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Process Design Engineer

Noya

Noya

Design
Oakland, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024

About Noya:

Noya is reversing climate change by removing CO2 from the atmosphere. We’re a scrappy team of engineers, scientists, and operators taking on the biggest problem anybody could be working on. We’ve developed a process that leverages abundant materials to remove CO2 directly from the air with dramatically lower capital and operating expenses than other approaches.

About the Role:

As a Process Design Engineer at Noya, your role is central to our groundbreaking initiative to accelerate the world toward carbon negativity. You will be instrumental in developing and optimizing the CO2 extraction and purification processes that power our core technology, directly contributing to our innovative carbon capture processes. This position is not just about engineering; it’s about pushing the boundaries of what’s possible to create a sustainable future. We are on the lookout for someone who is not only technically skilled but also passionate about making a real difference in the battle against climate change. You will be working in a multidisciplinary team, where collaboration is key to innovating and solving complex challenges. Your work will directly impact our ability to capture carbon efficiently and effectively, making every day an opportunity to contribute to a greener planet.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement testing protocols to evaluate the properties of new and currently-employed materials to optimize CO2 capture capacities and economic viability

  • Lead process and instrumentation design to build of our novel CO2 capture approach from benchtop and scale-ups all the way to pilot plants

  • Ensure all processes and designs comply with relevant regulatory standards and prioritize safety protocols throughout all stages of development and implementation

  • Turn models into fully developed piping and instrumentation diagrams for process builds - work with vendors to design, size, and procure operational equipment

  • Use computational modeling techniques (e.g. ASPEN, Unisim, etc.) to create unit operation and flow sheet designs

  • Develop techno-economic assessments for existing and incumbent processes, and use these models to inform R&D targets, company objectives, future products, and research directions

  • Conduct literature reviews and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in chemical engineering, and direct air capture

  • Collaborate with the research and engineering teams at Noya to run experiments, integrate new materials into our process design, build new systems and infrastructure, test new compounds and approaches, and create comprehensive reports for management - this will include writing patents and technology transfer documents

  • Emphasize quality, innovation, and sustainability in all research and development activities, aligning with Noya’s mission towards carbon negativity

Required Experience:

  • A degree in chemical engineering, industrial engineering, or process engineering

  • Prior exposure to process controls design and implementation

  • Skills with ASPEN or other model builder

  • Experience in pilot plant construction or other hands-on process building

  • A strong foundation in collaborative, multidisciplinary work environments, with the ability to engage effectively across different technical domains

  • A passion for sustainability and the drive to make a significant impact on the environment

Bonus Experience:

  • Innovative thinking and the ability to approach problems creatively

  • Eagerness to be part of a dynamic, fast-paced team working on cutting-edge technology

  • Adaptability to take on varied responsibilities in a rapidly evolving field

  • CO2 purification & compression processes

General Information:

  • Job title: Process Design Engineer

  • Team: Chemical and Materials Engineering

  • Location: Oakland, CA

  • Compensation: $115,000 - $157,000

Benefits You Can Expect:

  • Blue Shield and Kaiser medical plans, plus 100% employer-sponsored dental, vision, life and LTD coverage

  • Generous stock option compensation

  • 401(k) with company match

  • PTO including 13 paid holidays throughout the year

  • Healthy snacks and lunch from local restaurants

  • Paid parental leave

  • Supportive commuter benefits

  • Amazing workplace to build first-of-a-kind Direct Air Capture technology, close to West Oakland coffee shops and restaurants

  • The opportunity to work towards an impactful mission in the climate space

Noya is an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to building a diverse team that reflects a broad range of backgrounds, thought, and experiences. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, status as an individual with a disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected characteristic. Women, people of color, and people from underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.