Lead Technologist

Houston, TX

Quidnet Energy is pioneering a breakthrough technology to solve one of the key challenges of the 21st century: decarbonized energy. Quidnet utilizes proven techniques to provide ultra-low-cost electricity storage at grid scale, enabling renewables to compete without compromise or subsidy. 

We are looking for a LEAD TECHNOLOGIST to join our core team to drive field deployment, and shape and structure the future.   This is a full-time, benefits eligible contract role that reports directly to Vice President of Engineering.  The initial term is 6 months.  The position includes the possibility for contract renewal/extension or full-time employment   

AS LEAD TECHNOLOGIST YOU WILL:

  • Ensure that all laboratory equipment and facilities are designed, operated, and maintained so as to maximize reproducibility and throughput.
  • Manage contract laboratory technicians to accomplish engineering, operational, and R&D goals.
  • Review and approve design deliverables to include drawings, technical requirements, and quotations. 
  • Participate in design review meeting with Engineering, Operations, and R&D personnel to discuss the scope, design, and expected performance and work out constructability issues.
  • Review vendor materials quotations, prepare technical evaluations, and recommend selections based on technical merit along with price and delivery. 
  • Review lessons learned from past projects and incorporate recommendations into future designs.
  • Actively identify and communicate new lessons learned and quality incidents for assigned projects.
  • Adhere to Quidnet’s safety culture, and support company initiatives as required.

This role will initially comprise about 70% direct technical work, 15% supervision of technicians and 15% communicating/reporting to internal customers.

WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN OUR LEAD TECHNOLOGIST

  • Bachelor's degree or higher mechanical, chemical, physics, physical chemistry, or other related field.
  • Fluency in Python, LabView, MatLAB, Comsol, AutoCAD  solid state physics and similar engineering/modeling/control  software (preferred).
  • Broad technical knowledge including specific hands-on experience with laboratory scale fluid systems and mechanical test and measurement equipment. 
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate mechanical, electrical, new materials and fluidic systems to control and measure fluids and mechanical properties.
  • Demonstrated ability to assist in the design, fabrication, testing, operation, troubleshooting and maintenance  of novel laboratory equipment and fluid system designs. 
  • Significant experience in:
    • Engineering development and/or laboratory work, testing, data acquisition,fluids, fluid mixing, and hydraulics.
    • Prior responsibility for apparatus and experiemental design including troubleshooting and maintenance 
    • Laboratory equipment operational and/or design experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, managing multiple projects and prioritizing tasks accordingly.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve through use of research, brainstorming, or previous experience.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate technical issues and impacts to other technical and non-technical staff.
  • The candidate must be able to:
    • Lift object up to 50 pounds), above the shoulder
    • Withstand repetitive motion
    • Be able to see screens, detect color coding, and read fine print
    • Safely work with fluid systems under moderate pressures (<100 psi). 
    • Travel occasionally to Quidnet experimental and operational well sites 
  • The candidate must be able to work full-till in the lab located in Houston, Texas

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

At Quidnet, we are energized about advancing energy solutions that deliver affordable, clean energy and accelerate our transition to a zero-carbon electric grid. We get excited by finding better ways to solve existing problems and implementing them in a timeframe previously considered impossible. We value intelligence, related experience, hard work and a desire to make a difference,

  • Impact. Your talent, time, and energy will critically impact the company’s success in providing low-cost long duration energy storage,a key challenge of our time
  • Growth. You will encounter, be challenged by, and work through an incredibly diverse range of obstacles
  • Distinction. You introduce a fundamentally differentiated solution into a predominantly commoditized marketplace that has the potential to dominate and transform utility-scale power project development
  • Ownership. You hold broad responsibilities with high autonomy in a communicative, collaborative, and fast-paced environment
  • Compensation. You are vested in a high-potential success story, with competitive compensation, benefits, and comprehensive PTO and leave policies, in a high-growth start-up company with world-class venture capital backing.

Quidnet Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. QE does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.