Chemical Engineer

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  • Salary:

    Up to $100,000 dependant on experience

  • Contact:

    Heidi Thomas

  • Published:

    about 2 years ago

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  • Client:

    Upstart Power, Inc

Upstart Power Inc was founded in July 2017 with the purpose of making small scale Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems a commercial reality. In 2018 we completed the acquisition of the SOFC business from Ballard Power Systems, introduced our concept system and signed distribution and supplier agreements.   2020 promises to be a very exciting year for us, we have finalized a material investment in the business, our field trials are exceeding our expectations, we are on track to get our systems fully certified and are excited to launch our overseas field trials in the second half of the year.   

All of this momentum means that we are looking to expand our team.  If you are creative, have a passion for solving problems and are inspired by the idea of reducing society’s reliance on fossil fuels then please get in touch, we’d love to talk to you.   


  • Work as part of a team to develop SOFC systems 
  • Test and analysis of SOFC subsystems 
  • Operate and maintain essential lab equipment  


  • Work closely with colleagues on the development and production of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems and subcomponents 

  • Design and conduct short- and long-term testing on SOFC subsystems including fuel cell stacks, reformers, de-sulfurizers and gas composition analysis 

  • Assume technical responsibility for chemical analytical equipment including Gas Chromatograph and Mass/IR Spectrometer 

  • Perform mass and energy balances to aid product design and development 

  • Develop process flow diagrams and piping & instrumentation diagrams 

  • This position combines designing experiments, data & analytical analysis, report writing and data presentations 


  • Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering (required)  

  • Advanced degree in Chemical (or similar) Engineering (preferred)  

  • 2-5 years of work experience  

  • Strong understanding of reaction engineering and chemical thermodynamics 

  • Strong interest in designing and running experiments 

  • Prior experience with hydrocarbon fuel reforming systems (preferred) 

  • Prior experience with the operation of analytical equipment including gas chromatograph and mass spectrometer (preferred) 

  • Aptitude for documentation and data analysis 

  • Aptitude for hands-on experimental work 


  • BUILD – You naturally think for the long term, setting solid foundations on which a sustainable business can be built.     

  • PLAN – You like to plan your work, but are flexible and adaptable when things change  

  • THINK – You like to be busy, but remember to take time out to reflect