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1.4. Materials Engineer

Phoenix Tailings

Phoenix Tailings

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 Materials 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 for developing, testing, and characterizing materials suitable for high-temperature metals production, including metal casting and post-processing, to ensure optimal performance.
  • Conduct materials testing under simulated production conditions to evaluate performance, longevity, and recyclability.
  • Optimize metal production processes through material selection, including considerations for recycling.
  • Analyze furnace requirements, electrolyte compatibility, and process conditions for materials selection and recycling.
  • Integrate advanced materials solutions into existing and new production systems
  • Utilize materials analytical techniques to understand material behaviors under production conditions.
  • Identify trends, challenges, and improvement opportunities and prepare detailed experimental and analytical reports.
  • Collaborate with various teams, including chemical engineers, metallurgists, process technicians, and the research team, to seamlessly integrate material solutions
  • Document materials development efforts, prepare technical reports, and communicate findings effectively.
  • Stay updated on the latest materials technology trends and advancements in critical metals production.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Materials Science, Chemistry or related field.
  • 2+ years experience in metallurgical engineering within metals production or related sector
  • Proficiency in materials characterization tools such as Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP), X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (SEM/EDS).
  • Strong analytical skills for data analysis, utilizing tools like statistical software and data visualization techniques.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration abilities.
  • 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!
  • Flexible culture: We are results-focused. We don’t work at the office every day.
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).