Breakthrough Energy Ventures Portfolio Company Career Opportunities

Senior Control Systems Engineer



Software Engineering
Boulder, CO, USA
Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Who we are:

Electra is electrifying ironmaking to decarbonize steelmaking and eliminate 3.7 gigatons or 10% of global CO2 emissions. Leveraging proven industrial-scale electrochemical and hydrometallurgical processes, and backed by leading sustainability-focused venture capitalists, our team is developing lower cost, scalable solutions utilizing intermittent renewable energy to forge a cleaner, greener future for the trillion-dollar steel industry.

With a uniquely collaborative culture, endless passion for developing disruptive technologies, and the opportunity to revolutionize carbon-intensive manufacturing industries, careers at Electra offer challenge, reward, and the chance to bring to market solutions that dramatically improve the health of the planet.

What you will do:

As a Systems Engineer, you will focus on designing and building data acquisition and process control systems for chemical processing. These systems will integrate instrumentation, controls, plumbing, fluid power, and solids handling to enable novel electrochemical and metallurgical processes for steel production. In this role you will:

  • Manage the electrical design, fabrication, and commissioning of automated equipment.
  • Develop, troubleshoot, and maintain instrumentation, control systems, and electrical equipment at a pilot scale
  • Program PLCs and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems
  • Develop chemical process systems from concepts to fully functional prototypes
  • Specify and source appropriate process equipment and instrumentation to meet system design requirements
  • Collaborate with team members to define requirements for design of test infrastructure and commercial prototypes
  • Interface with vendors, supply chain team, and other 3rd parties as needed to identify manufacturers and solutions that meet the team’s needs
  • Troubleshoot electrochemical systems and perform root cause analyses to improve existing systems

What we need you to bring to the team:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in electrical, mechanical, chemical, or controls engineering
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working on process control and data acquisition
  • Familiarity with high voltage and low voltage electrical design and troubleshooting
  • Experience designing, programming, commissioning, and troubleshooting control and data acquisition systems
  • Experience with instrumentation such as temperature, pressure, level, weight, and flow
  • Knowledge of industrial automation communication protocols such as Modbus, Profibus, Ethernet, RS485, etc.
  • High level programming experience in Python, JavaScript, C/C++, or equivalent.
  • Familiarity with electrical safety.
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Able to handle and prioritize multiple projects at one time
  • The ability to adapt quickly to changing processes and responsibilities
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

What we want you to bring to the team:

  • Familiarity with chemical process systems
  • Experience working with electrochemical or hydrometallurgical processes
  • Familiarity with fluid power systems (pumps, valves, heat exchange equipment, etc.)
  • Experience in a pilot-plant or development environment
  • Experience or the desire to be in a dynamic startup environment
  • A critical thinking mindset and focus on finding answers
  • A desire to challenge yourself and take on increasing responsibilities as the company grows

What’s in it for you:

  • Career growth
  • Opportunity to develop new processes and build
  • Opportunity to support a wide variety of projects
  • Recognition and appreciation
  • The ability to share your perspectives and opinions in a hyper-collaborative environment


  • The anticipated starting pay range for this position is $90,000 - $120,000 annually and may be more or less depending upon skills, experience, and education.

Benefits For You:

  • 100% paid premiums across all medical, dental, vision, telemedicine, short-term disability, long-term disability, and basic life insurance plans
  • Unlimited PTO
  • $1,800 in annual employer HSA contributions (health savings account)

Benefits For Your Family:

  • 100% paid premiums across all medical, dental, vision, and telemedicine plans
  • $3,600 in annual employer HSA contributions (health savings account)
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave and flexible return-to-work options

Benefits For Your Future:

  • 401k with up to 5% matching contributions which vest 100% on day one
  • Eligibility for incentive stock options