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Systems Engineer - Regeneration



Software Engineering
Brisbane, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2024

About Us

All across the world, from the azure pools of Turkey and Oman to the travertine terraces of Yellowstone, our planet quietly pulls carbon dioxide from the air and turns it to stone. For eons, Earth has relied on this process to balance its carbon cycle. What if it could be harnessed? What if we could do it faster, in larger quantities, and at a low enough cost to make it an effective tool in the fight against climate change?

At Heirloom, we are turning that into reality. We use the natural carbon capture properties of abundant minerals to pull CO2 from the air, and store it permanently underground. We come to work every day to slow climate change, and are united behind a single, common goal - to remove 1 billion tons of CO2 from the sky by 2035, and to not stop before we get there.

We bring together the precise recipe of science, technology, know-how, and strategy necessary to make low cost, high quality carbon removal a reality. If we’re successful, we will directly mitigate climate change, build a world we can proudly hand over to our children and grandchildren, and catalyze an industry that will rival the largest the world has ever seen. If you want to change the planet, come join us.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As temperatures continue to rise, individuals from marginalized communities will face the harshest impacts of climate change. We believe wholeheartedly that building a diverse company is critical to Heirloom’s success. To accomplish this, we’ve put recruiting, hiring and retaining individuals from underrepresented groups at the top of our priority list.

We encourage you to apply if you identify as Black, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Hispanic or Latino, LGBTQ+ – or with any other underrepresented group – even if you don’t tick all the boxes in the description below.

The Role

As a Systems Engineer - Regeneration, you will play a pivotal role in developing Heirloom’s regeneration technology. Your primary responsibility will be to design, build, and manage experimental setups for the thermal decomposition process. This role demands a hands-on approach, meticulous attention to detail, and an aptitude for troubleshooting complex systems.

You will be responsible for designing and implementing experimental setups aimed at studying the thermal decomposition of CaCO3 into CaO. Your tasks will involve instrumenting and closely monitoring experiments to guarantee precise data collection and analysis. Leverage your expertise in data analysis and modeling to interpret experimental results, pinpointing areas for process improvement. Collaboration with cross-functional teams is crucial to enhance our comprehension and efficiency of the regeneration process. Additionally, you will play a key role in the continuous troubleshooting and refinement of experimental setups based on valuable data insights.

What You Will Bring

Preferred candidates for this position hold a PhD, although those with a robust background in Engineering, Science, or a related field at the MS or BS level will also be considered. The ideal candidate should possess demonstrated expertise in designing, instrumenting, and analyzing intricate experimental setups, showcasing a strong foundation in data analysis and proficiency in modeling. A hands-on approach with meticulous attention to detail in experimental work is essential, coupled with the ability to troubleshoot effectively when experimental data deviates from expectations.

This is an interesting opportunity for someone who is passionate about using Systems Engineering to develop innovative solutions that improve people's lives. If you are a team player who thrives in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, we encourage you to apply!

You don’t have to have every listed requirement and skill to apply - you may even teach us something about what we should be looking for! If you are enthusiastic about this opportunity and think you have the skills to succeed, please apply!

Our Principles

Radical Honesty means we are open, transparent, and inclusive in everything we do. We aren't scared to challenge each other, but bring clear motives and our best intentions when we do.

Persistent Optimism means we carry an infinite amount of optimistic energy with us on our journey, constantly chipping away at what may seem insurmountable.

Maximize our learning rate means we're always in discovery mode. Compounding knowledge is our key to victory - we continuously hone our crafts, seek the fastest paths to new learning, and are quick to absorb new knowledge.

Target compensation for this role is between $120,000 and $155,000 depending on level and experience.

Why you should join Heirloom

  • We are solving the engineering problem of our generation. Climate change is an existential threat, and we need as many of the world’s motivated minds as possible to help. There is no greater challenge or opportunity than fighting climate change.

  • We have done this before. We’re engineers, scientists, and concerned humans from a variety of backgrounds and experiences who are pooling our knowledge and skills to collectively build a more equitable, prosperous future for all.

  • We are a united, resilient, and optimistic bunch. We are all here for the same reason - to slow climate change. We recognize the magnitude of the challenge ahead of us, and believe we can solve it. We can see a hopeful future where we eventually reverse climate change. It won’t be easy, but we won’t quit.

  • We are backed by the best climate partners in the world. We’re well funded by investors from Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Ahren Innovation Capital, Carbon Direct, Microsoft, Lowercarbon Capital, ARPA-e and the National Science Foundation. Our early customers include Stripe, Shopify, and Klarna, and we’re building durable partnerships that enable us to tackle this decades-long problem.

Perks and Benefits

  • Robust health coverage. Excellent health, dental and vision insurance covered up to 100% by Heirloom. FSA option.

  • Generous parental leave. 16 weeks paid leave for all Heirloom employees, regardless of primary/secondary caregiver status.

  • Generous stock options.

  • Flexible time off. Unlimited PTO for exempt (salaried) employees & 80 hours for full time non-exempt (hourly) employees.

  • 401(k).

  • Stay healthy. Monthly health and wellness reimbursement.

  • Learn on the job. Robust annual education and conference budget, including airfare and hotel costs.