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Post Doctoral Fellow


The Water Research Institute at West Virginia University is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Fellow (WVU Research Corporation employee). The Postdoctoral Fellow is critical to the successful operation of the acid leaching solvent extraction (ALSX) system to recover rare earth elements from acid mine drainage waste byproducts, and will be responsible for the design and implementation of daily operation of the ALSX system, as well as accomplishing established program objectives. Some travel may be required to assist with set-up and operation of off-site pilot plants. 

This position will require knowledge of solvent extraction and other hydrometallurgical processes. The incumbent is expected to provide direction with respect to flowsheet development and assist with operation of the ALSX facility. The incumbent will also be responsible for data analysis and generation of quarterly reporting for the funding agency.

Work will be performed in the High Bay Research Facility of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy building at West Virginia University, and in a standard laboratory environment including using computers and laboratory equipment with electrical connections. The selected candidate will be expected to be knowledgeable of safety regulations and requirements, up-to-date on safety training and certifications, and compliant with procedures and protocols. 


  • PhD in Engineering (e.g. Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering).
  • Experience with solvent extraction and/or hydrometallurgy.
  • System planning and design experience.
  • Knowledge of mining, metallurgical research techniques.
  • Knowledge of laboratory environment and appropriate procedures.
  • Knowledge of rare earth element processing.
  • Machining skills.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to interpret analytical data.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently with little to no direction.
  • Ability to write and present scientific data.
  • Skilled at identifying complex problems, assessing situations, and developing solutions.
  • Laboratory experience in mining, metallurgical research techniques.
  • Experience with rare earth element processing.
  • Safety management experience.

  • CV or resume
  • Cover letter of statement of research interest
  • Three professional references
  • Valid driver's license

To apply, please visit: WVU Research Corp