Research Engineer, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

California University of Technology
Pasadena, California, United States
30 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
28 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The Caltech-led Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) seeks an experienced and motivated chemist or materials scientist to join the high throughput materials discovery group. JCAP is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy to research, develop, and implement techniques and devices to produce chemical fuels from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. As the largest basic research program in solar fuels, JCAP houses state-of-the-art facilities and a diverse team of scientists and engineers that push the frontier of materials and chemistry research. For more information visit the JCAP web site at
The high throughput experimentation group has established the most prolific materials discovery pipeline to date and is actively expanding its efforts in the (photo)electro catalytic reduction of carbon dioxide. Team members work in a highly collaborative environment including engineers and experimentalists who interact with theorists and computer scientists to adopt and advance the integration of theory and machine learning in experimental investigations. The team seeks an experienced chemist or materials scientist to both develop instrumentation for catalyst screening for carbon dioxide reduction and utilize the suite of high throughput capabilities to discover new (photo)electro catalysts. In the cover letter, applicants should clearly demonstrate their technical aptitude, critical thinking, passion for discovery, and appreciation for team science. The successful candidate will reside at the Caltech site and will report directly to the principal investigator of the high throughput experimentation group.

Job Duties

  • Work with the engineering team to develop high throughput screening of carbon dioxide reduction catalysts
  • Develop high throughput analytical chemistry techniques, in particular chromatography methods for characterizing carbon dioxide reduction products
  • Design instruments and operation protocols to minimize required user time and ensure maximal up-time
  • Work closely with the pipeline development team to construct, implement, and commission data communication systems for new instruments
  • Characterize catalyst libraries to identify chemistry-activity trends and advance understanding of newly discovered catalysts
  • Participate in team effort to design, synthesize, screen, characterize and understand (photo)electro catalysts for solar fuels applications
  • Publish research results in peer-review journals

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific or engineering discipline
  • Experience with industrial scientific instrumentation
  • One year experience with academic or industrial research of heterogeneous electro catalysts
  • One year experience with gas and/or liquid chromatography
  • Excellent communication skills to work effectively with scientists, engineers and technicians in a team-oriented environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters or PhD in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or related field
  • Three or more years experience with gas and/or liquid chromatography, including development of separations methods
  • Experience with mass spectroscopy
  • Experience with materials characterization including x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
  • Experience with design of catalysts
  • Experience with computational chemistry
  • Experience with statistical analysis and computer programming
  • Five or more years experience with academic or industrial research of heterogeneous electro catalysts

Supervisory position? No

Posting Detail Information

Posting Open Date 11/21/2016
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.