R&D Lab Assistant

Somerville, MA
R&D – Cement Development /
Part Time /
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. 

Sublime Systems is seeking multiple R&D Lab Assistants to contribute to the development of our technology. Each R&D Lab Assistant will support laboratory operations to accelerate team progress towards commercializing our decarbonized cement. This role is in-person at Sublime Systems Headquarters (28 Dane St, Somerville, MA 02143). Each R&D Lab Assistant will be expected to work between 15-30 hours per week including 4-6 hr shifts on Saturday, Sunday, and at least two weekdays. The shifts will be during business hours (between 8 AM and 6 PM). The exact time of day and days during the week are flexible depending on candidate availability (either morning or afternoon shifts are possible). Saturday and Sunday shifts are required.

Responsibilities Include:

    • Preparing supplies and materials for testing (e.g. cleaning and assembling cement cube molds, weighing out quantities of cement and other materials)
    • Performing simple measurements and recording data (e.g. using a compression testing machine to measure the strength of cement samples and recording the results)
    • Organizing the R&D laboratory space (e.g. putting away tools, discarding used cement samples, tidying up work benches, sorting and labeling buckets of material)

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

    • High school diploma required
    • Must reliably show up and complete scheduled work shifts
    • Must be able to learn basic laboratory procedures from R&D scientists, follow directions carefully, and pay attention to detail
    • Must work safely in a laboratory environment using materials such as cement and basic R&D laboratory equipment such as a compression testing machine
    • Must have basic computer skills including the ability to accurately enter data into Microsoft Excel spreadsheets
    • Must have strong organizational skills to keep track of assigned tasks using a to do list and to arrange supplies and materials in Sublime’s laboratory
    • Must be proactive and self-motivated
    • Must be able to communicate with colleagues in a clear and professional manner
    • Must be able to lift objects up to 50 lbs
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.

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