Newcrest PhD Scholarsip

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: St Lucia, QUEENSLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 19 Mar 2017

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Area:Faculty Of Engineering, Architecture & Info Tech
Salary (FTE):APA Scholarship NON-BANDED ($26,682.00 - $26,682.00)
Work type:Full Time - Scholarship
Location: St Lucia

PhD Scholarship – Dozer push alternatives for feeding IPCC Systems in Deep Open Pit Metalliferous Mines

The School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering maintains a world class reputation and is at the cutting-edge of engineering education, research and expert consultation across the fields of mechanical, materials, mining, aerospace and mechatronic engineering. 

The School's reputation for research excellence attracts academia from around the world.  Our diverse research programs address the evolving needs of industry and society, and contribute to economic and social development. The School's established research strengths in hypersonics, light metals, geothermal energy and mining technology are complemented by continued growth in areas such as solar thermal, composites, metals manufacturing, and rock mechanics.

The role

The central question that this research project is: "Are dozer push systems technically and economically attractive as a feed mechanism for IPCC systems in deep metalliferous mines?" The applicant will:

  • Review the potential to apply a double benching scenario whereby material on the upper bench is dozed to a shovel feeding material from a lower bench;
  • Review dozer feed systems employing 1, 2 and up to 3 dozers to feed dozer trap systems;
  • Develop dozer feed models to predict productivity as a function of material hardness and particle size distribution;
  • Conduct a design review to identify potential safety hazards of the resulting mining options;
  • Use simulation tools to estimate average, as well as maximum and minimum demonstrated rates for dozer feed systems plus distributions for expected operation delays; and
  • Apply the most attractive dozer feed scenarios to select push-backs with two case studies in order to estimate likely costs, production rates and time utilisation.

The person

Applicants should have a degree in Mechanical and/or Mining Engineering, with at least 5 years' experience in mine planning. The candidate is also required to meet the minimum requirements for entry into the PhD program . The research group is very dynamic and fast moving and hence it is crucial that any candidate is a team player with an independent and professional work ethic. The candidate must have excellent communication skills in terms of both written and spoken English language expression.


The scholarship is comprised of a stipend of $30,000 per annum for a total of three years with the possibility of a six-month extension. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to supplement this stipend with paid casual teaching and tutoring.

Closing Date: 19 March 2017


Enquiries related to this position should be directed to Prof Peter Knights ( ) or Associate Prof Mehmet Kizil ( ).  

The closing date for applications is 19 March 2017 however UQ reserves the right to award the scholarship at any time.

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

  • A cover letter that addresses you meet the requirements for the PhD program;
  • A curriculum vitae detailing education, professional experience, research experience, publications, and relevant competencies;
  • Evidence of Australian citizenship status;
  • The name and contact details of three referees.

Advertised:07 Mar 2017
Applications close:19 Mar 2017 (11:55 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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