Chemical Engineering Co-op

Woburn, MA /
Phoenix Tailings – 5. Internships and Co-op's /
Full Time
/ On-site
About Phoenix Tailings 
Phoenix Tailings is the world’s first clean mining and metals production company. Each year, the mining industry discards over 200 billion tons of waste (tailings) and produces more than 7% of the world’s carbon emissions. Using our proprietary novel technology, Phoenix Tailings eliminates this harmful waste from the environment and sustainably creates valuable new materials used in next-generation technologies. 
The foundation of Phoenix Tailings emerged from a group of friends’ backyard conversations about fixing the broken system of metals production. Today, Phoenix Tailings is one of the top sustainability startups in the world, pioneering zero-waste mining . With funding from the US Department of Energy and National Science Foundation, Phoenix has made significant progress on our clean mining mission. 
Why Phoenix Tailings 
At Phoenix, we believe that together, the right people can overcome any obstacle and change the world – and we’re looking for those people to join us! This is an opportunity to work in an innovative, fun, and cutting-edge environment focused on revolutionizing how the world’s primary resources are created. If you share our relentless pursuit of a better future, a passion for innovation, and are excited about working with some of the top innovators in the world, Phoenix 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 
What we do 
At Phoenix, we build novel extraction and refining processing techniques and technologies for critical materials that power clean technologies with zero waste and no carbon emissions. 

Learn More: Here

Who are we looking for:

Phoenix is a fast-paced startup, and we are looking for enthusiastic-technical minded people with a hands-on attitude to join us in our engineering effort. In this position, you’ll be working cross-functionally with the entire engineering team that’s composed of material, metal, chemical, and R&D engineers, and scientists. You will be involved in several different projects that span across the entirety of Phoenix’s technology stack. The position requires an ‘action orientation,’ with high energy and enthusiasm, and initiative to constantly improve operational processes, including replacing them altogether with the latest available innovation and technology through collaboration and research.

What you will do:

    • Research and development on bulk processing and niche product formulation and scale-up via:
    • Managing and scaling systems from lab scale to pilot
    • Developing experimental grids to validate assumption and pathways for scaling
    • Utilizing multiple characterization techniques via SEM, XRD, XRF, viscometer, spectrometer, and an assortment of other analytical equipment
    • Aid in Process Development via:
    • Modeling (utilizing multiple software systems such as METSIM and SysCAD)
    • Scale Up Research and Development
    • Techno-Economic studies and grid
    • PFD / P&ID buildout
    • Equipment integration and control logic development
    • Sizing and acquiring required equipment
    • Aid Senior Engineering Team with the following:
    • Preparation of laboratory scale experiments and resulting analysis for model validation
    • Detailed documentation of process methods and results
    • Execute SOPs and protocols for laboratory and small-scale reactors
    • Maintain a clean, safe, and organized laboratory environment
      Interpret and present results to team leadership

What you have:

    • Current student at an accredited university pursuing an undergraduate degree or a graduate degree in a technical field, Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Metallurgy, or Mechanical Engineering preferred
    • Has at least 1 previous co-op or internship experience (Research & Development, Formulation, and Process Engineering background preferred)
    • Coursework or research experience in a chemical laboratory
    • Knowledge of metallic materials and inorganic chemistry
    • Familiarity with ASPEN, METSIM, HSC, FactSage, or similar program a plus
    • Familiarity with equipment such as SEM, XRF, spectroscopy, and similar a plus
    • Strong technical and communication skills
    • Ability to work independently on projects with minimal supervision
    • Excellent organization and communication skills and a team player and collaborator
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced, flexible start-up environment
    • Strong technical and communication skills
    • Ability to work independently on projects with minimal supervision
    • Curious and excited about learning new technologies and working as a part of a dynamic team 
This position is for a FULL 6-month co-op cycle (July 2023 - December 2023), not a summer internship.

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. We offer an attractive compensation package with benefits including medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, and an unlimited vacation policy. 
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).