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Mintek South Africa Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Apply by: 5 February 2024

Mintek South Africa Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Listing reference: minte_000187. Listing status: Online

Apply by: 5 February 2024

Position summary

Industry: Mining & Quarrying

Job category: Other: Engineering, Technical, Production and Manufacturing

Location: Randburg

Contract: Fixed Term Contract

Remuneration: Market Related

EE position: No


An exciting career opportunity exists at Mintek for a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Mining and Mineral Economics Division. The incumbent will be responsible for augment existing research capacity, build new areas of competence, and expand local and global research networks . All suitably qualified and experienced candidates are invited to apply.

Job description

Mintek Post-Doctoral Fellowship Programme:

REF: Min/13/2023/PDF


The objectives of the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme are to augment existing research capacity, build new areas of competence, and expand local and global research networks by:

·       Supporting the Division’s business model

·       Creating a targeted plan and build RDI portfolio to disseminate knowledge through publications to better align with future trends

·       Advancement and fulfilment of research goals;

·       Extend and deepen the scientific and technical abilities within the Division

·       Allows for active participation in publications of research papers in credible journals and research collaborations with various Mintek’s technical divisions, academic institutions, and other research entities

The Mining and Mineral Economics group is currently collaborating with other technical divisions internally within Mintek on various key priority areas and technology developments. Such technology developments require techno-economic, environmental impact and sustainability assessments, to identify preferred technology options as well as the required improvements in technological processes for industrial implementation.

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Focus areas:

Possible research areas include (but not limited to):

·       Focus on market research and trend analysis in mineral economics and economic modelling.

·       econometrics, techno-economics

·       financial modelling & valuation

·       Technological forecasting

Key responsibilities:

The Postdoctoral Fellow will work under the direction of a senior researcher and is expected to carry out the following responsibilities:

  • Independently working on developing techno-economic models for a range of process technologies.
  •  Provide technical support to other researchers in the group working on similar projects
  •  Critical evaluation of existing technologies, and proposals for technical development to improve these.
  • The publication of research outputs from current and previous projects
  •  Development of new areas of research within the research group.
  • Writing new funding proposals to sustain research activities
  • Taking a leading role in organising and promoting seminars and workshops in relation to these projects (including communication, logistics, web content etc.)
  •  Writing peer review publications and preparing competitive grant applications
  •  Actively contributing to research seminars and workshops, as well as the broader research activities.
  • Willingness to coach and mentor next generation of researchers


A PhD in Economics/Mining/techno-economics, and LCA assessments or social science or mining related studies

Skills and experience

  • Excellent technical skills
  • Good track record of research outputs
  • Good teaching and training skills (mentoring of postgraduate students)
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work and lead in both a team environment as well as an individual
  • Professional recognition and registration is an added advantage.


  • Comprehensive curriculum vitae, including academic records and R&D outputs.
  • Copy of doctoral certificate (or letter from the university confirming meeting of Ph.D. requirements).
  • Cover letter motivating the application.

Two (2) reference/support letters (one must be from the Ph.D. supervisor).

Minimum requirements

A PhD in Economics/Mining/techno-economics, and LCA assessments or social science or mining related studies

Working at Mintek

Mintek is passionate about building a capable workforce that will enable the organisation to meet its current and future strategic needs. This is actively done through talent management initiatives such as pipeline development programmes, recruitment and staff retention.  The organisation runs various programmes to nurture talent which include providing bursaries, in-service training, graduate development programmes as well as internships across all divisions.  Mintek also provides an array of employee wellness programmes to transform the lives of its employees so that they are better positioned to deliver on the strategic goals of the organisation while also living by the core values to create a high performance culture.

Working at Mintek means that you get to apply your skills and expertise for the advancement of science, engineering and technology; which are at the heart of the unique innovative products we offer our customers. If you are still studying or just completed studying and on your journey to become a professional, Mintek provides you with the platform to learn from high calibre professionals who will enhance your capabilities and set you up for a successful future within a globally competitive research council. We are a diverse workforce with interdisciplinary teams working towards a common goal of leading innovation and technology excellence in mineral resources to drive development and inclusive economic growth.

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