Breakthrough Energy Ventures Portfolio Company Career Opportunities

Senior Electrochemical Engineer



Other Engineering
Boulder, CO, USA
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2024

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 an Electrochemical Engineer, you will focus on integrated cell and stack level testing supporting scale-up of Electra’s technology and product development. Most of your time will be in the lab prototyping, assembling, testing, and analyzing Electra’s novel electrochemical systems. In this role you will:

  • Assemble novel electrochemical components and cells.
  • Design experimental test campaigns and write and execute tests plans.
  • Screen materials and cell components to evaluate their performance.
  • Critically analyze, interpret, and communicate test findings to the broader Electra team.
  • Lead project teams and train junior team members.
  • Provide technical insight to other teams and leaders as an electrochemical subject matter expert.
  • Collaborate with internal teams, vendors, and outside agencies as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What we need you to bring to the team:

  • A PhD in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, physics, or related field AND 1 year of relevant experience; a Master’s degree in a related field AND 3 years of relevant experience; or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field and 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Hands-on experience in an experimental role working with electrochemical cells such as fuel cells, electrolyzers, batteries, and/or flow batteries.
  • Fundamental engineering knowledge of electrochemistry, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, heat & mass transfer, chemical kinetics, and materials.
  • Familiarity with electrochemical characterization techniques including potentiometry, cyclic voltammetry, impedance spectroscopy, and instrumentation.
  • Experience analyzing experimental data, reaching conclusions, and effectively communicating results.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

What we want you to bring to the team:

  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing processes and responsibilities.
  • A safety-first mindset; share potentials risks with others before they result in hazardous outcomes.
  • Experience in statistical analysis and design of experiments, including knowledge of statistical software packages such as JMP or equivalent.
  • Hands-on experience with general wet chemistries and reactions.
  • Desire to be in a dynamic startup environment.
  • Desire to challenge yourself and take on increasing responsibilities as the company grows.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to stand/sit for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Ability to operate the following equipment and tools: potentiostats, scanning electron microscope (SEM), pumps, and novel electrochemical cells


  • The anticipated starting pay range for this position is $100,000- $130,000 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
  • Reasonable use 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

Benefits For Your Future:

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