NRRI Mineral Processing & Metallurgy Staff Scientist - Researcher 3

Title: NRRI Researcher 3: Mineral Processing & Metallurgy Staff Scientist
Job ID: 361410
Location: Coleraine
Job Family: Research-Researchers
Job Code: 8352R3
Employee Class: Civil Service

About the Job

Mineral Processing & Metallurgy Staff Scientist - NRRI Researcher 3

The salary range for this position starts at $50,000.00/yr and depends on qualifications. Please note that sponsorship is not available for this position

This junior-level research position supports the Mineral Processing & Metallurgy research team based out of the NRRI Coleraine Laboratory in Coleraine, Minnesota. 

The purpose for this role is to support Principal Investigators (PIs) with day-to-day research tasks, such as immediate oversight of research execution, basic data analysis and summary reporting, and installation, commissioning, and troubleshooting of research equipment and methods.  This role will drive the safe execution of research by creating and managing operational requests and safety/quality related documentation.  Tasks assigned to this position will be completed in collaboration with PIs, research staff, research technicians, NRRI Coleraine Operations, and NRRI/UM support functions.  Lastly, this role will also provide PIs with publicly available information, such as producing high-level literature and technology reviews. 

Job Duties: 

  1. Work with team of PIs, researchers, and technicians to plan and execute Minerals research projects in alignment with NRRI Safety/Quality and NRRI Coleraine Operations protocols (60%):
    a. Translate high-level project plans into actionable tasks, including creating detailed project work plans from proposals.
    b. Prepare work requests for staff to execute research tasks.     
    c. Accurately analyze and validate research data and write summary reports for PI review/submission to project sponsor.
    d. Assist PIs to install/commission/troubleshoot research equipment and complete Safety/Quality documents.
    e. Assist PIs, Coleraine Operations, and Safety/Quality oversee research equipment calibrations and QA/QC protocols.
    f. Assist PIs in controlling project scope, schedule, budget, and quality in collaboration with research and research support functions.
    g. Understand and follow all Safety/Quality protocols and procedures and contribute to the NRRI Safety culture.
  2. Contribute to conceptualization and preparation of research proposals, manuscripts, and reports (20%).
  3. Conduct literature and technology reviews for PIs and research staff. (10%)
  4. Other duties and assignments that are not specifically described within this job description may be assigned to the role as normal conduct of business and that are appropriate for the role. (10%)


Required Qualifications:

  • Engineering or science degree, e.g., Chemical, Metallurgical, or Materials Engineering or related field plus 2 of related experience or combo education + experience to equal 6 years.
  • Highly organized, able to multitask, and detail oriented. 
  • Effective communicator, both written and orally.
  • Data handling and analysis experience.
  • Experience working within teams.
  • This person will work in an industrial environment and will need to lift 50 lbs., carry, and handle chemicals.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in mineral processing or metallurgy.
  • Project management experience.
  • Hands on research experience.
  • Experience with safe laboratory processes and procedures.
  • Experience with industrial safety and hygiene practices.

About the Department

About NRRI Coleraine Labs:
Situated near Minnesota’s minerals and forestry resource-based industries, NRRI’s Coleraine Lab is a world-renowned center for minerals and biomass conversion and their connections to land, forest, and water resources.  NRRI Coleraine possesses the facilities, equipment, and highly qualified staff to conduct applied research for private and public sector clients in Minnesota, North America and around the world.  The lab has a wide range of equipment for conducting studies at both laboratory (grams/pounds) and pilot scales (tons).  Laboratory and pilot scale capabilities include mineral characterization, mineral processing, metallurgy, and biomass conversion to energy and agronomic products.


Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning.  We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Tuition Benefit Program
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services 
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, visit the UMN Careers website and search for the Job ID number on this post. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume. Please submit a resume and cover letter in order to be considered for the position. Applications review will start July 8th. Estimated start date is in August of 2024.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-8647.


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