Postdoctoral Research Associate

Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute
Bartow, Florida
$47,476-$52,000 Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Mar 16, 2017
Jobs Outside Higher Education
Research & Development
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute is looking for exceptional candidates to serve as a Postdoctoral Research Associate.

This institute is located in Bartow, FL and was placed within Florida Polytechnic University as part of legislation that was signed on April 20, 2012 to create the 12th member of the State University System of Florida. The FIPR Institute has been conducting applied research, which is closely aligned to the polytechnic model, since 1978.

The Institute’s role is to conduct scientific investigations that will give lawmakers, regulators, members of the industry, environmentalist and the general public the information and technologies they need to make decisions and take action relating to issues of industrial practice, influence or origin. While the Institute’s primary efforts are applied to the phosphate industry, the overall mission was expanded in the recent legislation to include other industries and to encourage commercialization of our research products and intellectual property.


This is a Postdoc position at the Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research (FIPR) Institute.

This position is responsible for conducting research under the guidance of Dr. Patrick Zhang, FIPR’s research director in charge of beneficiation and mining. Research will focus on a DOE funded project on recovery of uranium and rare earths from phosphate, involving mineral processing and metallurgical engineering techniques.


  • Conducting research on recovery of uranium and rare earths from phosphate, involving mineral processing and metallurgical engineering techniques
  • Conducting chemical and mineralogical analysis of solid and liquid samples
  • Conducting research on phosphate beneficiation
  • Preparing research reports and technical papers for publishing
  • Operating analytical instruments.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of chemistry and surface chemistry.
  • Knowledge of principles of minerals processing and thermodynamics.
  • Knowledge of unit operations in chemical and metallurgical engineering, mineralogy, extractive metallurgy and solid liquid separation.
  • Research experience in beneficiation methods such as flotation, measurement of particle surface properties, gravity separation, leaching and pyro-metallurgical techniques, mineralogical analysis tools.
  • Computer skills;
  • Experience with wet chemistry and analysis methods, pre-feasibility analysis.
  • Ability to design and carry out experiments with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to prepare quality technical reports and papers in English.
  • Ability to develop processing flowsheets for recovering mineral resources and metals from both solids and liquid.
  • Ability to apply interdisciplinary approaches to miner processing and extraction metallurgy.
  • Ability to prepare and deliver technical presentations.


  • A Ph.D in the fields of minerals processing and extractive metallurgy.


  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • This position requires a criminal background check.
  • This position is subject to federal and state privacy regulations.

 EXPECTED STARTING SALARY: $47,476-$52,000 - commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE:  The position is open until filled.

This position requires a background check, which may include a level II screening as required by the Florida Statute §435.04. 

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