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Organic Electrolyte Design Engineer

Magrathea Metals

Magrathea Metals

Oakland, CA, USA
Posted on Monday, August 28, 2023

Magrathea is a California technology company with a mission to radically reduce the socioenvironmental impacts of producing structural metal from natural resources. We are doing this by developing a new generation of electrolytic process technology for making carbon neutral magnesium metal from seawater and brines. We are backed by the most sophisticated energy and materials technology investors on Earth. This includes the earliest supporters of Tesla and SpaceX, a portfolio of major industrial families from across Europe, and the US federal government.

Job Description

  • Leading development of innovative organic solvent and electrolyte systems for conducting magnesium sulfate for electroplating of magnesium metal
  • Designing pilot plant scale processes to prove out key production processes including membranes which can selectively permeate magnesium sulfate and magnesium chloride
  • Designing experiments at pilot and bench scale to test hypotheses and answer key questions
  • Develop new process technologies internally and with external collaborators to protect novel technology through intellectual property
  • Supervising elemental analysis of lab samples, conducting QAQC on data collection, and analyzing experimental results to accelerate development of our technology
  • Contributing actively to a safety culture that puts physical wellbeing ahead of all other company priorities
  • Occasional travel to off-site locations where the company is developing commercial smelter operations

Ideal Background

  • PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering or adjacent field
  • Experience designing, constructing, and operating pilot or commercial scale processes
  • Experience with inorganic chemistry, gas-phase chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis, salt chemistry, molten salts, electrochemistry, electrochemical engineering, chlor-alkali, metallurgy, alloy technology, casting, or structural metals are all helpful
  • Understanding and experience in basic analytical chemistry such as calibrations, the use of analytical instruments like ICP-OES machines, and other inorganic analytical techniques
  • Creative and open-minded with the ability to rapidly learn about and think through complicated problems generating hypotheses for their resolution
  • Ability to work on a team to achieve audacious goals together
  • History of promoting company culture based on respect, care for the success of team members, and zeal for innovation with a demonstrated passion for mitigate the impacts of climate change

How To Apply

  • Send your resume to Magrathea deeply values the inclusion of women, LGBTQ people, and people of color on our team at every level from the laboratory to management to board of directors. Don’t forget to bring a towel!