R&D Engineer

Number of employees

110

Houston, United States

Posted on: 2024-05-31

Category: carbon

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Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:

Intermediate

Salary

Salary not provided

About the company:

Carbon Clean is an established global leader in industrial carbon capture solutions helping essential, but hard-to-abate, industries decarbonise. Our innovative solutions significantly reduce the costs and environmental impacts of carbon capture compared to conventional technologies.

Technology to achieve 'net zero'.

Role Purpose:  

The R&D team looks to drive innovation within Carbon Clean, solve problems, and identify and fill critical knowledge gaps. As a Chemical Reaction Engineer within the R&D organization, you will be responsible for building fit for purpose reactor/contactor models and thermodynamic models involved in Carbon Clean’s process technology, timely and high-quality analysis of process data, and providing recommendations to the technical team. You will be an integral part of the idea generation process and your work will be critical to driving process innovation and intellectual property generation for Carbon Clean. You will also proactively engage with internal and external stakeholders, consulting with thoughtful and well-communicated solutions custom-fit to their requirements. 

Your Key Focus Areas Will be: 

  • Building and owning the development of custom models for reaction processes and building blocks in Carbon Clean’s CO2 capture processes, validating models using field and bench-scale data, and continuously improving models to improve predictions.  
  • Building and owning the development of thermodynamics (phase-equilibria) models, property models, degradation models, validating models using lab data, and continuously improving models to improve predictions. 
  • Evaluating different modeling platforms and developing new approaches to improve accuracy of model predictions. 
  • Supporting new idea generation, de-risking novel process concepts, and pilot/process-scale troubleshooting activities. 
  • Proactively preparing simulation plans in support of project goals and performing post-processing and data analysis using your knowledge of reaction engineering and thermodynamics. 
  • Preparing figures, reports, and presentations to document project results. Presenting these results regularly to internal and external stakeholders. 
  • To develop and maintain expertise in the company’s core technologies through reading literature and attending conferences and webinars. 

Requirements

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or related discipline with relevant thesis work. 
  • Solid understanding of chemical engineering fundamentals – transport phenomena, chemical reaction engineering, reactive mass transfer, thermodynamics/phase equilibria, multiphase contactors, and separation processes.  
  • Excited to contribute to revolutionary technology development in CO2 capture. 
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with and work well with others in a dynamic team environment. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication and problem-solving skills. 
  • Being self-motivated and self-reliant. 
  • Demonstrated experience (2-3 years) with 
  • Developing and applying multi-scale models of process units including reactive mass transfer unit operations, rotating packed beds, packed columns, scrubbing vessels, etc. 
  • Building, solving, and optimizing robust kinetic models which incorporate fundamental process chemistry. 
  • Software packages: Aspen Plus, gPROMS, AVEVA process modeler or similar. 
  • Programming languages: Python, MATLAB 
  • Using off-the-shelf optimizers to fit models to experimental data (example: HEEDS, SciPy, Pyomo).  

    Preferred Requirements: 
    • 1-2 years of experience with writing custom rate-based process blocks using Aspen Custom Modeler or gPROMS in an industrial R&D setting. 
    • Hands-on experience with lab or pilot scale experimentation, data analysis, and analytical techniques. 
    • Solid understanding of dimensionless groups, and development of heat transfer and mass transfer correlations from experiments.  
    • Demonstrated programming abilities in any of the following: C, Fortran, Python, Java and/or Excel VBA. 
    • Demonstrated experience of presenting modelling analysis results to stakeholders. 

Benefits

We give you

  • The opportunity to continue to develop both personally and professionally, in our rapidly growing company
  • A brilliant company culture that encourages initiative, collaboration, and positivity at work
  • Great office environment in our new Houston Office at The Ion
  • Hybrid working – with the flexibility to work from home for up to 3 days a week
  • A brilliant company culture that encourages initiative, collaboration, and positivity at work

Benefits & perks include

  • 20 days vacation plus public holidays, in line with NYSE and 2 ‘floating days’ which can be taken on a date of your choosing.
  • Pension contribution matching 6%
  • Healthcare Reimbursement

Everyone belongs at Carbon Clean

We are passionate and committed to our people. Our aim is to build a diverse and inclusive movement: teams of forward-thinking people, with unique talents, skills, passions, and experiences. It’s talent that matters to us and we encourage everyone to join us, whatever your gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, life experience, or background. So please come as you are – we can’t wait to meet you.

We’d be thrilled if you tick off all our boxes yet we also believe it’s just as important we tick off all of yours. And if you think you have most of what we’re looking for but not every single thing, go ahead and hit apply. We’d still love to hear from you!

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