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Research Scientist - Cement Materials

Berkner Group
Somerville, Massachusetts, US
Closing date
May 26, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Full time
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Background & Overview

Sublime Systems' mission is to have a swift and massive impact on reducing global CO2 emissions by decarbonizing cement, the key ingredient in concrete. Founded in 2020, Sublime Systems has taken on the challenge of transforming the cement production process. Leading investors including The Engine, Prime Impact Fund, Energy Impact Partners, and Lowercarbon Capital have funded Sublime's technology, recognizing that this paradigm shift in production has set us on the path to deliver high performance, net-zero solutions to concrete producers, thereby driving gigaton-scale reductions in CO2 emissions.

If you are galvanized by seeking solutions to hard problems, inspired to combat climate change, and have a "hard hat" in your DNA, contact us today to learn more about Sublime Systems. We are seeking extraordinary scientists, engineers, market and business development strategists, and operations experts to propel innovation and market transformation.

Position Overview

Sublime Systems seeks a research scientist to contribute to the development of our cement. This contributor will be responsible for conducting research including hands-on lab-scale testing, data analysis, and literature reviews, and will work with the rest of our team to validate and optimize the performance of our cement. The research scientist will work closely with the company's experienced technical team and will make a large impact on the technology and business. This is an exciting opportunity to combat global climate change by transforming how the world makes cement.

Responsibilities include:
  • Implementing experimental methods and tools to validate and optimize the performance of Sublime's cement
  • Performing lab experiments including cement property measurements, analyzing data, and presenting results
  • Testing and implementing strategies to improve cement performance
  • Championing safety, especially in the development of experimental processes
  • Contributing to the development of Sublime's technology through literature reviews and informational interviews with industry experts
  • Contributing to white papers, reports, and patent applications
  • Fostering Sublime Systems' reputation by delivering innovative solutions
  • Helping to develop a supportive, innovative, and dynamic company culture

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

This role will focus on cement performance validation and optimization. The position is expected to be hands-on, with a significant amount of time spent engaging in lab testing. The ideal candidate will be independent, results-driven, ambitious, organized, and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

  • B.S. or M.S. in civil engineering, materials science, materials chemistry, or a related field, plus 3 or more years of relevant work experience, OR Ph.D. in civil engineering, materials science, materials chemistry, or a related field
  • Candidates with research experience in cement, concrete, admixtures, glass ceramics, nanomaterials, and/or related materials are preferred.
  • Knowledge of materials chemistry, kinetics, thermodynamics, and structure-property-function relationships.
  • Ability to select, design, and apply tools and techniques to measure key physical and chemical properties of cement and concrete materials.
  • Knowledge of statistical methods including design of experiments is preferred.
  • Superior presentation and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to listen, distill information, consult, and suggest new approaches.
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail, focusing on accuracy and quality, without losing sight of the bigger picture.
  • Balance, perspective, and a good sense of humor.

Sublime Systems is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Your Right to Work

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

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