Mechanical Engineer

Spark Thermionics, Inc. Emeryville , CA 94608

Posted 3 weeks ago

Spark Thermionics is an early-stage energy startup building a power plant on a chip, a generator that can efficiently convert any fuel to electricity at 1/10th the size and weight of the state-of-the-art.

Spark has demonstrated power generation from fully encapsulated thermionic converters and has delivered its first products to customers. The company is now developing fully integrated device packages coupled with high-performance burners for highly scalable power systems.

We are hiring a full-time mechanical engineer to drive this integration and accelerate Sparks rapid progress in developing novel energy-generation technology. Join Spark for a highly stimulating work environment and become part of a world-leading, high-performance small team.

Spark is located in Emeryville, CA and was a founding member of the Department of Energys prestigious Cyclotron Road program, an incubator for climate-tech and hard-technology startups. We are supported by the DOE, DARPA, the California Energy Commission, and US Air Force, and our investors include First Round Capital and Prelude Ventures. Sparks work has been featured by the Global Climate and Energy Project, Physics Today, Fortune, and elsewhere.

For additional information, please contact: info@sparkthermionics.com

Requirements

An outstanding Mechanical Engineer candidate would have:

  • Proficiency in SolidWorks and CAD modeling
  • Hands-on experience designing prototypes and instrumenting experimental systems, and guiding these systems through design, manufacturing, assembly, and successful deployment
  • A solid foundation of mechanical and physical knowledge for rapid prototyping and back-of-the-envelope feasibility
  • Experience in machining
  • Experience in heat transfer

In addition, we are particularly interested in candidates that have:

  • Experience in high-efficiency combustion
  • Strong background in FEA, ideally in mechanical and heat transfer in at least one of ANSYS and/or COMSOL
  • Programming experience in at least one of: Matlab/Octave, Python/SciPy, R
  • Background in high temperature materials and manufacturing
  • A BS and at least one of: a post-graduate degree (MS / PhD) and/or 3+ years of experience working post-graduation

Benefits

  • Competitive salary and stock options
  • A premium benefits package, including: Employer-coverage Blue Shield PPO health plan, life insurance, and vision and dental coverage
  • Vibrant and convenient location in Emeryville, just off the Bay Bridge and highly accessible via public transit on Amtrak or BART, with numerous shops and restaurants within walking distance.
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Mechanical Engineer

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