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ELECTROCHEMICAL RESEARCHER

Chicago, IL

Chement is seeking an electrochemical researcher who is passionate about developing technologies that enable greenhouse gas emissions reduction. Currently, the production of cement accounts for 8% of global emissions each year making it one of the largest single sources of emissions, and one of the biggest hurdles towards the emissions reduction needed by 2050 to avoid a total climate disaster. Inspired by leading lithium-ion battery technology research and powered by renewable electricity, Chement is reinventing the 200-year-old way of making cement and will not stop until the billions of tons of CO2 emitted by the cement industry each year are history. Learn more at our website: chement.co

We are a venture-backed startup with funding from both the Breakthrough Energy Fellows program, a Bill Gates funded organization, and Starlight VC. In our search for our first employees we are looking for someone who is ambitious, contributes independent thought, and is willing to play an active role in fulfilling Chement’s mission to use clean, renewable electricity to change the cement industry.

This job is based in Chicago, Illinois.  All applicants must be willing to work five days a week in person.  

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Fabricate, assemble, and test electrochemical cells using Li-ion battery manufacturing techniques

  • Perform basic wet lab chemical tests

  • Collaborate with CEO to design and implement novel experiments to advance Chement’s cutting-edge electrochemical processes

  • Work closely with an external partner, Aionics, to incorporate machine learning guided device and materials optimization into electrochemical experiments

  • Collaborate with CEO to source materials and supplies including iteration and optimize of workflow process, materials, supplies over time.

  • Work and inform technician to design/fabricate customized equipment on an as-needed basis.

  • On-site operations, including waste management. Responsible for oversight and proper disposal of chemicals and solvents on-site.

  • Support grant-writing, funding requests and technical reporting to existing funders.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or related field

  • 3+ years of previous experimental research experience in academic and/or industry setting

  • Strong understanding of electrochemistry and electrochemical systems

  • Strong data analysis and visualization skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Eligible to work in the United States

IDEAL CANDIDATE EXPERIENCE

  • Previous experience with battery or other electrochemical storage/conversion technology research, and/or fabrication

  • Experience with continuum modeling of electrochemical processes or other chemical engineering process modeling

  • Knowledge of Python programming and data manipulation

  • Experience with advanced spectroscopic characterization such as X-ray diffraction, X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) and Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (EDX), and/or electron microscopy.

  • PhD in Materials Science, Chemistry, or related field

Candidates should send their CV and a one-page cover letter demonstrating their interest to greg@chement.co. Please use the cover letter as an opportunity to show off your personality and purpose!

ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIST

Chicago, IL

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with CEO, Chief Scientist, and Researcher to design and build custom cell fixtures to refine and scale Chement's current state of the art processes

  • Work with CEO, Chief Scientist, and Researcher to design and build a high throughput electrolyte testing kit. Refine current best practices leveraging previous cutting edge research of team.

  • Run experiments, including electrolyte testing.

  • Inform budget for materials/tools.

  • Leverage and inform access to local maker spaces needed for fabrication

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • School degree or Associate’s/Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineer or related field

  • 5+ years working as a technician in an industrial or laboratory setting

  • Fabrication skills - Light carpentry, metal shop skills, plastics and 3D printing

  • Experience with electronics, gas handling, pumps, furnaces, measurements and characterization

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel. Powerpoint

  • Must be organized and capable of keeping good, clear records in lab notebooks

  • Must be comfortable working in a team environment

  • Eligible to work in the United States

IDEAL CANDIDATE EXPERIENCE

  • Previous experience with battery or other electrochemical storage/conversion technology research, and/or fabrication

  • Experience with Computer Automated Design (CAD) or other relevant technical software

  • Knowledge of Python programming and data manipulation

Candidates should send their CV and a one-page cover letter demonstrating their interest to greg@chement.co. Please use the cover letter as an opportunity to show off your personality and purpose!

Chement is hiring a technologist to assist with fabrication, laboratory setups, operate and maintain purchased and homebuilt equipment, and carry out experiments. We are seeking somebody who is passionate about developing technologies that enable greenhouse gas emissions reduction. Currently, the production of cement accounts for 8% of global emissions each year making it one of the largest single sources of emissions, and one of the biggest hurdles towards the emissions reduction needed by 2050 to avoid a total climate disaster. Inspired by leading lithium-ion battery technology research and powered by renewable electricity, Chement is reinventing the 200-year-old way of making cement and will not stop until the billions of tons of CO2 emitted by the cement industry each year are history. Learn more at our website: chement.co

We are a venture-backed startup with funding from both the Breakthrough Energy Fellows program, a Bill Gates funded organization, and Starlight VC. This role will work closely with the founder of the company and scientific staff. The ideal candidate is a hacker and maker with a range of technical experience who is very hands-on, gets things done, gets things working, and gets results.

This job is based in Chicago, Illinois. All applicants must be willing to work five days a week in person.