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Faculty Position: Minerals Processing & Extractive Metallurgy  [October 4, 2018]

Location: Virginia Tech Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering, USA

The Department of Mining & Minerals Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) invites nominations and applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Minerals Processing and Extractive Metallurgy. The position is at the level of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, with rank to be determined by applicant qualifications. Successful applicants will be expected to sustain a high level of scholarly research and publication; teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students; and contribute quality service and outreach to the department, college, university and profession.

The successful applicant is expected to develop internationally recognized and externally funded research programs in primary and secondary materials processing within the general fields of mineral processing, extractive metallurgy, or materials recycling. Applicants should have demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following areas: ore characterization and mineralogy; comminution and liberation; physical and chemical separations; hydrometallurgy; surface and colloid chemistry; waste management and handling; or process modeling, simulation and control. The successful applicant may also be asked to contribute to university initiatives in computational modeling, data analytics, automation, sustainability and lifecycle analysis. The successful applicant is expected to collaborate with external organizations including other universities, research institutes, government agencies and private companies. Occasional travel to attend conferences/meetings is required. A Ph.D. in mining, metallurgical or a closely related engineering field is required by date of appointment, and a specialty in minerals processing or extractive metallurgy is preferred. All candidates are encouraged to have, or seek upon employment, professional engineering registration.

Virginia Tech’s Mining and Minerals Engineering Department is one of the largest mining engineering programs in North America. The Department currently enjoys a strong international reputation for its academic, research and outreach programs. The Department has an enrollment of 119 undergraduate and graduate students. Research expenditures in the Department exceed $5 million per year. External funding for ongoing research includes support from state, federal and industry sources. The Department is housed within a nationally ranked College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech, the land-grant University of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is located in Blacksburg, Virginia, adjacent to the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. The university has a total enrollment of 32,304, with 10,777 students enrolled within the College of Engineering.

Candidates who wish to be considered for these positions should apply online at www.jobs.vt.edu to posting number TR0180105. Please submit online a vita, transmittal letter, statement regarding research/teaching interests, and names/addresses of three references (including contact phone numbers and email addresses). A criminal conviction check is required. The review of applications will begin on January 1, 2019, with the intent to have the position filled by August 10, 2019. Questions regarding the search may be directed to Dr. Aaron Noble (Aaron.Noble@vt.edu) who serves as chair of the departmental search committee.

Virginia Tech is committed to the principle of diversity and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities and people with disabilities. Virginia Tech is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers.




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