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Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

United States

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Chemist II - CASC - Safford, AZ


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Safford, AZ, United States 

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Scientific Services

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Freeport-McMoRan is a premier U.S.-based natural resources company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. We operate large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold and molybdenum. The company has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry. Freeport-McMoRan is the world’s largest publicly traded copper producer, the world’s largest producer of molybdenum and a significant gold producer. We have a long and successful history of conducting our business in a safe, highly efficient and socially-responsible manner.
We have the assets, the talent, the drive and the financial strength to provide attractive and rewarding careers for our employees. We encourage you to take some time to explore your career opportunities at Freeport-McMoRan.


Serve as a bench leader, providing technical expertise, guidance and advice while conducting research, analyses, synthesis and evaluation of raw materials, process samples and final products related to modern day domestic and international mining operations.  Perform quantitative analysis techniques by using various analytical instrumentation as well as classical wet chemical and gravimetric techniques and assures optimization and improvement of analytical methodologies to develop processes for new product development and quality assurance.
  • Serve as technical advisor on laboratory issues and analyses
  • Develop formulations, standards and specifications for processes, facilities, products and tests in support of research and development, material characterization, metallurgical process enhancements and final product quality assurance
  • Contribute to new research and analytical method development; matching testing procedures or mining processes to ore body and developing appropriate techniques/SOPs and safety protocols
  • Perform training, oversight, mentorship and may serve as supervisor of technicians
  • Prepare timely and accurate reports and deliver presentations on processes and projects to Chemists, Engineers, Metallurgists, and management
  • Research quality control/quality analysis issues and make recommendations to Sr. Chemist/Chief Chemist for evaluation/correction
  • Evaluate and administer contracts with vendors for the provision of services and equipment
  • Maintain current working knowledge of applicable Federal, State and local regulations
  • Perform other duties as required

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or very closely related field with a strong emphasis in Chemistry (e.g., Chemical Engineering, Biology) and two (2) years of experience as a Chemist in a research/analytical lab environment
  • Knowledge of the principles and methods used in complex chemical, laboratory and quality assurance analyses
  • Current knowledge of laboratory instrumentation
  • Familiarity with modern analytical chemistry instrumentation methods
  • Good decision making skills regarding proper laboratory technique and comparative laboratory procedures
  • Ability to research and analyze information of considerable difficulty and draw valid conclusions
  • Skill in effective communication, both verbal and written
  • Must have good application of computer programs and basic understanding of statistical data analysis
  • Ability to develop and maintain awareness of occupational hazards and safety precautions
  • Skill in following safety practices and recognizing hazards