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Specialist Liquid Hydrogen Engineer

ZeroAvia

ZeroAvia

Livermore, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, August 25, 2023

ZeroAvia is a leader in zero-emission aviation, flying the world’s largest hydrogen-electric aircraft since September 2020. Our focus is the design and commercialization of hydrogen-powered aviation solutions to address a variety of markets. We work with leading airports, utilities, fuel service providers, and technology partners and we are building the future today.

ZeroAvia’s powertrain development focuses on tightly integrating H2 fuel cell power systems and storage, along with electric drivetrain components, to deliver a unified solution that is both environmentally friendly and economically superior to traditional aircraft drivetrain solutions.

Our Infrastructure Team is focused on supporting the decarbonization of airports through novel electrolytic operations and fueling transportation through liquid hydrogen. It is a small, highly talented, focused, and motivated team and we believe it will be possible to accelerate the productization of liquefaction, grid stabilization, and electrolyzer technologies within this decade.

Role

We are seeking an experienced Hydrogen Engineer to join our Infrastructure Team, with opportunities to progress to a technical leadership position. This position involves close collaboration with product delivery, project management, and aircraft hydrogen teams, and plays a key role in driving hydrogen and energy infrastructure via a compelling use-case, namely airports as energy hubs, and aircraft as a primary off-taker. The successful candidate will possess excellent creative engineering skills, project management expertise, strong leadership qualities, and organizational abilities to oversee a diverse and expanding set of complex programs involving liquid hydrogen, gaseous hydrogen, and conversion technologies.

Although project sizes may be modest initially, we anticipate that they will become larger and more complex over the next 12-24 months, with multiple stakeholders and eventual scaling to multi-million dollar investments. Initially, this role will involve opportunities in the US, UK, and EU.

Responsibilities

  • Lead the hydrogen infrastructure frontend engineering process: from concept and design, through execution and startup
  • Design and integrate electrolyzers and liquid hydrogen or other cryogenic systems
  • Evaluate chemical equipment and processes to optimize performance and ensure compliance with safety and environmental regulations
  • Create measurement and control systems for hydrogen infrastructure based on data collection
  • Manage the development, design, or construction of energy conservation projects to ensure the acceptability of budgets and timelines, conformance to federal and state laws, or adherence to approved specifications
  • Assist in solving operating problems and confer with technical personnel to resolve design, research, and testing problems
  • Hands-on approach scaling the team going forward with an emphasis on design, thermodynamic, and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) packages

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):

  • 10+ years of experience in Process Chemical Engineering
  • Master’s degree in science or engineering
  • Possess expertise in process engineering, gas technology (bonus for H2), rotating equipment, maintenance/reliability, and power engineering
  • Quantifiable ability to deliver results while working under pressure, with experience in various roles encompassing gas technologies, cryogenics, operations (such as refining or chemicals), and engineering
  • Ability to come up the curve on H2 codes, standards, and best practices, which is a must
  • Proficient in using ANSYS and SolidWorks (or similar software)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, as well as good written and oral communication skills


Preferred:

  • Degree in Chemical Engineering or equivalent
  • Experience in building Liquid Hydrogen systems or other cryogenic systems
  • Have operational exposure to a variety of disciplines leading to design integration roles
  • Expertise in process safety


Diversity and Inclusion

ZeroAvia is an equal-opportunity employer. As a young company in the aviation industry, we value diversity and need people of different backgrounds that bring many skills, perspectives, and mindsets to the table that can spur originality, imagination, and creativity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Pay Transparency Statement

The wage scale or salary range for this position is between $120,000 - $150,000. In addition to the foregoing base compensation, additional compensation and benefits are available to employees and eligible family members (as applicable) including the following:

  • Bonus: Annual discretionary bonuses
  • Equity: Ability to exercise company stock options
  • Retirement: Eligible to participate in the company's 401(k) Plan, with up to a 4% matching
  • Health Insurance: Employer covers up to 80% of the employee's monthly premiums on medical, dental, and vision
  • Life Insurance: Basic Life/AD&D of up to $50,000 and the option to add on Supplemental Coverage
  • Short-Term Disability: Up to 60% of your earnings for up to a period of 24 weeks
  • Long-Term Disability: If your disability extends beyond 180 days, LTD Coverage for up to 60% of your earnings
  • Paid Time Off: Eligible employees may accrue up to 120 hours per year (15 days) and may borrow up to 40 hours (5 days)
  • Sick Time: Eligible employees may accrue up to 40 hours, per year (5 days)
  • Paid Holidays: 12 observed holidays, per calendar year
  • The Flight Club: up to $2,000 of reimbursement towards flying lessons to all full-time staff


Please note, among other factors, the compensation offered may vary based on work location, experience, qualifications, specialties, training, and then-current market and business considerations.