Senior Research Scientist - Inorganic Materials

San Francisco, CA

Posted: 03/13/2023 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 95.23DH Experience:

Job Description

Senior Research Scientist – Inorganic Materials

Great research opportunity with a very well-funded start-up company dedicated to solving the climate crisis!  Company has grown to 80 people already and has great benefits!

This role will be focused on understanding the chemical kinetics and particle morphology changes during high temperature thermal decomposition of minerals.  Longer term, an agile researcher will get the opportunity to work on many other physical and chemical aspects on the company’s process, so an interest and commitment to hands-on technical work is key.

As part of our research team, you will work towards understanding and characterizing the process of mineral carbonation and/or regeneration of our materials.  Examination will include deciphering kinetics over a variety of reaction environments while testing different concepts and methods for our cycling process.  You will share and drive exploratory research and development phases as well as translate key carbonation and regeneration concepts into metrics for hardware development.  Your work has the potential to directly shape our fight against climate change.

  • Design experiments to characterize formation and decomposition kinetics of carbonates in different reaction environments, working directly with a team of scientists and engineers
  • Expand possibilities of our process to new feedstocks and in new environments
  • Study and enhance the carbonation and regeneration process of carbonate minerals by optimizing our proprietary techniques and developing new ones
  • Construct geochemical and geophysical frameworks of the scientific truth underlying our process
  • Develop and validate phenomenological, kinetic, and reactor models
  • Design and perform analytical testing using a variety of methodologies to assess carbonation and/or regeneration performance
  • Use experimental results to develop and communicate key metrics for process and hardware development
  • Fundamental design and experimentation on novel reactor systems
  • Collect, interpret, and analyze data, compile results, and prepare reports
  • Work as a part of a team of world-class scientists and engineers to execute on our development plans, with an urgency rooted in the importance of our mission

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Devin Heffernan at

JO:  95.23DH

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of relevant research experience within a laboratory environment, and an advanced degree in either Science (Geochemistry, Geology, Chemistry, Physics, Electrochemistry, or related field), Engineering/Applied Science (Chemical, Process, Materials Engineering, or related field), or equivalent practical experience
  • Expertise in mineral decomposition kinetics
  • Expertise in particle morphology characterization
  • Extensive experience working in a lab environment (3+ years)
  • Deep understanding of reaction mechanisms
  • Experience designing and autonomously executing experiments
  • Experience with designing lab-scale experimental setups
  • Robust data analysis abilities (statistical analysis)
  • Phenomenological modeling (e.g., transport, reactions)
  • Working knowledge of materials characterization techniques (including surface characterization and reactivity analyses)
  • Proficient to excellent in Python

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Devin Heffernan at

JO:  95.23DH1


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