Post Doctoral Research Associate, FIPR

Job description

Job location: Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-10-11
Req: R1025
Located along Florida’s I-4 High Tech Corridor, Florida Poly opened its doors in August 2014 as the state’s 12th university and the only one dedicated to core subjects in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM education). The non-traditional academic environment focuses on applied learning, specifically in technology and engineering. Small class sizes give faculty the opportunity to work closely with high-caliber students, and the most advanced technology, including a Supercomputer, 3D printing lab, media lab and nanotechnology lab, sets Florida Poly apart from other state universities. Florida Poly’s innovative approach to higher education allows students to learn strong fundamentals within a traditional university department structure, while giving them opportunities to apply their learning through research and projects in emerging high-tech concentrations like Cyber Security, Big Data Analytics, Machine Intelligence and more. The University partners closely with industry leading firms, and faculty members are rewarded for more than just publishing. Industry involvement, problem solving, and the commercialization of technology and research through start-ups and small businesses are encouraged. 


Job Title   

Post Doctoral Research Associate, FIPR   

Job Description Summary   

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 rare earths from phosphate, involving mineral processing and metallurgical engineering techniques.   

Job Description   


· 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.


· Ph.D in the fields of minerals processing, extractive metallurgy, or chemical engineering.


  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • This position requires a criminal background check, which may include a Level II screening as required by Florida Statute §435.04.
  • This position is subject to federal and state privacy regulations.

NORMAL WORK SCHEDULE: This position is Full-Time, OPS (Temporary). The normal work schedule is Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., however, occasional overtime (weekends and evenings) may be required.

TARGET HIRING SALARY: $47,476 - $52,000, commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE: The position is open until filled.

APPLICATION PROCESS: In addition to completing the online application, all Applicants are required to upload the following as an attachment to the application (preferably in PDF format):

• Cover Letter

• Resume

• List of at least three (3) professional references (names and contact information)


The Florida Industrial & Phosphate Research Institute (FIPR Institute) is a legislatively created state research unit within Florida Polytechnic University. Since its inception (as the Florida Institute of Phosphate Research) in 1978, the FIPR Institute has grown and developed into a world-class research entity specializing in phosphate-related issues and industrial applied science and engineering. The FIPR Institute is focused on phosphate-related research, but since 2010 has also broadened its research program into non-phosphate topics such as energy and the mining and processing of minerals other than phosphate.

Special Instructions Regarding Attachments:


Required attachments are listed on each posting.   Please be sure to attach all required documents in the Resume/CV field before continuing through the application. Once your application has been submitted, no changes may be made and additional attachments will not be considered. 


An unofficial copy of the degree/transcript is acceptable during the application process. For positions requiring a degree, the official transcripts are required upon hire. 


Foreign Transcript: Transcripts issued outside of the United States require a equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the application deadline.


All document(s) must be received on or before the closing date of the job announcements.


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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Posted: 10/12/2019
Application Due: 12/11/2019
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