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Senior Grant Writer

Phoenix Tailings

Phoenix Tailings

Marketing & Communications, Software Engineering
Somerville, MA, USA
Posted on Monday, May 22, 2023
About Phoenix Tailings:
Phoenix Tailings is a rapidly growing clean mining and metals production startup dedicated to sustainable and economic critical metals production. Our mission is to be the world's first fully clean mining and metals production company, producing the resources needed for the next generation of our economy. We are seeking a Senior Grant Writer to join our team and play a crucial role in securing grant funding to support our innovative initiatives.
Why Phoenix Tailings:
At Phoenix, we believe that nothing great is ever accomplished alone or without the passion of people who push and motivate one another. If you are someone who shares our relentless pursuit of a better future, passion for innovation, and is excited about working with some of the top innovators in the world, then this is the place for you.
Our Values:
You are only crazy if you are wrong
It’s ok to be wrong
Lead with Compassion
Be Resourceful
Learn more: Here
Job Summary:
The Senior Grant Writer will be responsible for leading the development and execution of grant proposals and applications to secure funding for Phoenix Tailings' clean mining and metals production initiatives. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of successfully securing grants from various funding sources and will possess excellent writing and communication skills.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Research and identify relevant grant opportunities from government agencies, foundations, and other funding sources.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders, including the executive team, project managers, and subject matter experts, to gather information and develop compelling grant proposals.
  • Write and prepare grant applications, ensuring compliance with all requirements and guidelines set by funding organizations.
  • Manage the full grant lifecycle, including proposal development, submission, reporting, and compliance.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with funding organizations, stakeholders, and partners to facilitate ongoing funding opportunities.
  • Stay up to date with industry trends, funding opportunities, and best practices in grant writing and fundraising.
  • Monitor and track grant activities, deadlines, and deliverables to ensure timely submission of proposals and reports.
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to junior grant writing team members, as needed.


  • Advanced degree (PhD preferred) in a relevant scientific field, such as Material Science, Chemistry, Physics, or a related discipline.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in grant writing, preferably in a deep science startup environment or a research-intensive setting.
  • Proven track record of successfully securing grants for deep science research and development projects from government agencies, foundations, and other funding sources.
  • Strong understanding of the scientific methodologies and technologies utilized in deep science startups, particularly in areas such as material science, chemistry, or related disciplines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to effectively convey complex scientific concepts to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate scientific research and innovation into compelling grant proposals that meet the specific requirements and guidelines set by funding organizations.
  • Knowledge of the funding landscape and trends in deep science research and development funding, including an understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities in securing grants for deep science startups.
  • Familiarity with grant management software and databases commonly used in the scientific research and startup communities.
  • Passion for advancing scientific knowledge and contributing to the growth and success of a deep science startup.
  • Strong attention to detail, organizational skills, and the ability to manage multiple grant projects simultaneously within a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Note: While a PhD is preferred, individuals with master's degrees and significant experience in deep science research and grant writing may also be considered.

We offer a competitive compensation package that is based on expertise. We also offer the following benefits:

  • Healthcare: 100% Medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your family.
  • Stock: Ownership in a fast-growing venture-backed company.
  • Family Focus: Parental leave and flexibility for families.
  • Time Off: Flexible vacation policy to encourage work-life balance.
  • Team Fun: Regularly scheduled events, annual retreats, and celebrations.
  • Learning: Learning and development opportunities to grow your skills and career.
  • Great team: Working with fun, hard-working, kind people committed to making a difference!
  • Flexible culture: Results-focused work environment with the option for remote work.
At Phoenix Tailings, we have an open culture that values learning, and we are looking to grow the team with enthusiastic individuals who share our vision of sustainable mining.
Phoenix Tailings, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we value diversity at all levels. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information, or any other applicable protected characteristics, and these characteristics will not be a factor for consideration of any work-related decisions (including but not limited to hiring, firing, compensation, and discipline).