please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae outlining your interest and suitability for this position to Lauren Stafford, Manager WH Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre (BRC), The University of Queensland St Lucia Brisbane Qld 4072 or
Applications close: 27th November 2009
Reference Number: 3018313