Senior Engineer

Santa Barbara   |   Full time

C-Zero is looking for a Senior Engineer who will work with our interdisciplinary technical team to scale C-Zero’s high-temperature catalytic melt system for pilot and production applications. The Senior Engineer will be responsible for developing CAD models of the reactor system, performing heat transfer and fluid dynamics simulations, and communicating results across the organization. The ideal candidate will have deep expertise in heat transfer, fluid dynamics, CAD modeling, and a passion for hands-on work to drive to significant milestones on aggressive timelines.

What You’ll Do

  • Work closely with the engineering team on design and modeling of process units
  • Work with engineering firms to manufacture components and reactor systems
  • Develop CAD models for components and process units
  • Generate technical reports and presentations for both internal and external communication
  • Assist in the development and design of pilot systems
  • Perform heat transfer, structural mechanics, fluid dynamics, and chemical process modeling using industry software tools

What We’re Looking For 

  • BS/MS + 3-5 years industrial experience or PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field
  • Demonstrated ability to design, model, optimize, and construct components for industrial chemical engineering systems
  • Experience with CAD software
  • Experience with software for performing heat transfer, structural mechanics, fluid dynamics, and chemical process modeling
  • Experience with additive and advanced manufacturing techniques


  • Enjoys the fast paced, results driven environment of a startup
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a small team
  • Desire to work in a fast-paced environment and able to prioritize work across multiple projects
  • Comfortable working in a chemical engineering laboratory
  • High attention to detail
  • Comfortable independently advancing experiments from conception through data analysis
  • Hands-on approach to engineering problem solving

About C-Zero

C-Zero is a hard-tech startup located in Santa Barbara, CA, that is developing a technology for decarbonizing natural gas. The company’s technology uses high temperature catalytic melt systems to break down methane, (the primary molecule in natural gas) into hydrogen and solid carbon. C-Zero’s hydrogen can be used to decarbonize a wide range of industries including ammonia production, gasoline and diesel fuel, electric generation, process heat, and fuel cell vehicles, and has the potential to address 75% of global CO2emissions.

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