Pilot Plant Analytical Technician

Somerville, MA /
Engineering – Mineral Processing /
Full Time
/ On-site
Background & Overview
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.

Position Overview
This is an exciting opportunity to transform how the world makes cement. Sublime Systems seeks a creative and dynamic Pilot Plant Technician to support installation, start-up, and operations of our first pilot plant. The technician will be central to executing, improving upon, and maintaining procedures that enable reliable plant operation. As a member of Sublime Systems’ small but growing team the right individual will be a key resource in the scale up of Sublime’s technology.

The role will initially focus on the development of the design, installation, troubleshooting, and operation of Sublime’s pilot facility.  This role is expected to be hands-on, with a significant amount of time spent engaging in pilot scale testing and troubleshooting.  Successful candidates will be results-driven, ambitious, organized, and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities. 

Responsibilities Include

    • Follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and ensure compliance with Sublime’s EH&S protocols
    • Procure, prepare, and run a variety of samples using designated analytical tools and procedures.  
    • Document daily process and analytical operations
    • Hands-on operation of the pilot plants daily tasks  
    • Perform necessary pre-operation and end of shift activities to ensure proper equipment start-up and operation on multiple pieces of equipment
    • Perform hands-on troubleshooting and repair of electromechanical systems/components
    • Recommend, as well as facilitate installation and assembly of new equipment or tools to increase process efficiency.
    • Manage parts and consumables inventories
    • Maintain pilot plant conditions in a fashion that facilitates cleanliness and productivity

Knowledge & Skill Requirements

    • Associate or BS in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biology, or related field with 0-5 years of experience
    • Experience with routine maintenance on analytical equipment
    • Able to climb ladders, and work on step stools
    • Ability to pay close attention to detail, focusing on accuracy and quality, without losing sight of the bigger picture
    • Ability to wear needed PPE, this may occasionally include full face respirator
    • Balance, perspective, and a good sense of humor

    • The ideal candidate will have:
    • Ability to select, design, and/or apply tools and techniques for physical and chemical characterization of solids and aqueous solutions.
    • Experience working with a verity of analytical equipment. Such as but not limited to:
    • Auto-titration, pH probe calibration, TGA, NMR, Chromatography, Mass Spec, Laser Diffraction, UV-vis, etc.
    • Ability to master existing analytical tools and protocols while proactively seeking out new methods to improve upon them.   
    • A strong sense for chemical safety, organization, and attention to detail.
    • Ability to make keen observations on process anomalies, recommend process improvements, and articulate findings.
    • Ability to troubleshoot equipment. 
Sublime Systems is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Research suggests that qualified people from historically marginalized groups may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.
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