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Head of Engineering

Location: Flexible

Job Type

Full Time

About the Role

As a member of CREW’s management team, the Head of Engineering will build out and lead CREW’s engineering team. This will include recruiting in-house engineers with chemical, mechanical, automation, and sensor experience and engaging and managing external firms. The Head of Engineering will work directly with the CEO and management team to assess and execute CREW’s current and future deployments. As lead of the engineering team, this individual will oversee research and development from initial modeling, design, and prototyping to manufacturing, installation, and operation. As such, the ideal candidate will have experience designing, building, and testing multiphase reactor systems; interfacing with sophisticated engineering teams, manufacturers, and vendors; and taking physical technology from theory to deployment at first-of-a-kind and beyond.


Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee the design, build, installation, operation, and upgrading of carbon capture reactor systems at scale

  • Work across the lab- and deployment-scales to develop models that inform system design and optimization, and build and test design modifications

  • Oversee commissioning of field-deployed reactor systems, including coordinating with external engineering firms

  • Direct the modeling and design of multicomponent reaction systems, including solid-liquid, gas-liquid, and solid-gas reactions

  • Lead process development and equipment sizing

  • Assess construction materials for system components exposed to corrosive and hazardous liquids, solids, and for gasses that may be pressurized (1-10 bar)

  • Engage, direct, and manage vendors and manufacturers, including purchasing and evaluating contracts for services and hardware

  • Drive recruiting and build engineering team

  • Collaborate with the science team and perform technical communications, including internal and external facing presentations and reports


Required Qualifications

  • BS/MS in Process, Mechanical, Chemical, or Environmental Engineering (or similar field)

  • 6-8+ years of work experience in engineering or early-stage technologies

  • Management experience building and leading an engineering team

  • Strong ability to translate theoretical design, calculations, and lab-scaled experimental data into real world processes and equipment 

  • Experience identifying, contracting, and managing third parties such as EPC firms in complex engineering projects surrounding technology, hardware, infrastructure, and/or design 

  • Familiarity with sensor and monitoring systems and automation controls 

  • Strong understanding of physics, chemistry, and engineering concepts, including fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and desire to be part of a high-performing team

  • Ideal candidate has a startup mindset where adaptability, creativity, agility, and execution are key 

  • Ability to be self motivated and directed

  • Strong desire to fight climate change

Bonus Qualifications 

  • Master's or PhD degree in Process, Mechanical, Chemical, or Environmental Engineering

  • Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the United States

  • Experience with data analysis or computer modeling tools such as in Python, R, Matlab, or Excel

  • Skilled in process simulation and reactive transport software such as Aspen, CHEMCAD, ANSYS Fluent, COMSOL

  • Familiarity with designing, building, and/or operating equipment in the water treatment, chemicals, pharmaceutical, energy, or similar fields

  • Experience working in a startup with a significant hardware component

  • Experience in infrastructure projects, including experience with permitting

While we are looking for someone with these skills, you do not need to have all the listed qualifications to be a great addition to our team. Please reach out if you have any of the listed qualifications, are eager to learn new skills and be involved in the climate tech space, and have solid design, engineering, and problem-solving skills.


The annual salary range for this position is competitive and will depend on many factors including experience, education, and expertise. We offer a competitive benefits package with insurance, vacation, retirement, and equity options.

About the Company

CREW is a distributed and flexible carbon dioxide removal technology that utilizes containerized enhanced weathering in engineered systems for permanent, low-cost, and verifiable storage. By accelerating the well-established, natural weathering process that removes CO2, CREW leverages these reactions in diverse settings on our path to actionable climate impact today.

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