Senior Process Engineer (Pyro)

Oakland, CA
Engineering /
Full Time /
Company Overview

Founded in 2019, Brimstone developed a breakthrough process to decarbonize cement production, one of the leading drivers of climate change. Our team is now scaling up to refine our process further and to build our first production facilities. We’re assembling an all-star group of sharp, mission-driven, collaborative individuals who take pride in using their diverse skills to contribute to a better world.

If this sounds like you, join us in helping to solve the most urgent, important challenge facing the world today (and have a blast while doing it!).

Job Brief
The Senior Process Engineer on the Pyrometallurgy team will be responsible for all aspects related to calculations, design, manufacturing, operation, optimization and troubleshooting of pyrometallurgical unit operations. This position reports to the Senior Manager Engineering, Pyrometallurgy. Periodic travel will be required for this role.

This role is based in Oakland, California and can be worked as an on-site/hybrid position.

Key Focus Areas of the role may include:

    • Reactor design for heterogeneous reaction systems, including gas-solid and multicomponent solid-liquid-gas reactors
    • Assist with process development and engineering design, including formulating process flow diagrams and piping & instrumentation diagrams
    • Design, operation and optimization of pyrometallurgical unit operations
    • Assess materials of construction, including for corrosive and hazardous liquids, gasses, and solids and for high-temperature (>600°C) systems
    • Perform technical communications such as verbal presentations, Powerpoint slideshows, technical write-ups, and reports
    • Evaluate and administer contracts with vendors for the provision of services and equipment
    • Strongly and decisively contribute to and lead design, selection, fabrication and operation of pyrometallurgical units
    • Troubleshoot equipment, improve process and product quality
    • Plan and execute testwork and pilot campaigns in coordination with cross-functional teams

For this role, we’re looking for:

    • Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD degree in Chemical Engineering or equivalent
    • 7+ years of engineering experience
    • Deep understanding of chemical engineering fundamentals: heat transfer, mass transfer, fluid mechanics, chemical kinetics, thermodynamic analysis, mass and energy balance, unit operation design
    • Experience with design and engineering of novel processes (pilot plant, demonstration plant, and commercial plant)
    • Experience with high temperature reactions (>600°C)
    • Experience with equipment such as rotary kiln, fluidized bed, spray roaster, furnaces, or similar
    • Relevant experience with experimental design, reaction engineering, equipment design, inorganic process chemistry, material handling and conveying, offgas cleanup and emission control
    • Familiarity with process control and instrumentation, control narrative and P&ID development
    • Ability to travel up to 10% of the time

Additional skills that are preferred but not required:

    • Background in modeling and simulation of complex chemical processes
    • Simulation software tools such as Aspen Plus for heat and mass balance calculations
    • Experience in contributing to or conducting HAZOP sessions
    • Project management skills and related tools

Compensation, Benefits, and Perks

    • Salary range for this role is $140,000 - 175,000 per year
    • Company equity
    • 401k retirement plan with 3% company contribution
    • Medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents
    • Mental health benefits
    • Generous paid time off policy
    • 12-weeks of parental leave
    • A fun, diverse, and talented team focused on making the biggest impact possible on climate change
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