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Senior Hydrogeologist – Contract Position - Laos - immediate start

Job Field:
Geosciences Jobs
Geologist Jobs, Hydrogeologist Jobs, Hydrologist Jobs
Laos, South East Asia
Laos All
Contract Type:
Contract / Fixed Term
Salary Description:
FIFO 28/14 roster
Phu Bia Mining
Job Ref:

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Senior Hydrogeologist – Contract Position

·           3 to 4 month contract in Laos with immediate start

·           Assist the Geotechnical and Hydrogeological Superintendent address surface and groundwater issues through  a challenging, high rainfall wet season

·           Fly in, fly out on 28/14 roster


Reporting to the Geotechnical & Hydrogeological Superintendent, you will act as the hydrogeological expert to tackle the challenges associated with open pit operations in a high rainfall environment during the upcoming wet season. Your key focus will be slope depressurization, and surface water management during wet season.

PanAust Limited is an Australian-headquartered copper and gold producer in Laos, with pre-development and exploration assets in Laos, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea (PNG). The Company is focused on a sustainable business model associated with the production and sale of copper and gold, delivery of production goals and growth. 

In Laos, PanAust owns a 90 per cent interest in the Lao-registered company, Phu Bia Mining Limited. The Government of Laos owns the remaining 10 per cent. Phu Bia Mining owns and operates PanAust’s Phu Kham Copper-Gold and Ban Houayxai Gold-Silver Operation. 

Laos is a safe, developing country, located in the heart of Southeast Asia. It is bordered by Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and China. Phu Bia Mining offers experienced mining professionals the opportunity to work at world-class mining operations where you can contribute to the ongoing success of the operations, while gaining Expat experience in a challenging environment. Our modern mine camps provide a range of Western and Asian food and sporting and recreational facilities, including football field, gym, pool tables and wet mess. 

This contract position is primarily based at our Phu Kham Copper-Gold Operation, located approximately 120km north of the Lao capital Vientiane; however, as you will provide support to both Phu Kham and our Ban Houayxai Gold-Silver Operation, you will be required to travel between the two sites.

Phu Kham Copper-Gold Operation is a conventional open pit mine producing approximately 85,000 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.         

Ban Houayxai Gold-Silver Operation comprises an open pit mine feeding ore to a conventional Carbon in Leach (CIL) and gravity recovery process plant. 

Your key responsibilities will include:


·       Provide technical expertise to identify, manage and report all water related risks and develop risk mitigation strategies

·       Maintain groundwater and surface water management plans

·       Plan and manage horizontal slope depressurisation drilling programs

·       Develop and implement groundwater monitoring programs


To be successful in this role, you will require:


·       Tertiary qualifications in geology or related degree, preferably with post qualification in hydrogeology

·       Proven experience in mining operations with a focus on groundwater management essential

·       Experience in groundwater testing and drilling programs

·       Software proficiency in Feflow and Modflow is preferred

·       Outstanding problem solving and analytical skills

·       Work effectively with the team and has shown initiative towards the job

·       Highly adaptable with strong commitment to train and support the growth of Lao National employees

·       Unwavering commitment to safety 

For questions regarding this position or our recruitment process, please contact Amy Murr in our recruitment team on +856 20 2200 1484 or email

 Click on Apply Now which will direct you to this vacancy on the PanAust careers page and complete your application online


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