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Sr. Electrochemical Development Engineer



At this time x/44 operates under the umbrella of the Institute for Carbon Management (ICM), which is a cross-campus technology-translation entity at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). ICM translates pioneering carbon management solutions from the (laboratory) bench-scale to pre-commercial/commercial-scale devices, prototypes, and (software) solutions. ICM's activities span two major focus areas:

  1. Technologies for carbon dioxide removal (from the atmosphere), utilization, and avoidance, and

  2. Technologies for creating new supply chains, and processing approaches for critical materials and elements (e.g., Li, Ni, Co, Mn, Mo) that are foundational to accelerating the clean energy transition, as well as reducing the carbon footprint of extractive processes.


ICM is organized into action teams that are convergent, agile, and world-class. Prominently, these action teams have enabled ICM-born technologies to be awarded the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, and the 2021 Liveability Challenge, among others. ICM's technologies are now being commercialized via spin-out companies including CarbonBuilt Inc., Concrete-AI Inc., and SeaChange Inc.


ICM is seeking an experienced innovator to join its latest cutting-edge action team with the potential for carbon removal at a global scale. This position will develop, and ultimately commercialize, a novel electrochemical reactor capable of removing 1 tonne of CO2 per day. The ideal candidate seeks project ownership and desires growing a technology from prototype to functional pilot plant. The position will collaborate closely with a team of dedicated individuals who are impact-driven and results-focused.


  • Own electrochemical reactor design and scale-up

  • Optimize architecture, materials selection, and operating parameters of the reactor

  • Design and execute technical evaluations to improve reactor efficiency

  • Develop bench- and field-scale prototypes to inform electrochemical reactor requirements Establish accelerated testing protocols to optimize reactor cycle life and durability

  • Identify and effectively communicate barriers and bottlenecks 



  • B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in Chemical or Materials Engineering, or similar field

  • 5+ years of experience in chemical, energy, or other relevant industry

  • Experience with electrolyzers, electrodialysis, membrane electrode assemblies (MEA), flow cells or similar technologies

  • Prior experience developing technologies from bench- to device-scale

  • A self-starter who collaborates effectively, communicates clearly, and drives progress

  • Advocate for first-principles based design, with expertise in electrochemical processes


  • Experience selecting electrode materials, membrane separators, and electrolyte compositions

  • Comfortable in SolidWorks, AutoCAD, or similar software

  • Passionate about carbon management solutions



The University of California undertakes affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity for minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for covered veterans. University policy is intended to be consistent with the provisions of applicable State and Federal laws. Inquiries regarding the University's equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the UCLA Staff Diversity and AA/EEO Compliance Office (310) 794-0691 or email at


If you meet the above requirements and are interested in this position, please provide (as PDFs): a detailed resume and a short personal statement explaining your relevant experience and interests. Click the APPLY FOR THIS JOB button above. 

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