Modern Electron has openings throughout the year for physical chemistry interns or co-ops on the R&D team. You will work with an interdisciplinary group of physicists, chemists, and engineers developing and testing Modern Electron’s cutting-edge thermionic converter technology. This role can involve experimentation and/or modeling, including experimentation on electrode surface chemistry; developing chemical models for vapor-solid-surface equilibrium systems; building empirical models that span chemical kinetics, surface chemistry, and mass transport; and/or correlating those models with high-quality experimentation on electrode surface chemistry and vapor-solid-surface equilibrium systems.
Responsibilities will include some of the following: designing and executing high-quality experiments, analyzing data, building empirical models, and reporting conclusions, design and construction of models, and correlating and validating those models with experimental results, as well as actively contributing to the ideation of new research directions to push beyond existing performance bounds.
Modern Electron is a start-up company dedicated to generating affordable, modular, and reliable electricity for all. Expensive mechanical engines and turbines based on 19th-century technology still generate the majority of the power used worldwide. We seek to replace them with compact heat-to-electricity generators. >$40MM venture capital is committed to our vision. We have enormous potential for learning, impact, and growth in a small and collaborative team setting. We value our ability to move fast to outpace larger companies and achieve what they cannot.
- Currently enrolled or recently graduated from a BS, MS, or PhD program in Physical Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, or related field
- Familiarity with the concepts and principles of surface chemistry and vacuum systems
- 1+ years of research experience with experimental high vacuum or ultra high vacuum systems, surface chemistry experimentation or modeling, DFT of surfaces, and/or chemical kinetics modeling
- Clear technical communication with scientists and engineers of diverse backgrounds
- Demonstrated ability and willingness to work in a fast-paced environment with a diverse team
- Familiarity with heterogeneous catalysis
- Expertise with chemical or trace gas analyses in ultra high vacuum systems, including residual gas analyzers, mass spectrometers, plasma diagnostics, XPS, UPS, TPRS/TPD, electron spectroscopy, or optical techniques
- Experience with high performance computing and DFT of surface interactions
- Experience building computational models spanning first principles/ab initio to semi-empirical models
- Expertise in gas-surface reaction thermodynamics and kinetics, including kinetic theory of gases, multi-species adsorption and evaporation and techniques of surface engineering
- Familiarity with multispecies chemical kinetics modeling software (Chemkin, Cantera, etc.)
- Basic familiarity with automation of instrumentation and data acquisition using Python, Matlab, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Labview, or similar
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We are an equal opportunity employer.