DIRECTOR OF MATERIALS RESEARCH & ENGINEERING

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Chatsworth, CA

Job Type

Full time

About the Role

The successful individual will be responsible for building and directing the Materials Research & Engineering team to meet the company's needs, in particular, developing a solid plan of how to translate a research tool/capability into an industry product pipeline for commercial uses. Specifically, the candidate must be able to both discover new leads for electro-chemical compounds and develop those into commercial products, and also to utilize leads discovered by others to find and evolve better compounds.

Experiences and qualifications: the candidate must be a Ph.D in electrochemistry or chemical engineering with background in electro-catalyst research and development; have 8+ years experiences in the field, such as fuel cells, batteries and related chemistry/physics engineering, and proven leadership capabilities and independent problem solving ability.

Requirements

H2U Technologies, inc is seeking a highly motivated, experienced and energetic individual to lead its high throughput catalyst discovery activities for discovery and development of novel catalysts for water electrolysis - a cornerstone technology of the new hydrogen economy.

H2U’s platform technologies are based on the R&D performed at Caltech, under the program of JCAP-HTE project. Specifically, key technology and IP involve the capabilities of (i) synthesizing (ink-jet printing, PVD and annealing at various temperatures and environment gases), (ii) screening (wet, electrochemical tests for catalytic activities and stabilities), and (iii) characterizing (XPS, SEM, XRD, ICP-MS...) material libraries, using combinatorial chemistry approach and high throughput tools. In addition, H2U will continue building and expanding current materials database and its tool systems for mining and predicting novel compounds using AI.

The successful individual will be responsible for building and directing the Materials Research & Engineering team to meet the company's needs, in particular, developing a solid plan of how to translate a research tool/capability into an industry product pipeline for commercial uses. Specifically, the candidate must be able to both discover new leads for electro-chemical compounds and develop those into commercial products, and also to utilize leads discovered by others to find and evolve better compounds.

Experiences and qualifications: the candidate must be a Ph.D in electrochemistry or chemical engineering with background in electro-catalyst research and development; have 8+ years experiences in the field, such as fuel cells, batteries and related chemistry/physics engineering, and proven leadership capabilities and independent problem solving ability.

Requirements
  • Strong technical leadership skills.

  • Extensive experience (10 years desired) in hiring and managing scientists and researchers, especially in the materials and physical chemistry fields.

  • Demonstrated ability to evolve research into commercially engineered products.

  • Proven track record of superior experimental work in chemistry and/or electro-chemistry with notable publications.

  • Entrepreneurial instincts and track record of leading new initiatives with limited resources and support

  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills, knowledge and experience with AI tools and systems, and ability to use data and metrics for making predictions and decisions

  • Resolve conflict productively across teams including engineering, legal, finance, sales and operations

  • PhD degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or Physics

Requirements
  • Strong technical leadership skills.

  • Extensive experience (10 years desired) in hiring and managing scientists and researchers, especially in the materials and physical chemistry fields.

  • Demonstrated ability to evolve research into commercially engineered products.

  • Proven track record of superior experimental work in chemistry and/or electro-chemistry with notable publications.

  • Entrepreneurial instincts and track record of leading new initiatives with limited resources and support

  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills, knowledge and experience with AI tools and systems, and ability to use data and metrics for making predictions and decisions

  • Resolve conflict productively across teams including engineering, legal, finance, sales and operations

  • PhD degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or Physics

About the Company

Our company is co-founded by Motus Ventures and H2U Chief Scientific Advisor, Dr Nathan Lewis, the George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology. Nate was the founding Director and Scientific Director of JCAP - the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, at Caltech, where he was the Principal Investigator on the winning $122M award from DOE for research and study of groundbreaking catalysts for clean hydrogen generation.

H2U Technologies aims to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy by making real the promise of a clean energy future powered by hydrogen. Our work drives innovation in green hydrogen across many industries including transportation, power generation, steel, chemicals, agriculture, and others.

To aid in the development of a scalable, cost-effective, green hydrogen future, H2U Technologies innovates best in class products and services with our pioneering electrocatalyst discovery technology combined with the manufacturing of a new generation of electrolyzers.

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