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Senior Scientist- Electrochemist



Boulder, CO, USA
Posted on Friday, July 28, 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 Senior Scientist on the Development Engineering team, you will be leading and designing technical development of Electra’s novel electrochemical cells. In this role you will:

  • Lead project teams and design and conduct lab-scale experiments to increase our fundamental understanding of electrochemical cell components and process parameters.
  • Guide the team on technical methods or approach.
  • Identify new approaches to improving cell performance.
  • Collaborate with other teams on technical development to inform scale-up and integration with other processes.
  • Use advanced metrology equipment to characterize materials and cell components.
  • Critically analyze, interpret, and communicate research findings to the broader team.
  • Train and mentor junior team members as well as provide technical insights to other teams or leaders as needed.

What we need you to bring to the team:

  • A PhD in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, or related field AND 1 year of experience; or Master’s degree in a related field AND 4 years of experience; or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field AND 6 years of experience.
  • Strong theoretical knowledge of electrochemistry fundamentals.
  • Strong practical knowledge of electrochemical cell design and component interactions.
  • Familiarity with electrochemical measurement techniques (potentiometry, cyclic voltammetry, impedance spectroscopy, etc.) and use of associated instrumentation.
  • The ability to plan, execute, delegate, and prioritize research and development projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

What we want you to bring to the team:

  • Experience working with at least one of the following: flow battery, metal battery, fuel cell, or electrolyzer, or electrodeposition technologies.
  • 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 in the field of industrial electrochemistry.
  • Opportunity to develop novel electrochemical processes and support a wide variety of projects.
  • Opportunity to work with a first-class science & engineering team.
  • The ability to share your perspectives and opinions in a hyper-collaborate environment.


  • The anticipated starting pay range for this position is $100,000 - $150,000 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