Scientist

San Francisco, CA

Noya is reversing climate change by removing CO2 from the atmosphere. We’re a small, scrappy team of engineers and scientists taking on the biggest problem anybody could be working on. We’ve developed a new process that will use existing industrial equipment to pull CO2 out of thin air, with dramatically lower capital and operating expenses than other carbon capture approaches.

YOUR MISSION IN THIS ROLE

This role is fundamental to the long-term success of our mission. Your materials science and chemistry expertise will help Noya capture even more carbon dioxide in a sustainable, cost-effective way!

As a Scientist at Noya, you will work on a multidisciplinary team. You’ll collaborate with our Mechanical and Chemical Engineers to characterize and optimize our Direct Air Capture approach from a materials science and chemistry perspective. You’ll help us supercharge our adsorbent material and participate in the ideation and development of new materials! In addition to all the research and development you will be involved in, you’ll help implement our first commercial installation.

And on top of all that, you will dive head-first into a sea of future potential full of unimaginable growth opportunities. Ultimately, we are looking for a diligent and driven Scientist who wants to help solidify a bright future for all of humanity.

WHAT YOU’LL DO

  • Synthesize materials through established procedures, including sol-gel, co-precipitation, deposition, hydrothermal carbonization, impregnation and mechanochemistry
  • Characterize materials, including surface area, pore properties, active site characteristics and mechanical strength and hardness, including through gas-solid equilibria measurements, dynamic mechanical analyses, electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction techniques
  • Participate in cross-disciplinary projects to evaluate and optimize Noya’s processes, acting as subject matter expert and building team knowledge on specific material properties and their influence on Noya’s process goals
  • Collaborate with mechanical and chemical engineers to develop large scale synthetic methods for CO2 adsorbents
  • Use feedback from characterizations, as well as chemical engineering empirical and modeling results to identify pathways, compile experimental procedures, and execute syntheses and characterizations towards material optimization
  • Identify, perform and report on key experiments to further mechanistic understanding of sorbent chemisorption
  • Compile and assess data systematically and diligently, and provide clear conclusions and recommendations based on analyses

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

  • MSc or PhD in Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or other related disciplines
  • Minimum 3-5 years R&D experience with successful catalyst/product development. Preferred experience in gas-solid processes.
  • Proven record in materials synthesis, optimization and characterization
  • Solid knowledge of structure-property relationships, chemical kinetics and thermodynamics
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills with ability to navigate multiple priorities
  • Experience with SEM, TEM-EDS, DMA, TGA, gas sorption characterization techniques, DSC, IC, GPC and NMR.
  • Knowledge of green chemistry and green engineering principles

Nice to have

  • Proven track record of taking ownership and driving mission-focused results
  • Ability to deliver initiatives from conception through completion
  • Experience in systems thinking and working on complex, multi-variate projects successfully

Application

Noya is an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to building a diverse team that reflects a broad range of backgrounds, thought, and experiences. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, status as an individual with a disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected characteristic. Women, people of color, and people from underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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