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Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty in Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy

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Work type: Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Golden, CO
Categories: Mining Engineering


Position Title:

Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty in Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy

The Opportunity:

The Department of Mining Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) invites applications for an academic faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor in Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy (MPEM).  The successful candidate will support the MPEM program in the Department of Mining Engineering and will contribute to providing undergraduate and graduate students with a world-class educational experience while conducting cutting edge research in a wide range of applied fields, and with meaningful service contributions.

The candidate will be an active contributor to several established and highly acclaimed research programs under the Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy (KIEM), including the Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling, the Critical Materials Institute, REMADE, and other externally sponsored projects.  The candidate is expected to also develop independent research projects that complement their specific interests.  The candidate will teach in support of the extractive metallurgy program which may include courses in: pyrometallurgy, hydrometallurgy and electrometallurgy, mineral processing, recycling, chemical processing, transport phenomena, chemical thermodynamics and others as required.  The candidate will participate in service contributions both internal and external to the university and will distinguish themselves for their achievements as evaluated by their peers and program constituencies. 

Mines is ranked as the top Minerals and Mining Engineering program in the World and is seeking faculty applicants that will contribute to our continued global reputation as a leader in mining and resource education (QS World University Rankings, 2021).  Successful candidates will share in the Mines vision in addressing the technical challenges of today’s global society through student education, professional leadership, and contributions to knowledge through applied research and scholarly activities.  We highly value applicants who have the ability to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries and secure research funding from a diverse array of sources, including but not limited to industry.  As a department, we pride ourselves on providing an exceptional educational experience to our students and seek applicants who have the same passion for student learning and professional development, and for advancing the institution’s commitment to promote diversity and inclusion.

  • Develop and deliver course materials to undergraduate and graduate students in traditional, hybrid, and online platforms demonstrating teaching excellence and high-impact scholarship. 
  • Supervise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. 
  • Establish and/or maintain a quality publication record. 
  • Develop and maintain strong, visible externally funded research program that will contribute to scholarly publication. 
  • Contribute both institutionally and professionally through active service. 
  • Cultivate and promote an inclusive and diverse Mines community through recruiting, mentorship, collaboration, and service. 
Minimum Qualifications:
  • A Ph.D. in a Mining Engineering, Extractive Metallurgy, Mineral Processing or closely related discipline from an accredited program by the time the appointment begins. 
  • Assistant Professor candidates must possess 0-5 years of experience in academic, research lab, and/or industry experience and accomplishments in a related field. 
  • Associate Professor candidates must possess 5+ years of experience in academic, research lab, and/or industry experience and accomplishments in a related field as well as national distinction and a substantial record in research, teaching and/or service. 
  • Full Professor candidates must possess 10+ years of experience in academic, research lab, and/or industry experience and accomplishments in a related field.  Candidates must have international distinction and a substantial record in research, teaching and/or service as well as an established international reputation. 
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication, and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to safely work safely and unsupervised in a laboratory or industry facility. 
  • Demonstrated track record and/or commitment to diversity, access, and inclusion efforts.
  • Track record of interdisciplinary collaboration across at least two fields.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Successful record of teaching and research obtained via academic research, college-level teaching and/or industry or national lab experience. 
  • Demonstrated success in securing externally funded grants/contracts for those applying at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. 
  • Demonstrated record of research publications in archival journals and conference proceedings. 
Department Description:

The Mining Engineering Department currently has 13 tenured/tenure track faculty spanning expertise in mining, mineral processing and extractive metallurgical, underground construction and tunneling, geology and mineral exploration, space mining, and disciplines related to sustainability, occupational safety, data analytics, cultural anthropology, and explosives.  At present, the Department enrollment is among the largest in the U.S., with approximately 90 undergraduates and 55 graduate students.  The Department offers an ABET-accredited B.S. in Mining Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mining Engineering, Earth Resources Development and Engineering, and Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering, as well as an online Professional Master’s degree in Mining Engineering and Management.  The Department also is the home for the Edgar Experimental Mine and the Explosives Research Laboratory located 30 miles west of campus in Idaho Springs, Colorado, and the Earth Mechanics Institute on campus in Golden.  The Energy, Mining and Construction Industry Safety (EMCIS) training and outreach program also resides in the department.  Other resources include state-of-the-art laboratories for mineral processing and extractive metallurgy, equipment for field studies and summer field camp, the Mintec Computer Laboratory for modeling, and a new laboratory for virtual Reality and Visualization.  For more information about the Department of Mining Engineering, visit

About Mines & Golden, CO:
Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver.  The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience.
Equal Opportunity:

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons.  Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Pay Range:

Mines is offering an academic year salary of: 

Assistant Professor: $99,197-$103,002
Associate Professor: $117,$168-$119,254
Professor: $168,267-$177,981

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

Total Rewards: Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings.  Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs.  Additionally, Mines’ leadership and innovation brings proximity and access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs and bleeding edge technology.  For more information, visit Mines benefits.
How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a resume and cover letter (required). References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made.

Review of applications will be ongoing until the position is filled.  The application must include:  

  • A letter of interest that indicates your areas of expertise and career objectives;
  • A statement of teaching and research experience and interests, with a description of any experience you have in online education; 
  • A statement on contributions to diversity and inclusion, describing your past experiences and proposed activities to advance access, inclusion and diversity at Mines (for more information visit; and 
  • A curriculum vitae. 

For further information, please contact Kathleen Feighny in Human Resources at

Background Investigation Required: Yes
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Effective December 18, 2021, this position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. New employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination upon hire.
Religious and medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation shall be addressed as required by law pursuant to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s vaccination guidance.

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