Delivering the vital enabling tools – advanced sensors, data analytics and artificial intelligence – for automated, integrated and optimised mining.

By bringing together end-users, translation partners and researchers, the IOCR Training Centre will drive productivity in mining, grow competitiveness in the METS sector, and build skills and capacity for end-user focussed research.

The Training Centre uses an integrated systems approach that focuses on:

Smart Sensing

Data Analytics & Integration

Optimisation through Integration

Our Objectives

01. Demonstrate

Demonstrate benefits and deliver integrated tools to maximise productivity and reduce risk

02. Deliver

Deliver the next generation of scientists and engineers in sensors, data analytics and artificial intelligence for complex resources

03. Advance

Advance capability in integrating sensed proxy and directly measured data

04. Increase

Increase value in the mining and METS sectors with radical technological change



  • Applications are sought from candidates with a strong academic background in one or more of the following areas: mining engineering, mineral processing, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, applied geology, physics, computer science, geostatistics or mathematics.
  • Successful applicants will conduct their research in an integrated, inter-disciplinary environment and will spend a total of 12 months of their research project in one or more of the industry partner companies.
  • For more information on the HDR projects and the application criteria, click here. HDR Projects 2, 3, 8 and 16 are still available.

Successful applicants will receive a tax-free stipend of AUS $34,627 per annum as set by the ARC for three years (with possible six month extension), as well as generous project operating funds. No tuition fees apply.



  • Join a team of 20 academics, 16 PhD scholars, 18 industry partners and three universities in a major, world-leading, four-year project to integrate and optimise the value chain of mining operations from in situ resources to final mineral recovery;
  • Work with, and participate in, the supervision of PhD scholars and work closely with the Chief Investigators on selected research themes;
  • One position is available for a candidate with demonstrated relevant research experience in mining engineering, mineral processing, geostatistics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, data analytics or mathematical modelling;
  • Candidates will be required to work within and across disciplines other than their own; demonstrating the ability to do so is an advantage;

To find out more about the Postdoctoral Research Position available click here. We are taking applications for positions to start immediately.



We work with a number of industry partners which guide and support the innovative research being undertaken at the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia and Curtin University.

These industry partners:

  • Provide in-house training for the PhD Scholars and provide the industry context for the Postdoctoral Researchers – in collaboration with the Universities.
  • Ensure that the Training Centre produces future leaders in advanced sensors and data analytics for complex resources.
  • Participate in, and contribute to, world-leading research that will transform end-user mining operations.
  • Translate research outcomes into industry ready application.

Becoming an industry partner in the Training Centre offers many benefits including:

  • Connecting with workplace-ready graduates with industry-relevant skills and experience
  • Access to information on new technologies
  • Opportunity to guide the training and development of the next generation workforce
  • Access to university research and development capabilities, expertise, infrastructure and technology platforms.

For more information on becoming an IOCR Industry Partner, please email us.

The Training Centre is funded by the Australian Research Council, the Partner Organizations and the Universities

The ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for the Integrated Operations for Complex Resources received Australian Government funding through the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Research Program.

Research and Industry Partners

The most recent Australian Research Council assessment of national research (ERA 2018) ranked Mining Engineering research at the University of Adelaide as number 1 in Australia – the only Mining Engineering research group to be ranked at the highest level (5) in the Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy classification. The University of South Australia’s mineral processing research was also ranked 5 in the Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy classification.

The prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU 2020) ranked Mining and Mineral Engineering at the University of Adelaide as number 7 in the World and number 2 in Australia. Mining and Mineral Engineering at Curtin University was ranked 19 in the World and 6 in Australia.


If you are interested in: 

  • Applying for a High Degree by Research (PHD) Scholarship
  • Applying for a Postdoctoral Research Position
  • Becoming an Industry Partner

Or any other general enquiries and information, please contact us at:

Professor Peter Dowd, IOCR TC Director
Ph: (08) 8313 4543

Dr Ruth Shaw, IOCR TC Business Manager
Ph: (08) 8313 1189