Senior Research Engineer/Scientist – Materials Processing

  • Lower Hutt
  • Permanent
  • Tue Oct 13 01:09:11 2020
  • 93

  • Do you want to work for an internationally renowned institute?
  • Are you an out of the box thinker who wants to transform industry approaches?
  • Do hold a PhD and have experience in Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Metallurgy or similar fields?

The Robinson Research Institute has international reputation materials and engineering research. We offer a unique opportunity for exceptional staff to assist some of NZ’s top research scientists and engineers working on a range of cutting-edge research projects that involve the development of new concepts in materials and manufacturing - from discovery science through to commercial implementation.

We are seeking a Senior Research Engineer / Materials Scientist with the ambition to develop their research career within an academic R&D environment and the ability to conceptualise and originate new ideas that are outside industry norms.

Initially, you will work primarily on our government-funded experimental R&D programme investigating new hydrogen iron-making processes, with a focus on the development of a series of experimental high-temperature reactors. Over time, you will be expected to contribute to the development of new R&D initiatives in the areas of zero-CO2 metallurgy and sustainable industrial materials.

Key responsibilities

  • Work closely with the programme’s Science Leader to deliver the objectives of the zero-CO2 metals programme
  • Take responsibility to lead a small team designing and testing new experimental Hi-T reactors for the hydrogen reduction of NZ ironsand.
  • Write and edit academic papers, as well as invention disclosures (for new IP).
  • Engage with external partners with interests in commercialising this technology.

The preferred candidate will have some or all of:

  • Strong background in Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Metallurgy or a similar field, and will hold a PhD in a related topic.
  • Experience in experimental pyrometallurgy or high-temperature gas-solid reactions
  • Experience in the mechanical design and assembly of research reactors and furnaces
  • Experience in the commissioning and use of furnace heated reactors employing hazardous gases.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise and mentor junior researchers and engineers
  • Strong written communication skills, and an academic publication record appropriate to career opportunities and stage.
  • Strong team player able to work closely with collaborators from multiple partner organisations
  • A flexible thinker with the drive and imagination to develop an entirely new process which could radically change established industry approaches.
  • A clear understanding of experimental best practise and the H&S requirements pertaining to the use of hydrogen at high temperature.

Role Description

Close Date for Vacancy: 15 November 2020

Contact Details for Vacancy: Jeannie Redman, Jeannie.redman@vuw.ac.nz But applicants should follow all steps listed below.

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