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Membrane Polymer Chemist

Austin, TX
  • Over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Energy Exploration Technologies has a mission to become a worldwide leader in the global transition to sustainable energy. Founded in 2018, the company is fundamentally changing the way humanity is powering our world and storing clean energy with breakthrough lithium-ion technologies and energy-storage solutions.


The Separation Technologies team is seeking a polymer chemist or material scientist with a strong background in ion exchange membrane formulation to expand the breadth of research in aqueous ion separations by supporting world-class applied research in advanced materials for direct lithium extraction from various brines or leachate solutions. This position will focus on applied issues in ion exchange separation in electrodialysis applications related to cationic or anionic removal, separation, blocking, and recovery from various solutions. The research will be conducted in the context of a multidisciplinary team including specialists in separations, nanomaterial synthesis, organic synthesis, polymer synthesis, composite/hybrid material synthesis, ion separation process testing, spectroscopy, and materials characterization. The candidate will be deeply involved in research and developing new generations of EnergyX ion exchange membrane formulations.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Work with a diverse team of scientists and engineers seeking to advance the scientific understanding of various complex separation systems and materials. Transform such understanding into use in real-world lithium extraction applications
  • Develop and lead new world-class separations research in the field of ion separations and corresponding materials
  • Independently formulate research problems and design research strategies, working with chemists and experimentalists to guide the design of new materials and characterize their separation properties
  • Formulate and synthesize selective and non-selective cation and anion exchange membranes to meet the applied project goals
  • Perform membrane characterization using electrochemistry measurements
  • Conduct membrane selectivity testing to quantify membrane performance
  • Able to interpret and analyze data from ICP-OES, ion chromatography, Flame AA, Infrared Spectroscopy, etc.
  • Help team members with materials development, process design and development, process intensification, and techno-economic analyses
  • Train group technicians, student interns, or visiting collaborators/partners in separations methodologies and materials developed in the group
  • Present and report research results in a timely manner.
  • File inventions and patents on separation processes and materials.
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements
  • Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics


Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in Chemistry (preferably Organic and/or Polymer Chemistry with a strong background in Electrochemistry).
  • Required experience in developing/conducting research of ions, chemical, or water separations involving both novel separation processes development and materials development
  • Must be a team player and passionate about renewable energy/sustainability


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven record of high-quality research in ions/molecules separations relevant to resins, sorbents, membranes, extraction solvents, etc. Excellent record of productive and creative research as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Material and chemistry experience in developing separation technologies using at least two of the following techniques: solvent extraction, ion exchange, adsorption, membranes, and crystallization
  • Demonstrated ability to work with team co-workers, industrial partners, patent inventions, and commercialize technologies
  • Working knowledge of basic instrumental techniques such as ICP-OES, ion chromatography, potentiometric titrimetry, Flame AA, electrodialysis cells, and radiometric methods as needed to evaluate the separation performance of new materials (membranes, resins, sorbents, solvents, etc.)
  • Extensive experience facilitating industry engagement in research and expanding the technology readiness level
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate to an international, scientific audience
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever-changing needs
  • Familiarity in electrochemical processing, water chemistries, and nanomaterials synthesis chemistry is a plus



EnergyX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with EnergyX is governed on the basis of merit, competence, and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.



Austin, TX
78754 USA



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