1.3. Sr. Systems Engineer

Burlington, MA
Phoenix Tailings – 1. Engineering /
Full Time /
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 Tailings, 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

Who we are looking for:   

We are looking for a visionary Systems Engineer to spearhead the integration of groundbreaking software and AI solutions into our rare earth metal refining processes. In this role, you'll drive operational excellence and sustainability, leveraging cutting-edge technology to optimize operations and shape the future of rare earth metals. 

Key Responsibilities:

    • Lead the seamless integration of software and AI solutions into refinery operations, driving efficiency and sustainability. 
    • Integrate controls systems ensuring the reliability and security of the refinery processes. 
    • Implement rigorous testing protocols to ensure the reliability and performance of integrated solutions. 
    • Identify and mitigate risks associated with software integration, safeguarding against cybersecurity threats and regulatory concerns. 
    • Utilize machine learning techniques and data analysis to improve refining processes and enhance operational efficiency. 
    • Manage system configurations to optimize refinery performance over time, overseeing the entire lifecycle of software and AI systems, from development to retirement. 
    • Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams to deploy innovative solutions that address the unique challenges of rare earth metal refining. 
    • Develop and implement data visualization solutions for operations, engineering, and R&D teams to enhance decision-making processes and drive continuous improvement initiatives. 


    • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering, or related field; advanced degree preferred. 
    • Proven track record of 8-10 years in systems engineering roles, specializing in rare earth metal extraction and purification. 
    • Expertise in programming languages (e.g., Python, Java) and AI/ML frameworks  
    • Hands-on experience with industrial control systems, PLC programming, and data acquisition systems, including MES and ERP systems. 
    • Familiarity with Ignition SCADA system. 
    • Demonstrated capability in designing and implementing complex software systems, emphasizing system architecture design and integration. 
    • Strong analytical acumen and adeptness in risk assessment and mitigation strategies. 
    • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, with a proven ability to convey technical concepts to diverse stakeholders. 
    • Thrives in fast-paced environments, demonstrating adaptability and efficiency in meeting project deadlines and objectives. 

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, annual retreats, 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).