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R&D Project Leader Hydrometallurgy

Belgium, Olen

Group R&D

Research & Development

Job description

For its Group Research & Development located in Olen (Belgium), Umicore is currently looking for a

R&D Project Leader Hydrometallurgy

We are looking for a Project Leader with background or interest in hydrometallurgical processes. You take the responsibility of research projects, broadens your expertise and make it available within other R&D projects. You push boundaries by acquiring knowledge on new technologies and applying this knowledge to generate ideas for new developments. Moreover, you maintain your internal network and share expertise with colleagues.


  • Your main responsibility is the development and optimization of hydrometallurgical processes
  • You continue to develop your own, as well as the group’s, expertise in this field
  • You take responsibility over de projects you have been entrusted with and lead their implementation
  • You are accountable for the results, timing and budget in the area of your responsibility
  • You take responsibility for environmental, health and safety aspects of your team
  • You interact with internal and external customers and stakeholders


  • You hold a PhD in chemical engineering or a PhD in Chemistry.
  • You are driven by scientific and technological challenges
  • You are fluent in English; Dutch is your mother tongue or you are prepared to master it rapidly. Knowledge of French and / or German and / or other languages are clear assets
  • You are prepared to accomplish occasionally short missions abroad
  • You are result-oriented and your passion for your work proves infectious; as such, you succeed in convincing other people to apply the results of research and development work
  • Teamwork and open communication are very important to you
  • You have a curious nature meaning that you like exploring and learning new things
  • You are open minded towards new ideas and concepts
  • You stimulate your own and others’ creativity and innovation


Umicore promotes continuous learning for all its employees and foresees the adequate training and education in order to guarantee a fast and comfortable integration. On top of competitive working conditions, Umicore's wide range of activities provides an excellent platform for growth and job rotation.

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