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Research Engineer

Oakland, California, US
Closing date
Sep 28, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Climate Change
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Employment Type
Full time
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Magrathea is a technology startup based in Oakland, California with a mission to radically reduce the socioenvironmental impacts of producing structural metal from natural resources.

Role Description

? Leading development, documentation, and implementation of pilot scale process studies.

? Designing pilot plant scale processes to prove out key production processes.

? Designing experiments to test hypotheses and answer key questions.

? Help develop new process technologies internally and with external collaborators to protect novel technology through intellectual property.

? Running elemental analysis of lab samples and ensuring accuracy of the results.

? Observing best safety practices and contributing to a positive and proactive safety culture.

? Occasional travel to off-site locations where the company is developing resource projects.

Ideal Background

? Bachelor's, Masters, or PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering, or similar 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 solving climate change.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee may occasionally work in wet and/or humid conditions, with toxic or caustic chemicals and moderate heat. Magrathea makes employee safety a top priority and proper engineering controls with excessive redundancy will be put in place to mitigate hazards. All work environment exposures are reduced to acceptable occupational levels through the distribution and usage of personal protective equipment. From time to time it may be necessary to lift objects weighing up to 20 kilograms.

How To Apply

Send your resume to with a 3-5 sentence description of your story and why you want to help decarbonize structural metals. 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.
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