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Senior MEA Fabrication Engineer

Berkeley, California
about 1 month ago
Full time role

Company

Twelve

Berkeley, CA, USA

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Job Description

Twelve is a new kind of chemical company built for the climate era. Our breakthrough technology eliminates emissions by turning CO2 into essential products. We are a team of scientists, engineers and problem solvers on a mission to fundamentally shift the way the world addresses climate change and lead the transition to a fossil free future with our carbon transformation technology.

The Fabrication Team is a dynamic part of Twelve’s technical team responsible for formulating inks, designing electrodes, coating substrates and scaling-up the core component of our CO2 electrolyzer system, the Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA). The MEA is made of catalysts, polymer electrolytes, and other substrates that catalyze the conversion of CO2 to CO and other chemicals. Our team works collaboratively to translate research ideas into functioning systems and products with high performance and durability. So if you're ready to roll up your sleeves with a diverse, world class team of material scientists, electrochemists and engineers in an innovative and supportive environment to make a positive, measurable impact on climate, Twelve is the place for you. 

Job Brief

We are looking for a Senior MEA Fabrication Engineer to conduct research and develop continuous coating methods to design, formulate, and fabricate high performance anodes and cathodes for CO2 electrolyzers.  In this position you will be engaged with multiple cross-functional teams to explore various aspects of developing scalable coating processes by rapidly iterating through ink formulations, optimizing ink mixing methods, modifying the deposition of thin films on substrates, and tuning formulation and fabrication parameters (solids ratio, viscosity, surface tension, drying rate etc.) to optimize electrode composition and morphology. You will be tasked with becoming the subject matter expert on ink rheology, electrode microstructure and MEA manufacturing methods. This is a hybrid position but the R&D hands-on work will need to be conducted primarily on-site in Berkeley

What you will do

  • Manage various fabrication projects to scale up Twelve’s MEA production 
  • Lead, plan and execute projects or design experiments to optimize coating methods and drying behavior of inks to fabricate high performance electrodes
  • Lead and mentor a team of engineers and technicians and provide technical support to projects leads
  • Liaise and communicate effectively between the R&D project teams and fabrication team to achieve project goals and meet deliverables
  • Analyze and present experimental findings to colleagues and collaborators
  • Direct, train, and mentor MEA fabrication technicians and engineers on new processes and tools
  • Rapidly analyze measurement data for process and characterization parameters
  • Maintain and manage good record keeping and communication platforms

Who you are

  • You have a PhD with 3+ years experience, relevant Master's Degree and 6+ years of experience, or a Bachelor's degree in a STEM field with 10+ years of relevant experience
  • Hands on experience working with, or developing, inks for roll to roll or other relevant coating methods or equipment
  • Prior experience leading projects fabricating electrodes using slot die, roll-to-roll coating, Meyer rod coating, blade coating, or gravure coating methods is strongly preferred
  • Experience working with and operating ink preparation and ink mixing equipment
  • Familiarity with electrochemical systems (fuel cells, electrolyzers, batteries) is desired

Twelve Benefits

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Paid sick days and vacation
  • Competitive salary and equity compensation commensurate with experience
  • Diverse and inclusive work environment

We believe that the unique contributions of each individual is the driver of our success. To make sure that our products and culture continue to incorporate everyone's perspectives and experience we never discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or marital, veteran, or disability status.

 

Want to work with us but don't see a current opening that fits your background? Email us at talent@twelve.co. 

 

Twelve

Berkeley, CA, USA

We're Twelve, a new kind of chemical company built for the climate era. Our breakthrough technology eliminates emissions by turning ...

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