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Lead Development Specialist in Adsorption (80-100%)

Zurich, Switzerland
Ready to join a team of visionaries who is dedicated to solving one of humankind’s greatest challenges?

Get to know Climeworks

Climeworks removes CO₂ from the air to fight global warming and protect future generations to come.

We develop, build and operate direct air capture (DAC) machines which capture CO₂ directly from the air. The captured carbon dioxide is removed from the air by safely storing it underground, permanently.

Founded in 2009 by engineers, Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher, Climeworks was built with a mission to inspire 1 billion people to remove CO₂ from the air, and is now spearheading the DAC industry globally. It has the world’s largest DAC facility and storage installation in operation and a team of over 450 Climeworkers determined to contribute to a net-zero future.

A true climate pioneer, Climeworks is featured as a TIME100 Influential Company 2022 and Global Cleantech 100 Company 2022, driving a revolutionary technology engineered to solve the most pressing issue of our time.

We foster a dynamic environment and are building a global purpose driven team. We are looking for disruptive thinkers, passionate achievers and inspiring leaders that are ready to take on the world’s greatest challenge.

Will you join us? 

Your mission

Job description
  • You own the development and implementation of novel adsorption process concepts for Climeworks solid sorbent based DAC technology, aiming at enhancing overall productivity, efficiency and reliability of current and future DAC plants.
  • You lead targeted measurement campaigns, from lab scale to full scale, to support the development and validation of Climeworks advanced modeling capabilities for phenomenological and dynamic models application.
  • You work collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams with expertise in testing, material development, sorbent structure design, material characterization, data science, process engineering, product design, plant design to support the design of experiments, performance validation, and scale-up activities.
  • You conduct single- and multi-objective techno-economic optimization studies of adsorption/desorption process design parameters
  • You collaborate closely with the Plant Operations Engineering team to validate plant performance models.
  • You manage collaboration with internal and external partners geared towards increasing the fundamental understand of Climeworks DAC process and complement Climeworks own R&D activities.
  • You mentor and train junior member of the team.
  • You generate new ideas and concept to improve Climeworks IP portfolio. You stay abreast of all new relevant technological development in the field and provide competitive assessment.

Your story

  • You hold a university degree at PhD level in process engineering, chemical engineering, or a related engineering discipline.
  • You bring advanced knowledge in adsorption, thermodynamics or separation processes in general.
  • You have at least 10 years of industrial experience in a similar role. Hands-on experience in designing and testing adsorption systems and processes is a big plus.
  • You have experience in and enjoy dynamic simulations and numerical modelling. You are familiar with sorbent characterization method.
  • You take ownership, prefer detail-oriented work and thrive working in an interdisciplinary team.
  • You are fluent in English. German is beneficial but not required.

What we offer: A horizontal organization, a great team, an improvement-oriented approach, and a scale-up venture with an innovative technology. Sounds like you? We are looking forward meeting you! Apply now by filling in the online application form and uploading your complete dossier to our career’s portal:

Our promise: At Climeworks, you are accepted for who you are. As part of our ongoing journey towards creating a diverse and inclusive environment - we encourage everyone to apply! All qualified applicants are considered for positions, so bring along your knowledge, personal experiences, and fresh perspectives, and together we can solve one of humankind’s greatest challenges. We look forward to getting to know you!

Disclaimer: The percentage in the job title means that for this vacancy, you can decide if you want to be employed on a full-time or part-time basis, depending on what works best for your needs.

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