PhD Scholarship: Collaborative Consortium for Coarse Particle Processing Research (CPR)

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Collaborative Consortium for Coarse Particle Processing Research (CPR) Program scholarship

Research Environment

UQ ranks in the top 50 as measured by the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. The University also ranks 46 in the QS World University Rankings, 42 in the US News Best Global Universities Rankings, 66 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 54 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The Julius Kruttschnitt Minerals Research Centre (JKMRC) is a world-renowned research and postgraduate education organisation, located at Indooroopilly in Brisbane, approximately 7 km from the main University of Queensland campus in St Lucia. JKMRC was established in 1970, and now forms part of the UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI).

The W.H. Bryan Mining & Geology Research Centre (BRC) has a reputation for practical innovation and leadership in deep mine development and operation. With a diverse range of mining and ‘geo’ expertise, BRC is focused on delivering industrial research solutions for active and future mines. The BRC is actively working on the development of new and improved methods for ore extraction and, most importantly for future mining effectiveness, in enhancing total deposit knowledge and predictive understanding of ore bodies.

The mission of the SMI-JKMRC-BRC is to deliver world-class, customer-focussed education, research and technical services to the world minerals industry and allied sectors. The SMI-JKMRC-BRC 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. Its emphasis on systems analysis by mathematical modelling and process simulations has led to major new methodologies in the design and optimisation of mineral processing operations. It works closely with the international minerals industry and with other research providers in Australia and overseas. It has graduated in excess of 200 Masters and PhD students and won many awards for its research. It has a proven record of technology transfer through JKTech, which has significant experience in the commercial delivery of SMI-JKMRC-BRC research outcomes, particularly in simulation software and ore characterisation methodologies. Further information about SMI-JKMRC-BRC can be found at

The award

Supervisors – Dr Liza Forbes and Associate Professor Kym Runge

PhD and MSc students are sought to take part in a newly formed research program at the Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland. The Collaborative Consortium for Coarse Particle Processing Research (CPR) is sponsored by a large group of international mining companies, all interested in developing practical and applied solutions to coarse particle processing.

The processing of coarse particles is considered one of the key research areas for developing improved energy efficiency of mineral processing operations. This research program not only addresses pressing industry needs, but also contributes towards larger challenges such as the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation of man-made climate change.

The program will tackle multidisciplinary aspects of coarse particle processing such as flotation, comminution, classification, and equipment design and process chemistry. The representatives of the sponsor companies see higher degree graduates from this program as an important source of skilled future employees.

It is estimated that the projects will commence early in 2021, subject to the easing of travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A working knowledge of mineral flotation, comminution and classification would be beneficial.

Selection criteria

To be eligible to apply, you must also meet the PhD or the MPhil entry requirements depending on your preferred program. 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 mineral science or engineering and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of mineral processing, mineral beneficiation, with a proven capability of carrying out practical research is highly desirable.


The 2020 Research Training Program (RTP) living allowance stipend rate is AUD$28,092 per annum (indexed annually), which is tax-free for three years with two possible extensions of up to 6 months each in approved circumstances (conditions apply).


For further information, please contact Dr Liza Forbes at: [email protected] +61 3345 5893

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 ‘COARSEin the ‘Name of scholarship’ field.

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