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Mineralogist I: Location: Tucson, AZ, US, 85706

Job Field:
Geosciences Jobs
Data Analysis/Data Management Jobs, Geologist Jobs
United States of America
Contract Type:
Full Time / Permanent
Salary Description:
on application
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Under general supervision, provides technical advice and guidance in mineralogical exploration, testing and analysis at assigned site.
  • Supports and performs routine and complex mineralogical analysis on exploration, mine and plant samples. Will implement and develop procedures and protocols for mineralogical instrumentation such as Microscopy (optical, SEM-EDS-WDS, QEMSCAN), XRD, NIR and Particle-Size Analysis
  • Reviews and recommends new or enhanced mineralogical analyses, testing equipment or protocols, reports analytical issues related to exploration, mine geology, mineral processing, hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, and environmental concerns and may make recommendations to the Senior Mineralogist for correction
  • Assists specific sample preparation work and application of ore characterization methods; performing and coordinating general material characterization projects and handling related analytical data for reporting
  • Evaluates and administers contracts with vendors for the provision of services and equipment; provides guidance and counsel to the site management team on applicable programs, practices and existing/proposed local, state and federal regulations and maintains a current working knowledge of applicable federal, state and local regulations
  • Performs other duties as required


Minimum Qualifications 


  • Bachelor's degree in Geology or related scientific discipline
  • Knowledge of the principles and methods used in complex mineralogical analyses
  • Able to research and analyze information of considerable difficulty and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to develop and maintain awareness of occupational hazards and safety precautions
  • Skilled in following safety practices and recognizing hazards
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing



  • Familiarity with SEM analysis 
  • Experience with VBA or Python programming
  • Experience with statistical analysis
  • Ability to understand and apply verbal and written work and safety-related instructions and procedures given in English
  • Ability to communicate in English with respect to job assignments, job procedures, and applicable safety standards
  • Must be able to work in a potentially stressful environment



  • Work is in a mine or manufacturing plant setting, which may include exposure to extremes in temperature and humidity, moving mechanical parts, risk of electrical shock, toxic chemicals, explosives, fumes or airborne particles
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, demonstrate manual dexterity, climb stairs and ladders, work on elevated platforms, talk, hear and see
  • Occasionally may be required to lift moderately heavy objects up to thirty (30) pounds during the course of the workday
  • Personal protective equipment is required when performing work in a mine, outdoor, or manufacturing plant environment, including hard hat, hearing protection, safety glasses, safety footwear, and as needed, respirator, rubber steel-toe boots, protective clothing, gloves and any other protective equipment as required
  • Freeport-McMoRan promotes a drug/ alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing and on-going random drug testing as per applicable State Laws

Freeport-McMoRan has reviewed the jobs at its various office and operating sites and determined that many of these jobs require employees to perform essential job functions that pose a direct threat to the safety or health of the employees performing these tasks or others.  Accordingly, the Company has designated the following positions as safety-sensitive:

  • Site-based positions, or positions which require unescorted access to site-based operational areas, which are held by employees who are required to receive MSHA, OSHA, DOT, HAZWOPER and/or Hazard Recognition Training; or 
  • Positions which are held by employees who operate equipment, machinery or motor vehicles in furtherance of performing the essential functions of their job duties, including operating motor vehicles while on Company business or travel (for this purpose “motor vehicles” includes Company owned or leased motor vehicles and personal motor vehicles used by employees in furtherance of Company business or while on Company travel); or
  • Positions which Freeport-McMoRan has designated as safety sensitive positions in the applicable job or position description and which upon further review continue to be designated as safety-sensitive based on an individualized assessment of the actual duties performed by a specifically identified employee.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability

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