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1.5. Chemical Engineer

Phoenix Tailings

Phoenix Tailings

Other Engineering
Burlington, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2024
About Phoenix Tailings
Phoenix Tailings is a rapidly-growing clean mining and metals production startup dedicated to sustainable and economic critical metals production. Our mission is to be the world's first fully clean mining and metals production company, producing the resources needed for the next generation of our economy.
Why Phoenix Tailings
At Phoenix Tailings, we believe that nothing great is ever accomplished alone or without the passion of people who push and motivate one another. If you are someone who shares our relentless pursuit of a better future, passion for innovation, and are excited about working with some of the top innovators in the world, then this is the place for you.
Our Values:
You are only crazy if you are wrong, it’s ok to be wrong
Lead with Compassion
Be Resourceful
Who we are looking for:
We are looking for a highly motivated and results-oriented Chemical Engineer to join our dynamic team dedicated to recovering rare earth elements in a rare earth metal refinery. You will leverage your extensive experience and contribute significantly to this cutting-edge process, ensuring efficient and responsible extraction of these critical resources for clean energy technologies, electric vehicles, and advanced electronics.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead initiatives to optimize process parameters and minimize environmental impact.
  • Collaborate with production teams to integrate advanced materials solutions into production systems and liaise with research teams to explore innovative approaches.
  • Conduct materials testing under simulated production conditions to assess performance and longevity.
  • Develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) to maintain consistency and safety in production processes.
  • Assist in running experiments and developing detailed mass and energy balance models, maintaining process flow diagrams, and techno-economic models.
  • Contribute to the development and review of laboratory test plans for rare earth extraction and refining.
  • Operate pilot equipment and support the design of commercial processes and equipment with a focus on safety.
  • Support senior engineers in sourcing equipment and establishing project timelines.
  • Ensure safe operations by designing processes and equipment with safety considerations in mind.
  • Prepare comprehensive technical reports and documentation to communicate findings and progress effectively.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Materials Engineering or a related field.
  • 2+ years of experience in materials engineering within metals production or a related sector, particularly in high-temperature production environments.
  • Strong analytical skills, with the ability to analyze data, identify trends, and propose materials solutions that enhance production efficiency and sustainability.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams.
  • Thrives in fast-paced environments, demonstrating adaptability and efficiency in meeting project deadlines and objectives.

We offer a competitive compensation package that is based on expertise. We also offer the following benefits:

  • Healthcare, we care about you and your family: 100% Medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Stock: Ownership in a fast-growing venture-backed company.
  • Family Focus: Parental leave and flexibility for families.
  • Time Off: Flexible vacation policy to encourage people to get out and see the world.
  • Team Fun: Regularly scheduled events, and celebrations.
  • Learning: Learning & Development Opportunities to grow your skills and career.
  • Great team: Working with fun, hard-working, kind people committed to making a difference!
At Phoenix Tailings, we have an open culture that values learning, and we are looking to grow the team with enthusiastic individuals who share our vision of sustainable mining.
Phoenix Tailings, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we value diversity at all levels. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information, or any other applicable protected characteristics, and these characteristics will not be a factor for consideration of any work-related decisions (including but not limited to hiring, firing, compensation, and discipline).