Mining and Geological Engineering, Mining/Geological - Mining Engineering
The Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) conducts a wide variety of research pertaining to characterization and optimization of mineral resources in Minnesota. This includes research related to:
1) developing effective and efficient methods for mineral exploration;
2) evaluating mineral potential across the state;
3) conducting studies related to mineralogical characterization associated with environmental evaluations and remediation;
4) developing environmentally responsible,efficient and cost-effective mineral processing flow sheets and processes;
5) evaluating creative and economically feasible methods and uses for mining by-products and co-products;
6) cooperative development of the definition and maintenance of the social license to operate;
7) analysis of the true costs and benefits of mineral extraction utilizing life cycle analysis;
8) training current and future geoscience professionals by means of workshops, short courses, and field courses; and
9) working in cross-institute teams to develop new knowledge and solutions associated with the
State’s natural resources.
The M3 Program is currently seeking a Researcher 5 position that will assist the Pyrometallurgy /
High Temperature Processing group with project management and oversight of a wide variety of
applied research in the areas of mineral processing, pelletizing, granulation, direct reduced iron, and
iron and steelmaking. The position is responsible to work across disciplines to provide the minerals
industry of North America with opportunities for product quality enhancement, cost reduction, and
mineral development. In addition, current trends in the Iron and Steelmaking industry necessitate
the need to develop higher value added iron products, and has become a forefront effort of many
of the mining operation in our region. To support this industry trend and emerging market, it is
required to provide technical assistance and expertise to support the project areas in these
expanding programs. The metallurgical engineer hire will add to our engineering technical team
and will work on various projects relating to mineral processing, hydrometallurgy, and
pyrometallurgy. The research work may involve technical support to operating taconite plants,
work on advanced iron making processes, optimization of taconite operation flowsheet,
development of process flowsheets for new ore deposits, recovery of waste iron oxide materials, and
efficient utilization of energy. The candidate is also responsible for development and design of
research processes; submitting and research proposals, implementation of applied research;
technical support, problem solving and training to operating taconite plants; work on metallurgical,
hydrometallurgical, or pyrometallurgical related processes; and development of process flowsheets.
Projects may require overnight travel and strenuous physical activity in challenging settings and
conditions. Other potential projects may be pending with similar job requirements and duties will
be assigned to those as the need arises. The project mix may be contingent on funding resources.
Masters degree in Chemical Engineering, Mineral Processing, or Metallurgical Engineering;
minimum two years experience in a minerals research lab setting or in an industrial or governmental laboratory.
PhD degree in the areas noted above and/or relevant experience in extractive metallurgy including mineral processing, pelletizing, granulation, direct reduced iron, and iron and steelmaking;
experience in high temperature gas-solid reactions;
experience in the reduction of iron oxides;
and a proven track record in grant writing.
Metallurgical experience in a taconite operation or commercial iron steelmaking operation and
About University of Minnesota Duluth, Natural Resources Research Institute
The Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is a
non-academic applied research organization whose charter is “to foster the development of
Minnesota’s natural resources in an environmentally sound manner to promote private sector
employment”. As a unique asset to the University of Minnesota system, NRRI engages in
collaborative, applied research ...to deliver excellence in science, engineering and economic analysis
to support responsible use of natural resources, economic development, and sound, long-term
resource management decisions.