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1.1. Director of Rare Earth Separation Engineering

Phoenix Tailings

Phoenix Tailings

Burlington, MA, USA
Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2024
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.
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 are 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
● Listen
● Hustle
Lead the charge in revolutionizing rare earth extraction with your unmatched expertise and vision!
We are seeking a visionary and accomplished Director of Rare Earth Separation Engineering to advance our entire rare earth extraction program. You will participate in the shaping the future of our technology, driving innovation, and ensuring we remain at the forefront of sustainable and efficient rare earth element recovery. This is a pivotal leadership role for someone with exceptional technical mastery, strategic acumen, and a passion for shaping the future of clean energy and advanced technology.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development and implementation of our long-term strategy for rare earth separation technology, aligning it with corporate sustainability goals and market trends.
  • Manage and direct a team of engineers, technicians, and support staff, fostering a collaborative and innovative work environment.
  • Oversee the entire rare earth separation process, ensuring efficient and safe operation, high product quality, and cost-effectiveness.
  • Identify and champion the development and implementation of new and advanced solvent extraction technologies and process improvements.
  • Partner with cross-functional teams across R&D, operations, and business development to ensure seamless integration and success.
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest advancements in REE separation and processing, attending conferences and collaborating with industry experts.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, including suppliers, customers, government agencies, and academic institutions.
  • Represent the company at industry events and conferences, sharing expertise and building thought leadership.
  • Manage budgets and resources effectively, ensuring efficient allocation and alignment with strategic goals.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of company-wide sustainability initiatives.


  • Master's degree (or higher) in Chemical Engineering, Extractive Metallurgy, or a related field.
  • Minimum 10-15 years of experience in rare earth separation technologies, with at least 5-7 years in leadership roles.
  • Experience in scaling up industrial processes, demonstrating the ability to translate lab-scale successes to commercially viable operations.
  • Proven track record of successfully managing and scaling up industrial separation processes, particularly solvent extraction.
  • Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Proficient in process simulation software and data analysis tools.
  • Deep understanding of safety standards and environmental regulations related to chemical processing.
  • Passion for innovation and a commitment to sustainable practices.
  • Strong understanding of the global REE market and its trends.

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

  • Healthcare, we care about you and your family: 100% Medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Stock: Ownership in a fast-growing venture-backed company.
  • Family Focus: Parental leave and flexibility for families.
  • Time Off: Flexible vacation policy to encourage people to get out and see the world.
  • Team Fun: Regularly scheduled events, and celebrations.
  • Learning: Learning & Development Opportunities to grow your skills and career.
  • Great team: Working with fun, hard-working, kind people committed to making a difference!
  • Flexible culture: We are results focused. We don’t work at the office every day.
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).