Research Assistant / Associate in Fine Particle Flotation
Imperial College London Department of Earth Science and Engineering
United Kingdom

Job summary

The Advanced Mineral Processing Research Group is seeking up a Postdoctoral Research Assistant/Associate to carry out experimental research on the flotation of fine particles and in particular on the role of the froth zone on fine particle recovery and entrainment. The successful candidate will conduct research with Dr Pablo Brito-Parada and Prof. Stephen Neethling in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering. The position is funded by...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01299
  • Date posted 5 June 2020
  • Closing date 12 July 2020

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £35,477 – £47,579 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Earth Science & Engineering
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

The Advanced Mineral Processing Research Group is seeking up a Postdoctoral Research Assistant/Associate to carry out experimental research on the flotation of fine particles and in particular on the role of the froth zone on fine particle recovery and entrainment.

The successful candidate will conduct research with Dr Pablo Brito-Parada and Prof. Stephen Neethling in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering. The position is funded by the European Commission’s H2020 project FineFuture and will be conducted in close collaboration with academic and industrial project partners.

The researcher will develop innovative retrofit designs to enhance the performance of fine particle flotation. Selected designs will be tested at laboratory scale using Positron Emission Particle Tracking to gain a fundamental understanding of the processes affecting froth stability and fine particle entrainment. As part of their research activities, the post holder will carry out visits to external laboratories and industrial sites as required.

The researcher will join a dynamic research team with expertise in both experimental and computational fluid dynamics applied to mineral processing, and will be involved in the development and application of novel techniques for mineral separation processes.

Duties and responsibilities

You will design, test and optimise retrofit designs for froth flotation cells and will study the effect of design modifications on fine particle recovery and entrainment. As part of your research activities, you will identify and develop suitable techniques to study key aspects of froth flotation. You will ensure that the work follows a robust experimental design and will be responsible for the statistical analysis of the experimental data. A full list of duties and responsibilities can be found in the Job Description.

Essential requirements

You must hold a PhD or be near completion (or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience) in Mineral Processing or a closely related discipline,

In addition, you must meet the following criteria:

• Experience carrying out both laboratory scale and industrial scale flotation optimisation test work

• Experience carrying out Positron Emission Particle Tracking flotation test work

• Experience assessing flotation equipment design

• Practical experience within a research environment and evidence of publication in relevant and refereed journals

• Experience of dealing with specific groups of people, e.g. sponsors, collaborators

• Knowledge of statistical analysis and experimental design

• Knowledge of mineral processing unit operations, in particular, flotation

• Ability to conduct a detailed and critical review of recent literature

• Ability to develop and apply new concepts

Further information

This is a full-time position, for up to 24 months funded by the European Commission through the Horizon2020 project FineFuture. You will collaborate with a multidisciplinary team, members of the FineFuture consortium, with the opportunity to visit some of the partners’ research centres as well as mineral concentrators.
Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum

To apply, visit www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs and search by the job reference ENG01299.

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Dr Pablo Brito-Parada – p.brito-parada@imperial.ac.uk

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA),which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.  http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research/

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.


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