Principal Exploration Geologist

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States of America
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Job Description

About Albemarle Energy Storage

Albemarle is the industry leader in lithium and lithium derivatives. We maintain the strongest vertically integrated position in the industry, from our unique natural resource position to specialty product manufacturing. As stewards of the planet, we at Albemarle are committed to meeting the needs of our customers for high quality products in a sustainable, safe, and environmentally responsible manner.

When you join the Albemarle team, you contribute to a better tomorrow. You will play a role in powering many of the world’s largest and most critical industries, from energy and communications to transportation and electronics. We are putting innovation to work to improve people’s lives and we want YOU to be a part of it.

Job Summary

Do you enjoy leading the discovery of new resources for a more sustainable future? Do you enjoy working in a global organization, encouraging strategic thinking and innovative approaches to solving problems? If so, Albemarle wants to hear from you!

The Lithium Resources team is responsible for overseeing our existing resources and discovering new ones to enable Albemarle’s strategy to be a leader from mine to market and ensure a more sustainable future. Members of this teamwork across a variety of geology and engineering functions including exploration, grade control, mine planning, metallurgy/process, environmental/permitting, economics, and community engagement.

We are currently seeking a Principal Geologist – North America to join our Lithium Resources team at the Charlotte Office in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

This is hybrid position will travel (25%) as necessary across North America.

In this role, you will be responsible for developing a roster of exploration targets, including free ground and prospective junior companies; providing quality and timely geological inputs to exploration partnership agreements; and educating the business on internal and external lithium opportunities. Well-suited candidates should be capable of strategic and critical thinking, collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team, and be proactive in implementing initiatives relevant to enhancing geology and exploration. Additionally, in this position you will:

  • Review internal and external exploration programs for technical rigor, ensuring they meet minimum standards for progression.

  • Technical liaison for meetings and data reviews with exploration partners.

  • Develop the strategic and tactical opportunities for Albemarle’s resource growth in North America.

  • Continuously refine Albemarle’s understanding of lithium pegmatite genesis, including highlighting research opportunities.

  • Review global opportunities on an as-needed basis, collaborating with other technical professionals worldwide.

  • Support technical development of all Albemarle staff members, from junior exploration geologists to top-level presentations.

Essential Functions

  • Travel within North America up to 25% of the year, on an as-needed basis.

  • Curate prospectivity map(s) of North American lithium pegmatite potential, highlighting opportunities for early-stage resource growth.

  • Prepare technical reports on external & internal lithium opportunities.

  • Liaise externally with exploration companies, providing technical review and coordination during partnership discussions.

  • Liaise internally with other stakeholder groups as the subject matter expert on exploration potential in partnership discussions.

  • Review internal and external exploration data for lithium pegmatite potential, highlighting projects to advance or terminate.

  • Review market movement and communicate their potential impact to the lithium resource acquisition landscape.

  • Build exploration capability within the company through collaborative demonstration, including technical reviews, presentations, and workshops.

  • Preparation of material as required for inclusion in company presentations & memorandums.

Education & Experience:

  • At minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in Geology.

  • Postgraduate degree in Geology viewed strongly.

  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in exploration and mining, preferably with direct experience in lithium pegmatites. Experience in greenstone-hosted gold or nickel exploration also viewed positively.

  • Involvement with exploration partnership deals.

  • Commitment to team safety and health in an all aspects of planning and execution.

  • Extensive exploration geology experience with focus on mineral systems thinking, direct detection techniques applicable to lithium pegmatites, and preparing and evaluating exploration program proposals.

  • Experience using Structural Geology and its applications to field mapping and targeting.

  • Experience in evaluating lithium pegmatite prospects considered strongly.

  • Proactive review of external market movements and ability to understand their potential impact on the exploration and resource acquisition landscape.

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, especially including collaborative technical communication.

  • A proven problem solver with leadership, mentoring, team building and motivation skills.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products to include PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Access and Outlook.

  • Proficiency with Maptek Vulcan, Leapfrog Geo, or other modelling software.

  • Participate in annual internal and external budget project reviews.

We are partners to one another in pioneering new ways to be better for ourselves, our teams, and our communities. When you join Albemarle, you become our most essential element and you can anticipate competitive compensation, a comprehensive benefits package, and resources that foster your well-being and fuel your personal growth. Help us shape the future, build with purpose and grow together.

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