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Job Description Summary
Professor Lei Pan's research group at Michigan Technological University is seeking a motivated postdoctoral research associate to advance both science and engineering in the field of mineral processing and metallurgy of primary ores and recycling of Li-ion batteries. This position is supported by the Department of Energy.
Michigan Tech attracts world-class faculty and staff who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply ().
Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)
Perform various laboratory-scale experiments including froth flotation, gravity separation, crushing, milling, leaching, precipitation, solvent extraction, ion exchange, and crystallization; preparing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals; supervising and collaborating with graduate and undergraduate students.
Employees are expected to commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work and apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.
Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, or a closely related field. The degree must have been earned within 72 months prior to the beginning of the appointment.
Required Experience (minimum requirements)
Three (3) years of research experience in at least three (3) of the following research areas; froth flotation, gravity separation, crushing, milling, leaching, precipitation, solvent extraction, ion exchange, and crystallization.
Experience in publishing research findings in peer-reviewed journals.
Desirable Education and/or Experience
Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities
Knowledge in beneficiation and chemical separation of battery metal ores and spent Li-ion batteries.
Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands
The work environment is that of a typical lab or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.
Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment
Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.
Required University Training:
Employee Safety Overview
Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training
Annual Data Security Training
Annual Title IX Training
Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.
Other Conditions of Employment:
The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.
Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)
Title of Position Supervisor
Internal & External
Dependent on Funding
Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)
For consideration, the applicant should submit a letter of interest, a Resume/CV, statement of research interests, and contact details for three referees. Please contact Lei Pan at email@example.com with any questions. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Michigan Technological University, one of the four major research universities in the State of Michigan, is located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula adjacent to Lake Superior. The community offers a small-town environment with outstanding four-season recreational opportunities. Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI on the south shore of Lake Superior.
Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has thrice received National Science Foundation support to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM. (see
Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.