Materials / Chemical Process Engineer
Manufacturing | Boston, MA | Full Time
AeroShield is making the next generation of energy-efficient windows possible by manufacturing the first ultra-clear, super-insulating aerogel sheets.
Windows are critical elements of comfort and productivity, but in the United States they cost $40 billion in heating and cooling energy. Every year 50+ million new window units add to this growing problem, but what if we were no longer forced to choose between insulating our walls for indoor comfort and accessing natural daylight and beautiful outdoor views? Scientists from MIT have developed breakthrough advances in nanoporous glass, the same material used to insulate spacecraft, to enable a new performance class of windows that offer affordability and efficiency.
New super-insulating material developed by AeroShield is designed to drop inside existing double-pane window manufacturing to create a window 50% more insulating – reducing energy use and improving comfort. Sealing AeroShield inside new windows enables energy payback 5x faster than comparable products. Our thin, lightweight solution can be delivered and integrated into existing window manufacturing, achieving high performance at a low cost to enable $10 billion in energy savings and >500 million tons of CO2 reduction (nearly half of current US homes’ annual emissions)!
We aren’t the only ones excited: founded out of MIT in 2019, AeroShield has established manufacturing R&D activities in Hyde Park (Boston), MA since March of 2020. The company raised over $1M in funding to begin producing prototypes, and is already working with 3 DOE national labs, 2 cleantech incubators, and was selected for the Activate Boston 2020 cohort. AeroShield won MIT’s $100k Clean Energy Prize, Cleantech Open National Grand Prize, and earned the founders and inventors recognition in Forbes 30 Under 30: Energy.
This person will join our core AeroShield manufacturing team led by Founder & CTO, Dr. Kyle Wilke, collaborate with national laboratories (NREL, LBL, ORNL), and receive support from AeroShield's advisor and mentor network. This role will provide an exciting and fast-paced environment to study and improve our material (optical, thermal, mechanical, and acoustic properties). You will be familiar with materials science & engineering and ready to get hands-on with our ground-breaking material and its characterization. Building on our laboratory research to translate material and process developments to industrial scale processes, we seek a dynamic researcher or engineer to optimize our material, scale production, and develop strategies for incorporation into windows and insulated glass products.
Responsibilities will include:
- Solve key challenges in how our material is integrated into a full window product
- Support and design experiments to optimize key material properties
- Perform a range of lab processes, including making sample materials for customers
- Manage quality of samples, including key metrics for monitoring process development
Background & Experience
We are looking for a candidate with 0-5 years of lab experience who will be trained on the job by a team of experienced engineers and researchers. The ideal person will have the following experience and qualities:
- Comfortable working hands-on with materials and chemicals
- Detail oriented with high level of safety-awareness
- Ability to create and carry out an experimental plan and summarize key learnings
- Experience with inorganic chemistry and/or solution-gelation chemistry preferred