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Title:  Chemist II

Requisition ID:  130501

Claypool, AZ, US, 85532

Category:  Scientific Services
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Why You Should Apply For This Job: 

At Freeport-McMoRan, we are committed to providing an employment package that recognizes excellence, encourages safe production and a culture supported by our core values. Here, you’ll find a collaborative environment where safety is a top priority, all opinions are valued, and people are empowered to grow in their career. Apply Today!     


Where You Will Work   

Our Miami smelter and rod plant is nestled just 90 miles east of Phoenix. The smelter processes copper concentrate primarily from our company’s Arizona copper mines and is the most significant source of sulphuric acid for our North American leaching operations. Arizona’s Globe-Miami historic mining district offers natural beauty and a rich mining heritage. The Tri-Town of Globe, Claypool and Miami offers convenient shopping locales, including Walmart, Safeway, Fry’s and other local stores. Here, our employees and their families can connect with the outdoors and enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere.  Visit to learn more.  


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



  • Inorganic analysis lab experience 




  • 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 40 pounds) during the course of the workday.
  • Personal protective equipment is required when performing work in a mine, outdoor, manufacturing or 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.

What We Offer You 

The estimated annual pay range for this role is currently $69,000-$94,000. This range reflects base salary only and does not include bonus payments, benefits or retirement contributions. Actual base pay is determined by experience, qualifications, skills and other job-related factors. This role is eligible for additional discretionary and incentive payment considerations based on company and individual performance. More details will be shared during the hiring process. Click here to view a sample of Total Rewards Estimate for this role.  

  • Affordable medical, dental and vision benefits  
  • Company-paid life and disability insurance  
  • 401(k) plan with employer contribution/match  
  • Paid time off, paid sick time, holiday pay, parental leave  
  • Tuition assistance  
  • Employee Assistance Program  
  • Discounted insurance plans for pet, auto, home and vehicle  
  • Internal progression opportunities  
  • Learn more about our competitive and comprehensive benefits package!  

 What We Require   

  • Candidates may be required to pass a medical exam.  
  • Candidates must pass all required training and/or testing.  
  • Employees may be required to work a non-standard schedule, which may include shift work (other than day shift) at a 24/7, 365-day operation.  
  • Freeport-McMoRan promotes a drug/alcohol-free work environment using mandatory pre-employment drug testing and on-going drug and alcohol testing, as allowed by applicable laws.  


Equal Opportunity Employer  


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Nearest Major Market: Payson

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