Senior R&D Scientist - Atmospheric Water Harvesting

  • Salary: £120000 - £140000 per annum
  • REF Number: v-104629
  • Consultant: Anett Racz
  • Contact: +44 1246947643
  • Date Published: 20.06.2024
  • Industry: Other, Biotech, Environmental
  • Location: Irvine, United States
  • Functional Expertise: Research & Development

CK Group are recruiting for a Senior R&D Scientist - Atmospheric Water Harvesting to join a small start-up team to focus on the design and scale up of systems that improve their overall performance in adsorbing/desorbing water vapor. The company is currently working on technologies in the fields of atmospheric water harvesting and CO2 capture.

Location: Irvine, California

Contract type: Full-time, permanent position

Salary: $120,000 - $140.000pa base


Roles and Responsibilities

• Work with and report to the head of Product Engineering to achieve the department goals of scaling up commercial-grade MOF/COF-based atmospheric water harvesting technology.

• Collaborate closely with R&D scientists to process the technical and functional specifications of MOF/COFs coming out of the R&D

• Responsible for the system-level design and development of the heat management system, including optimization of heat exchangers, thermal storage, optimization of fluids transfer, pumps, fans, and filters that will operate on the MOF/COFs.

• Design, plan and scale up the technologies from prototype stage to commercial stage

• Identify and optimize critical component and system-level parameters to improve overall product performance in terms of production capacity, energy efficiency, lifetime (reliability/durability), yield, cost, safety, and operation.

• Evaluate and manage sourcing of materials and components, taking into consideration the whole process from sourcing to final assembly and packaging

• Help set up the QC/QA processes and procedures for production

• Maintain an electronic notebook detailing all observations and measurements.

• Contribute to the intellectual property of the company by writing and participating in invention disclosures

• Perform periodic reporting to management and participate in technical meetings.



• PhD in mechanical engineering or similar field from an accredited institution, along with a demonstrated record of achievement in research

• Strong understanding of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer

• More than 5 years of industrial R&D experience.

• Industry experience in designing system-level prototypes

• Experience in simulation tools for thermal design, thermal analysis, and energy performance

• Familiar with health and safety procedures in production.

• Thrive in a culture that values diversity, collaboration, precision, and learning.

• Strong teamwork and collaboration skills.

• Excellent problem-solving skills.

• A track record of successful scale-up prototypes or experimentation.

• Effective written and verbal communication skills.



Entitlement to work in the US is essential. For more information or to apply for this position, please contact the US team on +16172099007 or Please quote job number 104629.

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