Process Engineer

Los Angeles or Houston /
Technology /
Full-time
Design a first-of-a-kind facility to unlock hydrogen and carbon removal from Earth's abundant wood waste.

We are creating new technologies that remove carbon from the air and produce hydrogen.
We make uniquely integrated gasification plants to sell hydrogen for replacing fossil fuels and carbon for utilization/storage. Our innovation begins with wood waste pretreatment and extends throughout system design. To learn more, visit motehydrogen.com.

As a Process Engineer at Mote, you will help develop the next generation of technologies for Mote’s carbon removal facilities, which gasify woody waste biomass and convert it to hydrogen for transportation and CO2 for geologic storage. Working with Mote’s Technology team and reporting to the Chief Technology Officer, you will design, evaluate, and innovate on Mote’s process. You will build and run the primary process model used to evaluate design choices and technology innovations for Mote’s system. You will apply modeling and your understanding of the system and component technologies to support Mote’s staff in deploying a demonstration plant and on designing future facilities. 

Roles and Responsibilities

    • Design an end-to-end model of Mote’s biomass gasification-to-hydrogen process (based on Mote’s existing process flow sheets) in a software environment (e.g., Aspen Plus, UniSim, or ChemCAD)
    • Working with Mote’s Technology team, apply the model to provide heat and material balances, compare design choices, optimize operational parameters, and guide technology development
    • Identify opportunities for heat integration, efficiency improvement, carbon intensity improvement, capital cost reduction, and other innovations on Mote’s existing process flow.
    • Co-author patents, internal reports, and occasional peer-reviewed articles.
    • Assist Mote staff on technical aspects of permit applications, financial models, and business development.
    • Work with research partners at National Labs and universities on early stage development questions.
    • Work creatively to meet company needs and identify opportunities to achieve Mote’s goal: removing gigatons of CO2 from the atmosphere.

Qualifications

    • Masters degree or higher in engineering or a related field
    • Fluency in process engineering software (e.g., Aspen Plus, UniSim, or ChemCAD)
    • 2+ years of experience as a process engineer in industry or a PhD involving process simulation
    • Domain expertise in energy systems
    • Experience working effectively in a multi-disciplinary team

Preferred Qualifications

    • Domain expertise in one or more of: gasification, thermo-chemical processing, bioenergy, gas processing, CO2 capture, CO2 utilization and storage
    • Experience in process engineering for energy projects
    • Experience with techno-economic and techno-environmental analysis of energy technologies
Benefits
    • Compensation commensurate with experience
    • Health, dental, and vision insurance
    • 401(k)
    • Flexible work schedule and vacation time

Duty location
This position can be based in Los Angeles or Houston. Remote work and flexible hours are negotiable. We respect personal and family needs. Relocation assistance is available.

Our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
Mote is committed to bringing together individuals from different backgrounds and perspectives. We strive to create an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive, feel a sense of belonging, and do great work together. Mote is an Equal Opportunity Employer, providing equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals. We recruit, hire and promote into all job levels the most qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), parental status, age, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, transgender status, sexual orientation, marital, family or partnership status, political affiliation or activities, military service, domestic violence victim status, arrest/conviction record, sexual or reproductive health decisions, caregiver status, credit history, immigration status, unemployment status, traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to hair texture and protective hairstyles or any other status protected under applicable federal, state and local laws.

Mote's commitment to providing equal employment opportunities extends to all aspects of employment, including job assignment, compensation, discipline and access to benefits and training.

We respect the laws enforced by the EEOC and are dedicated to going above and beyond in fostering diversity across our company.