Metallurgist/Research Engineer

$116,867 - $123,517 (G09) plus 17% superannuation, Fixed Term June 2022 - with a strong likelihood of extension, Located at our Perth Campus (Bentley) in Western Australia.

The Gold Technology Group
The Gold Technology Group (GTG) is a research group with a 30 year history of serving the gold/precious metals industry in performing industrially relevant research and development, consulting, software development, training, technology transfer and industry surveys.
The GTG resides within the Western Australian School of Mines. It is located on Curtin University’s Perth Campus in Perth and interacts with the academic departments and research centres on the Perth and Kalgoorlie campuses. While this position is based at Curtin’s Bentley Campus it requires travel to mine sites, as well as meetings and conferences around Australia and overseas, to support the research and consultancy work related to the project. 
We have an exciting opportunity available for a Metallurgist/Research Engineer, to join the Gold Technology Group team.

In this role you will….

  • Use your intimate knowledge of mineral processing and hydrometallurgical processes and laboratory based characterisation to support plant optimisation.
  • Contribute to laboratory test work programs.
  • Coordinate, plan, execute and report on gold processing plant surveys.
  • Manage the coordination and presentation of short courses in gold processing.
  • Contribute to investigations into recovery of gold from variable ores.
  • Participate in productive research projects with academic and industry partners.
  • Provide HDR students and research associates with advice on complex experiments.
  • Liaise with gold industry site staff for training, site audits and sampling campaigns.

Why choose Curtin   

  • We are ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2019).
  • Easily accessible location with great parking, bus station and end of trip facilities!
  • A flexible benefits package with excellent superannuation provisions.
  • A vibrant campus with gym, child care, wellness programs, medical and counselling services.
  • Opportunity for on-going career development and opportunity to attend national and international conferences.
  • A major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.
  • The University has recently been named as one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 by the Diversity Council of Australia (DCA).

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We are looking for someone with…

  • Graduate qualifications in Metallurgy/Metallurgical Engineering, or a related field (Chemical/ Science – Chemistry/ Geochemistry) and relevant experience;


  • An equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training with a Postgraduate Diploma (or Master’s degree by course work) in Extractive Metallurgy, Metallurgical Engineering or a related field.
  • High level practical experience in metallurgical processing of precious and base metals with substantial supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing novel approaches to addressing metallurgical processing problems.
  • High level practical knowledge of mineralogical and process characterisation.
  • Willingness to contribute to a cross-disciplinary team, and an ability to initiate novel technology solutions.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills with the ability to liaise with a diverse range of people.
  • Ability to guide and mentor junior technical staff and assist research students.
  • Experience in the maintenance and operation of an R&D laboratory (desirable).
  • Experience in the development and application of gold process models (desirable).
  • High level knowledge of the mineralogical characterisation equipment such as X-Ray Diffraction, Optical and Electron Microscopy, 3D X-Ray Computed Tomography, X-Ray Fluorescence, LA-ICP-MS, XPS, MP-AES, Raman Spectroscopy (desirable).

Next steps

Please apply on-line with a cover letter and resume to enable us to assess your suitability for the role. If you require reasonable accommodation to participate in the recruitment process please advise in your cover letter. 

Applications close: 9:00 PM, Wednesday 8 April 2020

Please apply via the attached link, we cannot accept resumes sent to the above contact.


Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.

16/03/2020 $0 Perth 1 Mining, Resources & Energy
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