Opportunities

Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Data-driven process monitoring and control for the minerals industry

In the Machine Learning and Extractive Metallurgy research groups of the Department of Process Engineering at Stellenbosch University, a specific research focus is process monitoring and control for the mineral industry. Statistical and machine learning techniques are explored in the context of dynamic simulation and real-world case studies to investigate promising approaches for cost effective and sustainable operation of mineral processing circuits. The main role of the postdoctoral fellow will be to carry out research in data-driven process monitoring and control as applied to mineral processing case studies. This is achieved primarily through the identification of newly developed methods from various fields (e.g. neuroscience, robotics, etc.) through literature studies, followed by application and evaluation thereof in the minerals processing context by means of algorithm studies.

The full advert, detailing the position’s duties and responsibilities, and application requirements, can be downloaded here.

Queries and complete applications can be sent to Prof Tobi Louw

Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Multidisciplinary researcher in urban WEF Nexus

The ARUA Centre of Excellence in Energy is looking for an outstanding candidate to support its activities in quantitative modelling of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus within an urban context. The successful candidate will have an excellent academic record in a relevant discipline, including but not limited to engineering, urban planning, economics, renewable energy modelling, or data science.

The full advert, detailing the position’s duties and responsibilities, and application requirements, can be downloaded here.

Queries and complete applications can be sent to Prof Neill Goosen

Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Thermal Separations Technology

An opportunity for a post-doctoral researcher in the field of thermal separations technology at the Department of Process Engineering at Stellenbosch University is currently available. The focus of the position would be on thermodynamics, phase behaviour, distillation and/or extraction principles with particular focus on either high pressure/supercritical applications or low pressure thermodynamics and modelling thereof. The position will be awarded initially for a period of one year but may be extended based on performance and availability of funds.

The full advert, detailing the position’s duties and responsibilities, and application requirements, can be downloaded here.

Queries and complete applications can be sent to Prof Cara Schwarz

Postdoctoral Research Fellow: The techno‐economics and sustainability assessment of metal production from primary and secondary resources

An opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, under the guidance of Prof Christie Dorfling, is available in the Extractive Metallurgy research group. The position will focus on various types of extractive metallurgical processes for the recovery of metals from feed materials such as mine tailings, industrial waste, and end‐of‐life electronic consumer goods.

The full advert, detailing the position’s duties and responsibilities, and application requirements, can be downloaded here.

Queries and complete applications can be sent to Prof Christie Dorfling

Prof Cara Schwarz has funded postgraduate opportunities available in thermodynamics of non-ideal systems at supercritical conditions. Candidates should be able to assume positions from January 2021. Funding is available depending on student profile, at the discretion of the researcher. Refer to attached documents for details.

Contact information: Prof CE Schwarz
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