Senior Research Scientist

Number of employees

40

Somerville, MA, United States

Posted on: 2024-04-02

Category: materials

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Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:

Senior

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About the company:

Sublime is developing a breakthrough process to make low-carbon cement. The technology replaces the industry's legacy fossil-fuel-intensive thermal calciner process with an electrochemical process that produces low-carbon cement at ambient temperatures with renewable electricity. Sublime was started in 2020, as a spin-out of Yet-Ming Chiang's lab at MIT (Form Energy, A123, American Superconductor, 24M, Desktop Metals).

Sublime Systems is a technology company commercializing affordable, ultra-low-carbon cement. Sublime's breakthrough replaces the industry's legacy fossil fuel-fired kilns with an electrochemical system that operates at ambient temperature, eliminating the use of fossil fuel and the need for limestone, resulting in low-carbon, low-embodied energy cement. This technology has the potential to drive gigaton-scale CO2 reductions in an industry responsible for 8 percent of global emissions. Sublime is backed by mission-aligned investors, including The Engine, Prime Impact Fund, Energy Impact Partners, and Lowercarbon Capital. We are building a diverse and collaborative team of folks who are "amped about cement" (pun intended), who share our values (excellence, creativity, and teamwork), and our motivation to create a better world. 

This is an exciting opportunity to transform how the world makes cement. Sublime Systems seeks a Senior Research Scientist to assist with the design and scale of our novel low voltage electrochemical technology. This contributor will be responsible for improving and scaling our electrochemical technologies as well as assisting with operating, monitoring, and evaluating our scaled system.  As a member of Sublime Systems’ small but growing team, the Senior Research Scientist will work closely with the company’s leadership 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. This role will focus on electrochemical design, scaling, validation, and optimization. The position is expected to be hands-on, with a significant amount of time spent engaging in lab testing. The Senior Research Scientist is expected to become an intellectual leader within Sublime’s technical team. The ideal candidate will be independent, results-driven, ambitious, organized, and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment. 

Sublime Systems is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer
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Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with the design and scale-up of our novel electrochemical system  
  • Operating and monitoring laboratory and pilot-scale electrochemical systems 
  • Devising and implementing strategies to improve electrochemical performance 
  • Prioritizing and organizing the team’s research activities 
  • 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 
  • Writing white papers, reports, and patents 
  • Fostering Sublime Systems’ reputation by delivering innovative solutions 
  • Helping to develop a supportive, innovative, and dynamic company culture 
  • Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • B.S. or M.S. in chemical engineering, electrical engineering, chemistry, or a related field, plus 8 or more years of relevant work experience, OR Ph.D. plus 3 or more years of relevant work experience. 
  • Candidates with industrial experience designing and/or operating pilot scale electrochemical systems are preferred. 
  • Deep knowledge of aqueous electrochemical design including electrical and mechanical design considerations. 
  • Ability to select, design, and/or apply tools and techniques to measure electrochemical performance. 
  • Experience managing up to three employees 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. 
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