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Chemical Engineer (II) or Sr Chemical Engineer (I)



Other Engineering
Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2024

C-Zero is a hard-tech startup located in Santa Barbara, CA, that is developing a technology for decarbonizing natural gas. The company’s technology uses high temperatures to break down methane, (the primary molecule in natural gas) into hydrogen and solid carbon. C-Zero’s hydrogen can be used to decarbonize a wide range of industries including ammonia production, gasoline and diesel fuel, electric generation, process heat, and fuel cell vehicles, and has the potential to address 75% of global CO2 emissions. Are you excited about working to develop a technology that can support the energy transition? Check out this role and join our team!

Position Summary: Designs equipment and develops processes for manufacturing chemicals and related products by performing the following duties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead and execute projects on the design, fabrication, and operation of targeted experimental campaigns to provide information required to design integrated process units for the conversion of natural gas into solid carbon and hydrogen.
  • Work with the R&D and Engineering teams on design and modeling of process units to ensure successful scale up of the technology
  • Project manage external firms to deliver on assigned tasks
  • Assist in the development and design of pilot systems including definition of operating parameters to enable scale-up and commercialization of C-Zero’s technology
  • Perform heat transfer, chemical process modeling, and techno-economic analysis using industry software tools
  • Conducts research to develop new and improved manufacturing processes.
  • Manage / mentor junior engineers / technicians
  • Determine most effective arrangement of unit operations exercising judgment to compromise between process requirements, economic evaluation, operator effectiveness, and physical and health hazards.
  • Direct activities of workers who operate and control lab or pilot facilities in order to run experimental campaigns in the progression of the technology

Qualifications / Education / Experience:

  • Chemical Engineer (II) - BS/MS with 2-4 years industrial experience or PhD with 1-3 years industrial experience
  • Senior Chemical Engineer (I) - BS/MS with 5+ years industrial experience or PhD with 3+ years industrial experience in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field.
  • Experience with performing reactor and chemical process modeling. Preference for experience in fluidized bed systems.
  • Experience in refining, petrochemical, specialty chemical, pulp and paper, or related industries as a member of the Technical staff or Operations.
  • Hands-on experience in all the stages of technology development life cycle from idea to lab validation to pilot. Some experience or understanding of in-situ and ex-situ lab analytics (i.e. GC, MS, SEM) preferred.

Physical Demands:

Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds

The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor.

Total Compensation:

We are open to a range of experience levels from intermediate to senior level, and thus is reflected in the salary range below:

Chemical Engineer (II) $95,000 - $135,000

Sr. Chemical Engineer (I) $112,000 - $160,000

Additionally CZero offers a competitive total compensation package including:

401k company contributions on day 1, no matching required

Medical and dental benefits for employee and families

Equity option grants