ARC Training Centre for Integrated Operations for Complex Resources

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Payment per year
$34,013 per annum
3.5 years (PhD project), 2.5 years (Masters, Project 15 only)
PhD (Masters for Project 15 only)
Postgraduate Research
Australian Citizens
Australian Permanent Residents
New Zealand Citizens
Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holders
International Students
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Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
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The Training Centre for Integrated Operations for Complex Resources is funded by the Australian Research Council to support 16 full time Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students (15 PhD and 1 MPhil) who will undertake inter-disciplinary research in mining engineering, mineral processing, metallurgy, chemical engineering, biochemistry, geostatistics, applied geology, mechanical engineering, computer science, mathematics, statistics and related areas.

Eligibility: Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia or international students who are acceptable as candidates for a HDR degree at one of the host universities (University of Adelaide or University of South Australia)

Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Stipend:  The scholarship will be for 3.5 years (PhD projects) and 2.5 years (MPhil, Project 15) and has a stipend of $34,013 per annum (indexed annually). It is likely to be tax exempt, subject to Taxation Office approval.  Details of any terms and/or benefits can be found in the Conditions of Award/Rules.

International applicants should be aware that the cost of mandatory Overseas Student Health Cover is not provided by this scholarship.

Available projects (all projects are available to students enrolling at the University of Adelaide unless otherwise indicated):

HDR1. Cross-borehole seismic interferometry to interpolate rock mass and geometallurgical variables

HDR2. Draw-point and cave operations and fragmentation sensing - THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN FILLED

HDR3. Wireless sensor network radio frequency identification for continuously deployable tagging.


HDR5. Vibration and accelerometer sensing for early stage roping detection in hydro cyclones - THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN FILLED

HDR6. Pulp chemistry monitoring for leach applications (University of South Australia).

HDR7. Integration and analytics of drill sensor information to derive geometallurgical attributes - - THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN FILLED

HDR8. Fingerprinting ore types and blends by fusing hyper-spectral and other sensor data using assisted machine learning (University of South Australia).

HDR9. Ore tracking model from uncertain resource model to belt sensors and run-of-mine stockpiles - THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN FILLED

HDR10. Integration of sensors to maximise crushing plant throughput.

HDR11. Integration of grinding circuit sensors including ultrasonics for particle size distribution to maximise mill throughput - THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN FILLED

HDR12. Integration and analytics of pulp chemistry sensor information with in-stream analysis for flotation plant optimisation (University of South Australia).- THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN FILLED

HDR13.  Integration of in-stream and particle size measurements in flotation (University of South Australia).

HDR14. Rapid updating of resource knowledge with sensor information including structures.

HDR15. Measuring and monitoring particle size distributions so as to divert low value waste (MPhil only) - THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN FILLED

HDR16. Linking the resource to down-stream products - THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN FILLED

Additional information:

For further information specific to each research project, please contact the principal supervisor as per the ARC Training Centre for Integrated Operations for Complex Resources flyer below.

For general information about the Training Centre, please contact Dr Ruth Shaw at


Expressions of interest should be submitted to with IOCR Training Centre PLUS the specific HDR project number (e.g. HDR 2) of one or more of the projects in the subject heading. Please ensure you include all of the following documents:

  • evidence of Australian or New Zealand citizenship, or Australian permanent resident status, if applicable
  • degree parchments
  • academic transcripts
  • translations of non-English documentation
  • evidence of English language proficiency
  • a curriculum vitae

Short-listed applicants will be invited to an interview. Selected candidates will be invited to submit a formal application for admission. Instructions will be provided to short-listed candidates in due course.