JTEC is always looking for great technical minds to join our team. We are a startup company, so the ideal candidate will be flexible, energetic,  and ready to pitch in where needed. Submit resumes to careers@jtecenergy.com.
 

Senior Research Scientist

For selected technologies, is responsible for Research & Development (R&D) plans & policies along with assisting in determining the company goals & policies, and in defining the products to develop.  Develops, defines, & conducts the experiments to achieve goals.  May lead other Research Scientists &/or scientific teams.  

Requirements:

  • BS & MS degree in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, or related discipline.
  • Five+ years hands on experience, preferably applied engineering research management.
  • Knowledge of methods used to research/analyze potential engineering/scientific solutions, develop test plans, and implement development/manufacturing projects.
  • Knowledge of applied research and product development/ management activities.
  • Knowledge of computer systems.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with customers & company personnel, both verbally and in writing.
  • Flexibility to work in a fast-paced startup company with little supervision.
  • Willingness to roll up your sleeves and jump in.

Preferred:

  • Ph.D.
  • 10+ years’ experience
  • Knowledge or Experience working with patent applications and management
  • Experience in electrochemical characterization for fuel cell electrodes and catalyst/electrolyte interfaces.
  • Experience in organic synthesis, polymer synthesis, polymer blending/composite;
  • Experience in the synthesis of nanostructured carbon-based materials, non-precious metal catalysts, or similar materials;
  • Experience in the synthesis of metal nanoparticles, including alloys, core-shell, and intermetallics;
  • Experience in electrochemical device testing including PEMFC, AEMFC, and redox flow cell;
  • Familiarity with analytical instrumentation including but not limited to SEM, TEM, BET, XRD, XPS, XRF, NMR, Raman, FTIR, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy and
  • Knowledge or Experience in mathematical modeling;
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and organize assignments so that schedules are met on time.
  • Flexibility to work in a fast-paced startup company with little supervision; willingness to roll up your sleeves and jump in.
 

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Short and long-range research and design of the product including feasibility of associated manufacturing processes. Coordinate with other company personnel.
  • Maintain familiarity with relevant current & future technologies, developments & concepts.  Transition feasible research concepts to Engineering for development & fab of prototypes.
  • Maintain active interactions with Business Development to identify product development opportunities wherein the company’s technology can be implemented in innovative ways to maintain a preeminent leadership position in its markets.
  • Recommend the type and size of the research labor force, their required capital equipment, and plant area necessary to achieve project objectives.  Manage & supervise R&D personnel.
  • Implement R&D services (e.g., proposals preparation, product & process design/development, test/evaluations, failure analysis, process analyses/specifications).
  • Responsible for the provision of R&D services, including in-house technical services & subcontracted efforts.  Liaise with Engineering to assess state-of-the-art design technology that is applicable to product development.  Seek & maintain responsive technical communications with potential customers in coordination with Business Development.
  • Ensure services are provided to in-house & outside customers in accordance with contract requirements and budgeted objectives.
  • Implement improvements to R&D operations (i.e., via computerization, changes in procedures, etc.) to improve effectiveness, efficiency, and reduce costs.
  • May serve as R&D liaison with customers, suppliers, & government agencies.  Ensure that R&D operations are carried out in accordance with laws/regulations of this & other countries.  Develop & implement short & long-range budgets based upon company goals & growth objectives directed by management.

Electrical Engineer 

JTEC Energy is commercializing the Johnson Thermo-Electrochemical Converter, an invention that turns waste heat directly into electricity more efficiently than any other device on the market. We are looking for a creative, hands-on Electrical Engineer who is excited about developing a new method to produce Clean Energy. The Electrical Engineer will work with other team members, including Materials Engineers, Chemists, Chemical Engineers, Mechanical Engineers and Aerospace Engineers to develop robust, reliable implementations of the JTEC device.  This position includes both high-level design and hands-on wiring, measurement, testing, and reporting. JTEC Energy is a startup; the EE position affords the right engineer the ability to bring to life a truly exciting and world-changing invention.  

Responsibilities:

  • Designing and implementing the electrical systems and circuitry to most efficiently generate, harness and transport the electricity from the JTEC. This includes not just the electrical system design/wiring of the models, but also working with Chemists and Materials Engineers to determine the makeup, interaction, and efficiency of the materials and components used in the device.
  • Developing designs and prototypes; testing, fine-tuning, and building large-scale working production models.
  • Keeping detailed logs and reports of their findings.
  • Maintaining an aggressive schedule.
  • Estimating costs and sourcing materials to find cost savings.
 

Requirements:

  • BS in Electrical Engineering or Electronics Engineering.
  • Five+ years practical, hands-on experience with electrical systems and circuitry.
  • Knowledge of computer systems, including CAD.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with customers & company personnel, both verbally and in writing.
  • Flexibility to work in a fast-paced startup company with little supervision.
  • Willingness to roll up your sleeves and jump in.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and organize assignments so that schedules are met on time.
  • Experience with and respect for laboratory safety measures.
  • Willingness to keep lab space neat, clean, and organized.

Preferred:

  • Experience in electrochemical characterization for fuel cell electrodes and catalyst/electrolyte interfaces.
  • Experience in electrochemical device testing including PEMFC, AEMFC, and redox flow cell.

Materials Engineer (Ceramics, Metals or Polymers)

Responsible for designing, sourcing, and testing multifunctional, long-lifetime device components which operate at various temperatures (200 -1000°C) exposed to reactive gas atmospheres. Particular focus will be on implementing and testing refractory materials to develop sealed hermetic devices that maintain functionality under large temperature gradients. A deep working knowledge of the chemical and mechanical properties of refractory metals and ceramics operating in this temperature regime, as well as a deep understanding of how different fabrication processes ultimately influence materials properties, is a requirement. Experience with protective coatings and diffusion barriers, including their fabrication, design, and optimization, is a plus. You will be responsible for pushing the boundaries of materials limits, designing novel test equipment and procedures, and working closely with external vendors and internal engineers to procure high quality custom components. You will work in a highly collaborative setting with a team of physicists, chemists, materials scientists, engineers, and technicians. You will need the flexibility to work in a fast-paced startup company with little supervision, and be willing to roll up your sleeves and jump in.
     

    Requirements:

    • B.S. in Materials Science/Engineering, Metallurgy, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Applied Physics, or related field;
    • Experience in materials applications, material integration under extreme temperature conditions, coatings and/or packaging and encapsulation of vacuum electronics in a commercial/industrial company.
    • Experience with materials intended to maintain mechanical integrity under extreme temperatures and temperature gradients.
    • Experience with methods to join metal-to-metal & metal-to-ceramic, e.g. brazing, diffusion bonding, laser welding, TIG welding, etc.
    • Experience with material characterization and engineering qualification methods for ceramics, refractory metals and alloys, refractory superalloys, refractory carbides and nitrides, and refractory metals.
    • Experience with material characterization and engineering qualification methods for environmental barrier coatings and ultra-high temperature coatings, as well as associated diffusion barriers (thermal or plasma spray, PVD, CVD, etc.)
    • Hands-on experience designing and implementing lifetime and accelerated lifetime testing methods and frameworks for developing long-lifetime, fault-tolerant components under extreme thermal/chemical/mechanical conditions.
    • For Ceramics Materials Engineer - The applicant should have experience in operating various types of laboratory equipment such as mills and compression/tensile test systems. Knowledge of particle size distribution analysis methods is also highly desired. The applicant should have some knowledge of ceramics behavior under extreme conditions as well as tape casting and/or sintering methodologies.
     

    It would be helpful:

    • Masters or PhD in Materials Science/Engineering, Metallurgy, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Applied Physics, or related field
    • Fundamental understanding of materials and metallurgical sciences with hands on experience, including oxidation, diffusion, creep and recrystallization, and high temperature corrosion.
    • Experience with alkali metal and alkali metal salt chemistry and corrosion.
    • Background in high temperature coatings, and experience with material selection for operation in extreme conditions (e.g. combustion, turbines, etc.)
    • Experience designing, prototyping, and testing hermetically sealed vacuum packages for vacuum electronics, accelerometers, high temperature sensors, and/or other devices.
    • Experience using thermochemical simulation software (FactSage, ThermoCalc, DICTRA, COMSOL, etc.) and material property databases for predictive design and materials selection of multimaterial junctions or advanced alloys.
    • Experience with advanced manufacturing methods (3D printing, electrochemical forming, powder metallurgy, etc.)

      Thermal Mechanical Design Engineer

      In this role, you will work closely with an internal team and external development partners and contractors to develop product designs that meet performance, cost, and schedule specifications. You will perform conceptual design and thermal and mechanical analysis (FEA/CFD), prepare design sketches, CAD models, and drawings; select materials; and develop system, subsystem, and component specifications.

        Responsibilities:

        • Perform mechanical design of systems, subsystems, and components
        • Perform first order hand calculations and FEA to model component and subsystem performance, including mechanical stress analysis, thermal and heat transfer analysis, steady-state and transient analysis, etc.
        • Perform tolerance analysis as required to ensure intended assembly performance
        • Utilize laboratory and field test data to validate analytical models
        • Interface closely with multidisciplinary experimental and computational teammates to iterate on designs and validate models
        • Create mechanical drawings for components, subsystems, and assemblies
        • Construct and conduct parametric trade-off studies and communicate results to teammates
        • Play a role in the evaluation, design, and analysis of next-generation designs
           

        Requirements:

        • 3+ years of mechanical design engineering experience in an industrial and/or commercial environment
        • 3+ years experience in the design and analysis of high temperature systems
        • Understanding of heat transfer (conduction, convection, and radiation) and mechanics of materials
        • Experience with high temperature materials and applications
        • New Product Development and Introduction experience
        • Hands-on experience using CAD tools (SolidWorks preferred) in the creation of complex  mechanical models, mechanical drawings, and assembly drawings
        • Excellent problem solving and written and verbal communication skills
        • Ability and enthusiasm to work as part of a highly collaborative, dynamic, and diverse team
        • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or similar
         

        It would be helpful:

        • Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or similar with 5+ years of industry experience or PhD with industry experience
        • Understanding of manufacturing processes used to produce mechanical hardware products and/or experience with DFM/DFA
        • Experience utilizing laboratory and field test data to validate models
        • Familiarity with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) and its application toward the creation of fabrication drawings for mechanical parts
        • Experience working in a startup environment