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Chemical Engineering Co-op

About Phoenix Tailings

Each year the mining industry discards over 200 billion tons of waste (tailings) and produces more than 7% of the world’s carbon emissions. Phoenix Tailings is on a mission to be the world’s first clean mining and metals production company. By eliminating this harmful waste from the environment, we can sustainably create valuable new materials.

We started with the humble beginnings of a few friends in a backyard, thinking of how they can fix this broken system of metals production. Now, Phoenix Tailings has become one of the top sustainability startups in the world. A Techstars Boston 2020 company with funding from the US Department of Energy and National Science Foundation, Phoenix has demonstrated early success in our clean mining mission. 

We still have a long way to go to achieve this mission. However, it’s our belief that together, the right people can overcome any obstacle and change the world.

Why Phoenix Tailings

At Phoenix, 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: Ask us about them!
  • You are only crazy if you are wrong
  • It’s ok to be wrong
  • Lead with Compassion
  • Be Resourceful
  • Listen
  • Hustle

What we do

At Phoenix, we build novel chemical processing techniques and technologies that are at the forefront of extracting critical materials that were previously trapped in tailings, solving the waste remediation process of the mining industry, and revolutionizing the mining industry with our zero waste mining solutions.

Learn More: Here

What you will do:

1. Research and development on bulk processing and niche product formulation and scale-up via:
  • Managing and scaling mechanical membrane filtration systems
  • Formulating and optimizing ion exchange columns
  • Formulating and developing high temperature chemistries
  • Utilizing multiple characterization techniques via SEM, XRD, XRF, viscometer, spectrometer, and an assortment of other analytical equipment
2. Aid in Process Development via:
  • Modeling (utilizing multiple softwares)
  • Scale Up Research and Development
  • Cost Analysis Grids
  • PFD / P&ID buildout
  • Equipment integration and control logic development
3. Aid Senior Engineering Team with the following:
  • Preparation of laboratory scale experiments and resulting analysis
  • Detailed documentation of process methods and results
  • Execute SOPs and protocols for laboratory and small scale reactors
4. Maintain a clean, safe and organized laboratory environment
5. Interpret and present results to team leadership

What you have:

  • Current student at an accredited university pursuing an undergraduate degree or a graduate degree in a technical field, Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Metallurgy, or Mechanical Engineering preferred
  • Has at least 1 previous co-op or internship experience (Research & Development, Formulation, and Process Engineering background preferred)
  • Coursework or research experience in a chemical laboratory
  • Knowledge of metallic materials and inorganic chemistry
  • Familiarity with ASPEN, METSIM, HSC, FactSage, or similar program a plus
  • Familiarity with equipment such as SEM, XRF, spectroscopy, and similar a plus
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, flexible start-up environment
  • Strong technical and communication skills
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to work independently on projects with minimal supervision
  • Excited about new learning opportunities and tackling challenges that come up

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. We offer an attractive compensation package with benefits including medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, and an unlimited vacation policy. This is an opportunity to work in an innovative, exciting, and fast-paced environment focused on revolutionizing how the world’s primary resources are created.

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).