Principal Engineer: Technology & Energy Metals

  • Full Time
  • Gauteng, Johannesburg


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Mining, minerals & energy
Randburg, Gauteng
Where to submit application
Minimum experience Mid-Senior Company primary industry Research Job functional area Engineering. The above-mentioned vacancy is also available on the Mintek website at Should you not hear from us within one (1) month of the closing date, consider your application to be unsuccessful. Mintek is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, whose aim is to promote representivity in all levels of occupational categories.

Job Description
Pyrometallurgy Discipline OBJECTIVE: The Pyrometallurgy Discipline seeks to appoint a Principal Engineer to conduct multidisciplinary research in the extraction and refining of technology and energy metals from primary and/or secondary sources. Working with senior researchers and other ecosystem partners, the appointee will be responsible for developing cutting edge fundamental and applied research in high temperature process metallurgy, metal extraction and recycling. Contributing to human capital development through coaching and mentoring of graduate trainees and interns is a non-negotiable component of the position. KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS: Develop nascent experimental techniques, models, processes and technologies to recover technology and energy metals from the processing of primary ores and/or secondary sources. Undertake high temperature fundamental and applied research to enhance the understanding of complex metallurgical systems applicable to the smelting and refining of key technology and energy metals. Conceptualise, lead and execute technical RDI projects to develop novel processes, products and technologies related to the objectives of the Discipline, including desktop studies and laboratory and pilot scale tests, both for research and commercial clients. Provide expert leadership in the design and analysis of novel pyrometallurgical processes, including leading and managing cross-functional teams to deliver on complex research and commercial projects. Plan and write proposals for internal, local and international funding, including contract research proposals to secure external commercial revenue to ensure financial sustainability of the Division. Contribute to human capital by coaching and mentoring interns, junior staff and postgraduate students, including providing postgraduate supervision support where necessary. Communicate strategic and technical information in a professional manner, including communicating own research by publishing in accredited journals and presenting at peer-received conferences. Provide a safe working environment through strict compliance to the health and safety procedures of the Discipline as well as those of Mintek. JOB KNOWLEDGE AND REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 6-7 years’ experience in pyrometallurgy research and/or technology development. Ability to manage high-temperature equipment, both at laboratory and technology demonstration levels. Strong knowledge of, and expertise in, chemical thermodynamics and high temperature phase equilibria is highly advantageous. Combined experience in theoretical, experimental and thermodynamic modelling of complex multi-phase slags systems applicable to the primary and secondary processing of rare earth metals, lithium, titanium or vanadium is a distinct advantage. Experience in using modelling and simulation tools such as PyroSim™ and FactSage™, among others, is an added advantage. Proven experience with coding in OpenFOAMĀ®, C++ and Python is an added advantage. Ability to conceptualise, design, execute, analyze and troubleshoot experiments independently. Demonstrated ability to develop experimental techniques, models and prototypes. Demonstrable experienced in managing complex technical projects, particularly from concept to higher technology readiness levels. A strong understanding of extractive metallurgy and pyrometallurgy fundamentals is non-negotiable. Strong portfolio of publications in peer-reviewed journals is an added advantage. A good understanding of the global metals, minerals and energy industry is non-negotiable. Knowledge or experience with SHEQ systems is non-negotiable. Knowledge of technology transfer, commercialisation and product development is highly advantageous. Demonstrated ability to attract investment or R&D funding is highly advantageous. QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum a PhD in Chemical/ Metallurgical/ Process Engineering or equivalent, with a strong focus in pyrometallurgy research and/or technology development. Professio

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