Digitization Postdoc Position

Geological Survey of Finland is an internationally oriented geoscience research agency operating under the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. We are a leading European competence center on the assessment and sustainable use of geological resources. For our customers and partners we provide geological expertise to create solutions for more sustainable growth. We offer diverse expert and research services, continuously developing digital services and a broad range of laboratory services. We employ over 400 professionals. www.gtk.fi/en

GTK is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to join the KTR Circular Economy Solution research team, and is opening a postdoctoral position in the field of digitization in process engineering.

GTK Mintec is currently preparing to upgrade its pilot scale process plant (flotation), with new state of the art instrumentation and the development of a machine learning AI network to manage the output data. In doing so the next generation of process engineering problem solving may be developed. This research will focus on the development of a new kind of instrumented system that will integrate comminution and flotation in an operational context. This will involve developing a new technology paradigm for mineral process practice, where if successful, phenomena of what antagonistically impacts recovery will be diagnosed and isolated across the whole circuit.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of:

  • Machine learning
  • Artificial intelligence systems
  • Instrumentation engineering
  • Systems engineering
  • Mineral process engineering
  • Database development

The candidate must be in possession of a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering or Minerals Engineering, or other relevant field. He or she will have experience in instrumentation, machine learning, systems modelling and data base development. The candidate will be expected to generate a database of existing and historical data, and therefore skills in multivariate and statistical data analysis is desired.

A background in applied research and close cooperation with industry is highly desired. Fluent spoken and written English skills are requirements for the position. A record of scientific publications and attendance to international conferences would be demonstrated to show the ability to share your research. We also value knowledge on the operational challenges associated with mineral processing. Success in the position requires co-operation skills and good interaction skills.

What we offer

GTK is an international and diverse work community where everyone's input is valued. Our employees have the opportunity to influence their own work, and we offer the ability to work remotely. At GTK we are determined to renew our operations and expertise. We take care of our employees' wellbeing with our extensive occupational healthcare and wide range of activities that support wellbeing at work. Find out more about us: www.gtk.fi/en/careers-at-gtk/.

The position will be filled initially for 2 years, with the possibility of renewal for a further 2 years with a possibility of permanent employment at the GTK. The preferred starting date is 01.11.2020 and the location is Espoo, Finland, with regular travel within Finland. There will be the occasional international travel. The starting salary will be approximately 3 880 € per month.

We may conduct a personal background check of the person selected to the office or the job, if the person allows it (Security Clearance Act 726/2014). For more information about the security clearance process and the rights of the subject of the background check, visit www.supo.fi.

Please send your application with motivation letter, CV and application template by 16.15 p.m. (EET) on July 31st 2020 to the Geological Survey of Finland via the Valtiolle.fi recruitment service using service key 32-524-2020.

Further information: Associate Prof. Simon P Michaux (simon.michaux@gtk.fi), KTR Unit Head Jouko Nieminen (jouko.nieminen@gtk.fi).

Link GTK postdoc application template:
https://www.gtk.fi/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Template_Applied_Digitization_Mineral_Processing_2020_July_31.docx

published: 25 June 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.