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Location University of Queensland, Sustainable Minerals Institute - JKMRC
App. deadline 15/06/2018
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

Development of a model informed process control strategy for coal

SMI-JKMRC, in partnership with the CSIRO, has been awarded an ACARP grant with the objective of developing and testing a model informed process control system for coal flotation.  CSIRO have developed an InterfloatTM sensor capable of accurately determining the height of a flotation froth above a launder lip, as well as information about the froth structure.  This information coupled with a camera has the potential to estimate yield from a flotation cell.  CSIRO have partnered with SMI-JKMRC to test this device and determine whether it can be combined with flotation froth modelling algorithms to develop a model informed process control system to optimise coal yield and selectivity.  Experimental work for this project will be conducted at Anglo’s Moranbah North mine and involve testwork on a Jameson cell.  A Master student is being sought to assist with this research project with the project due to commence in October 2018.  The Masters project working title is “Development of a model informed process control strategy for coal”.   The student would need to commence in either October 2018 or January, 2019.

The successful applicant will be an outstanding and enthusiastic mineral science or engineering graduate in possession of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum honours class IIB or equivalent.  Please view the minimum level of academic achievement for admission to the Master of Philosophy on the UQ Graduate School Research Degree page (  Applicants must have an academic background in a field or discipline relevant to the area of mineral processing and ideally experience in mineral concentration through froth flotation, with a proven capability of carrying out practical research.  Applicants should have the ability to work autonomously and show initiative while also building a good rapport with site personnel from a range of disciplines.  Strong analytical skills and familiarity with mass balancing software, Matlab and Microsoft Excel are also highly desirable.

The selected applicant should be prepared to commence masters candidature in Brisbane, Australia within the first two weeks of Research Quarter 4 (October) 2018 or Research Quarter 1 (January) 2019.

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