AECOM R&D Engineer 3 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

United States of America - Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh

Job Summary

AECOM is seeking a Research and Development Engineer 3 for our Pittsburgh, PA location.

1)An experienced scientist is sought for supporting Rare Earth Element research and development across multiple disciplines. (Characterization, Separation & Material Selection)


Project work is anticipated to be focused on providing a prominent level of technical oversight for tasks 2, 3 and 5 of the AECOM REE activity. (2 - Characterization, 3 - Separation and 5 - Field Site Materials Characterization and Inventory). Listed below are several examples of the responsibilities for the candidate.


The candidate will provide research expertise in novel methods of extraction of REE’s from coal and coal byproduct materials. The support will include such methods as; leaching, chemical extraction, reactive grinding, and associated characterization. Familiarity with multiple methods is necessary for success.


The candidate will provide a lead role in management of the REE sample bank. This job function will include the collection, processing, handling, submission, and analysis of elemental data for REE field samples.


The candidate will provide research expertise with a good understanding of separation, sensing, and characterization methods practiced or under development at NETL.


The candidate will support the Mineral Processing Lab lab for crushing, grinding, sieving.


The candidate will support to the activity manager in various tasks in an effort to provide a REE technical expert to assist in the oversight of the activity.


This position requires a degree in professional studies of Chemical Engineering.


The candidate should have an extensive history of peer reviewed journal articles. (High impact value)


The candidate should a good presentation record at national and international conferences.


The candidate will have at least 5 years of experience in the field of Rare Earth Elements.


The candidate should have experience in coal preparation methodology. (Mineral processing)


The candidate will be responsible for generation of information about types and concentrations of REEs, their associations with mineral and other phases in the materials of interest, and their pertinent physical properties.


The candidate will be responsible for the development and evaluation of lab-scale physical, mechanical, and chemical separation techniques to extract/concentrate REEs from coal and coal by-product materials.


The candidate will be responsible for; identification of field sites that contain high concentrations of REEs, identification of proper sampling procedures, identify promising abundant and high REE materials for characterization and separation studies at NETL.


An update will be due by the end of each month briefly describing the accomplishments from that month and the next month’s forecast. Also, the applicant will include the relevant status of patents, publications or presentations. Reported information concerning publications and presentations shall include full title, author listing and journal or society name.


An update will be due by the end of the quarter briefly describing that quarter’s accomplishments.


The candidate will participate in group meetings. Group meetings are designed to allow the applicant to discuss current research and promote discussion with fellow researchers. The manager will request the applicant to provide a PowerPoint presentation for group meetings. The frequency of these presentations are generally once every 6 months but can occur at a higher rate.


This position will require extensive interface with customers and potential collaborative partners, so excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. The complexity of information to be managed will require excellent organization skills and an attention to detail.


The candidate should have some leadership experience.

Minimum Requirements

Bachelors degree and 5 years of job-related experience in biology, chemistry, economics, geology, physics, mathematic or related scientific field or a Masters degree or equivalent. Excellent communications and analytical skills, working knowledge of computer systems and integrated software application programs. Position may require travel. Position may require the ability to pass and maintain a security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. degree in professional studies of Chemical Engineering

Preferably, the prospective employee would be familiar with working in a GOGO (Government Owned Government Operated) national laboratory environment.

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow.

AECOM is an equal opportunity employer and Minorities, Females, Veterans, and Disabled persons are encouraged to apply. For further information, please click here to view the EEO Is The Law poster.


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Job Category Sciences

Business Line Energy

Business Group Management Services Group (MS)

Country United States of America

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 195627BR

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.