NRRI Researcher 6: Minerals Processing and Metallurgy

Sep 22, 2021

Minerals Processing and Metallurgy Research Scientist

This senior level research position is responsible for the genesis, planning, oversight, and execution of one or more complex research programs, potentially spanning several years of investigation. The successful candidate must have significant industrial/business experience and expertise in Minerals Process Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Metallurgy and Extractive Metallurgy, a record of successful research program creation and leadership with attraction of funding, a record of peer-reviewed publications, reports and presentations, an ability to both lead and contribute to ongoing research programs and excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.

This position is open until filled.

Job Duties/Responsibilities:

The Researcher will collaborate with NRRI senior leadership to direct research activities, personnel and resources as required to achieve institute strategic objectives. This position leverages Institute policies and procedures and applies project management skills with their technical expertise to manage day-to-day research activities with minimal guidance.

  • Subject Matter Expert/Principal Researcher (60%)– as key contributor to the Institute research organization, this position is responsible for the creation and execution of original, integrated, multi-disciplinary research programs in Mineral Process Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Metallurgy and Extractive Metallurgy as applied to both ferrous and non-ferrous mineral resources and consistent with the strategic research objectives of the Institute. Application of mineral processing technologies to the recycling of metals and other challenges such as carbon sequestration is also of interest. The researcher will apply their experience and expertise in ensuring and mentoring scientific rigor in literature review, experimental design, data collection & analysis, report generation and overall responsibility for the achievement of research objectives (scope, time, budget). Strong project management, communication and collaboration skills will be critical in reaching these objectives. The incumbent is expected to participate in external professional activities such as reviewing proposals and manuscripts, serving on advisory committees, review panels, editorial boards, and the like, and remain current in their area of expertise and contribute as a technical expert to others across the Institute and University of Minnesota System.
  • Publications (10%)– the position is expected to generate peer-reviewed publications independently and collaboratively, internal reports, client reports, professional presentations, and outreach materials as appropriate to establish both personal and Institutional professional credibility. The researcher must exhibit strong oral and written communication skills, particularly as related to mineral process engineering, chemical engineering, metallurgy, and extractive metallurgy fields of study.
  • Research Funding (10%) – Research Funding – the position is expected to actively pursue and attract research funding, from both internal and external sources, via collaborative preparation of professional, competitive grant proposals leveraging expertise in minerals process engineering, chemical engineering, metallurgy, and extractive metallurgy. Expectations are that this position will coordinate and collaborate as needed across NRRI as well as the University of Minnesota System within defined policies and procedures to ensure that project budget, schedule and scope fulfill granting agency requirements. In addition, the position will engage with external business clients to understand their challenges and propose scientifically based solutions for consideration and potential funding.
  • Operational Assistance (20%) – as an extension of the principal researcher role, the position is expected to contribute their expertise to ensuring that the operational research and service contract activities regarding minerals processing and extractive metallurgy managed at the NRRI Coleraine site are conducted safely and appropriately with robust technical/quality control. The researcher will lead service contract projects when appropriate. The researcher will review established operational policies and procedures concerning mineral processing, sample collection and testing practices which may be carried out by other technical support staff at the Coleraine site. Periodic assessment of work area layout, current/future equipment and strategic infrastructure needs, process capabilities and technical expertise will be necessary for the position to maintain awareness of Institute capability to fulfil expectations of clients and the research community. As a leader, this researcher will promote and model a robust safety and respectful work environment.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in the field and at least 8 years’ experience using minerals process engineering, chemical engineering, metallurgy and/or extractive metallurgy advanced degree to conduct innovative research in the field.
  • Demonstrated application of education and experience to develop and optimize minerals processing and extractive metallurgy flowsheets for optimal mineral recovery while considering environmental and life cycle aspects such as water conservation and pollution prevention, waste minimization, zero air emissions and energy efficiency.
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in modern and emerging technologies for crushing, grinding, screening, separation (i.e. dense media, gravity, flotation, etc.) of ferrous and non-ferrous mineral feedstocks. Also proficient in performing process energy/mass/water balances.
  • Prior experience working in diverse teams, being able to collaborate respectfully with staff of various educational and cultural backgrounds and ability to appropriately navigate complex team dynamics.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD Degree in the field of minerals process engineering, chemical engineering, metallurgy and/or extractive metallurgy
  • Hydrometallurgy - substantial knowledge and experience with solvent extraction, electrowinning, autoclaves, acid recycle, ion exchange, electrometallurgy, etc.
  • Pyrometallurgy - substantial knowledge of principles and industrial applications in both ferrous and nonferrous applications; including smelting, converting, refining.
  • Surface and surfactant chemistries for manipulation of flotation and flocculation behavior.
  • Experience in application of mineral processing software such as Metsim, JKSimMet or JKSimFlot.
  • Experience working with and in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Evidence of other professional activities including participation in manuscript reviews/editorial duties, advisory committees, review panels, and other activities associated with the professional discipline.
  • Experience recruiting, mentoring, and managing a diverse workforce.

To Apply

Application must be submitted online. See the UMN job posting here

Reference: see the UMN employment listing  and search for: 343595


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