Senior Chemical Engineer Project and Pilot Operations Manager

Santa Barbara   |   Full Time


  • Manage and participate intellectually in the design, construction, and operation of an integrated process demonstration unit for conversion of natural gas into solid carbon and hydrogen.
  • Design of experimental units needed for information required to complete design of integrated process and manage experiments with technical staff.
  • Develop project management plan for integrated demonstration unit.
  • Document and report all project activities.
  • Train and supervise junior personnel.
  • Minimum of 10 years of combined chemical engineering and project management experience in, at least, 2 different petrochemical or hydrocarbon chemical processes at scales greater than 100 kg/day.


  • 10+ years of experience leading projects of $25MM+
  • B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or related fields.
  • Background with plant construction and equipment fabrication, prefer hands-on.
  • Experience with thermal energy integration and process optimization.
  • Experience in plant completion, start-up, and operations preferred.

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 temperatures 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 CO2 emissions.

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