A Parker PhD Scholarship

Expressions of interest are sought for a fully funded three year PhD scholarship to access creation and its measurement in impermeable rock mass for the in-situ recovery of metals from ore bodies.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) study will be conducted at Murdoch University. It will be co-supervised by A/Prof. Aleks Nikoloski (Murdoch), Dr Laura Kuhar (CSIRO) and Prof. Andrej Bona (Curtin University), and will involve partners from the mineral and chemical industries.

Objectives and Tasks

This study aims to understand the impact of cryogenic liquids, microwaves and high-voltage pulses on access creation in impermeable hard-rock mass, from the perspective of rock properties, permeability and their effect on leachability.

Access will be created in samples using the techniques mentioned above and the extent or success of the access creation will be tested using a variety of tool(s). Leaching tests on treated and untreated material will be used to assess the effect of the access creation, i.e., are there conditions under which preferential liberation of value minerals can be achieved, or is the access creation non-selective. Improvements in leaching may also be supplemented by using ultrasonics, solution pulsing and electrostatic mass-transfer promotion, and reagents that can stimulate fluid flow. Outcomes from this work will be used to evaluate the potential for the use of these alternative (micro-) access-creation methods in an in-situ environment and their effect on the metal recovery by leaching.

Funding bodyThe Parker CRC
ValueAUD$27,596 per annum
Duration3 years

Qualifications required:

  • The opportunity is open to domestic candidates.
  • Candidates should have research experience in the form of a written thesis at Master’s degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, hydrometallurgy, metallurgy or other related field.
  • Experience in hydrometallurgy or access-creation experiments and in analytical methods for solid and/or fluid characterisation will be an advantage.
  • Willingness to work in a team at the intersection of academia and industry.
  • Fluency in English.

Please read the requirements for entry into the PhD program at Murdoch University.

Apply by15 April 2019
To apply

Please send a single pdf file to Professor Aleks Nikoloski, College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education, Murdoch University. The single pdf should contain:

  • A full CV and a letter explaining your background, skills and research interests.
  • The names and addresses of 2 referees.
ContactPlease direct any questions relating to this scholarship to Professor Aleks Nikoloski.