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Senior Mine Geologist

Job Field:
Geosciences Jobs
Data Analysis/Data Management Jobs, Geo Drilling Jobs, Geologist Jobs, Geoscientist Jobs, GIS (Geographical Information Systems) Jobs, Mine Geologist Jobs, Modelling and Software Jobs
Open pit
Laos, South East Asia
Laos All
Contract Type:
Salary Description:
Attractive expat salary package FIFO option
Phu Bia Mining
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                        GROW WITH PHU BIA MINING.



  • Advance your career and be a part of a leading mining company in Laos
  • Focus on continuous improvement and mentoring the geology team
  • Live in Laos and enjoy a fabulous expatriate lifestyle or fly in, fly out from your point of hire


This is an exciting time to join PanAust and our subsidiary company, Phu Bia Mining in Laos. Our Phu Kham Copper-Gold Operation and our Ban Houayxai Gold-Silver Operation in Laos are both delivering strong production and cost performances and our exploration team has an exciting pipeline of projects both in Laos and SE Asia. In addition, the PanAust Group is progressing well in its Stage 1 Feasibility Study of the newly acquired Frieda River Copper Project in PNG.


Laos is a safe, developing country, located in the heart of South East Asia. Laos is a safe, developing country, located in the heart of South East Asia.  It is bordered by Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Vietnam and China, making it the ideal base for expatriates interested in travelling during their rostered breaks. 


PanAust offers experienced mining professionals the opportunity to advance their career by contributing to the development and continuous improvement of the operations, standards, systems and processes that will underpin our future growth.  As an employer who values diversity, we encourage women to apply for all available positions.  By joining our team, you will play an important role in developing our highly motivated Lao national workforce in line with our commitment to localisation.


We offer an attractive salary package including housing and children’s education allowance for residential employees, performance bonus, medical and insurance cover, and a fly in, fly out roster that includes travel in company time.  Our modern mine camps provide a range of Western and Asian food and sport and recreational facilities, including football field, gym, pool tables and wet mess. 

This position is based at our Phu Kham Copper-Gold Operation, located approximately 120km north of the Lao capital, Vientiane.  Phu Kham is a conventional open pit mine producing approximately 90,000 tonnes of copper concentrate annually.  The process plant, upgraded to a design capacity of 19 million tonnes per annum, comprises a SAG mill and two ball mill grinding circuits, each rated at 13 mega watts, with copper and precious metal recovery by flotation.   


Reporting to the Geology Superintendent, you will be expected to identify opportunities and deliver improvements in a number of core activities including: planning, implementation and execution of drilling programs, construction of grade control block models, maintenance of drilling and sampling databases and reconciliations of metal forecasting tools. As the Senior Geologist, you will be responsible for leading a multi-cultural team of expatriate Geologists and Lao technicians.


Your key responsibilities will include:


  • Plan, implement and execute the drilling programs
  • Perform geological mapping, wireframe and interpretation to enhance understanding of geological control on ore and waste
  • Provide grade control modelling and minimise ore perimeter design loss and dilution
  • Liaise with drilling contractors and supervision of contractor pit activities inclusive of sampling practices and sample recovery
  • Train and supervise Lao staff across mapping, wire-framing and domaining, database management and QAQC interrogation, grade control model creation
  • Participate in reconciliation processes for identification of improvement areas
  • Maintain current daily, weekly and monthly reporting and participate in budget and forecasting exercises
  • Provide technical support i.e. ore-blocking and mine reporting to the Production Geology section
  • Provide technical and geological support to other PBM Departments as required

To be successful in this role, you will require:


  • Degree qualification in geosciences
  • Considerable experience in mine geology for an open-cut mining operation
  • Proven experience and understanding of Surpac, Datamine or similar mining software package
  • Strong skills in grade control modelling coupled with excellent analytical and interpretation skills
  • Demonstrated capability in delivering improvements at a Senior level
  • Excellent written and verbal communication in English
  • Unwavering commitment to safety and the development of our National employees

To make an application:  Click on "Apply Now" which will direct you to this vacancy on the Pan Aust Careers website and complete the online application process.  If you have any problem with the Apply link, copy into your browser:
For questions regarding this position or our recruitment process, please contact our recruitment team on +856 (0) 21 268

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