Staff Scientist - Hydrometallurgist

Number of employees

50

Boulder, Colorado, United States, United States

Posted on: 2023-03-17

Category: materials

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Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:

Intermediate

Salary

$120,000.00 - $160,000.00

About the company:

Electra is decarbonizing iron and steelmaking to eliminate 3.7 gigatons or 10% of global carbon dioxide emissions. Leveraging proven industrial-scale electrochemical and hydrometallurgical processes, and backed by leading sustainability-focused venture capitalists, our team is developing lower cost, scalable solutions utilizing renewable energy to forge a cleaner, greener future for the trillion-dollar steel industry.

With a uniquely collaborative culture, endless passion for developing disruptive technologies, and the opportunity to revolutionize carbon-intensive manufacturing industries, careers at Electra offer challenge, reward, and the chance to bring to market solutions that dramatically improve the health of the planet.

Who we are:  
Electra is electrifying ironmaking to decarbonize steelmaking and eliminate 3.7 gigatons or 10% of global CO2 emissions. Leveraging proven industrial-scale electrochemical and hydrometallurgical processes, and backed by leading sustainability-focused venture capitalists, our team is developing lower cost, scalable solutions utilizing intermittent renewable energy to forge a cleaner, greener future for the trillion-dollar steel industry.    
With a uniquely collaborative culture, endless passion for developing disruptive technologies, and the opportunity to revolutionize carbon-intensive manufacturing industries, careers at Electra offer challenge, reward, and the chance to bring to market solutions that dramatically improve the health of the planet.  
What you will do:  
As a Staff Scientist on the Hydrometallurgy team, you will focus on developing new approaches and refining process steps for converting iron-containing ores into solutions suitable for electroplating. The majority of your time will be spent designing experiments, reviewing data, and mentoring junior team members. In this role you will:  
  • Design, setup, and perform experimental work to test, optimize, and define process steps 
  • Create experimental plans for the Hydrometallurgy team 
  • Co-own team success by mentoring, training, and reviewing the work of junior team members 
  • Manage projects within the team, and cross-functionally as needed 
  • Analyze and review data to reach conclusions and provide answers to key questions 
  • Guide procurement of equipment and instrumentation to expand laboratory capabilities 
  • Summarize and present experimental results clearly and concisely within the team and cross-functionally 
  • Act as a subject matter expert for hydrometallurgical unit operations 
 What we need you to bring to the team: 
  • A Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, mining or metallurgical engineering, metallurgy, or related field + 8 years of experience; or a Master’s degree + 6 years of experience; or a PhD + 3 years of experience 
  • 5 years of experience developing mining or metallurgical processes 
  • Familiarity with scientific literature and commercial operations 
  • Ability to analyze experimental data, reach conclusions, and communicate results  
  • Ability to independently plan and execute research projects 
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively as needed 
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing processes and responsibilities 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills 
 What we want you to bring to the team:  
  • Direct experience with hydrometallurgical operations at both lab and commercial scale, with specific experience in leaching, precipitation, IX/SX and solid-liquid separation 
  • Experience mentoring or training junior scientists 
  • Experience or the desire to be in a dynamic startup environment 
  • A critical thinking mindset and focus on finding answers 
  • A safety-first mindset; share potential risks with others before they result in hazardous outcomes 
  • A desire to challenge yourself and take on increasing responsibilities as the company grows 
What’s in it for you:  
  • Career growth 
  • Opportunity to develop new decarbonization processes  
  • Opportunity to support a wide variety of projects 
  • Recognition and appreciation 
  • The ability to share your perspectives and opinions in a hyper-collaborative environment 
Compensation:  
  • The anticipated starting pay range for this position is $120,000 - $160,000 annually and may be more or less depending upon skills, experience, and education.   
Benefits For You: 
  • 100% paid premiums across all medical, dental, vision, telemedicine, short-term disability, long-term disability, and basic life insurance plans 
  • Unlimited PTO 
  • $1,800 in annual employer HSA contributions (health savings account) 
Benefits For Your Family: 
  • 100% paid premiums across all medical, dental, vision, and telemedicine plans 
  • $3,600 in annual employer HSA contributions (health savings account) 
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave and flexible return-to-work options 
Benefits For Your Future: 
  • 401k with up to 5% matching contributions which vest 100% on day one 
  • Eligibility for incentive stock options 

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