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Laboratory Chemist

Research & Development | Berkeley, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Company Overview

The process chemistry used to make products like cement has not changed in nearly 200 years. Cement’s CO2 emissions account for 8% of total global emissions (the same as cars!) and must be eliminated if we are to mitigate climate change. It is time for better chemistry.

Brimstone Inc, is a Clean Tech Energy company revolutionizing cement-making with a patented new chemical process that eliminates all of the emissions from cement. The company is venture backed and a Caltech-spinout that has been awarded funding from ARPA-E and Cyclotron road. 

Position Overview - Laboratory Chemist

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about saving the planet one chemistry experiment at a time. This person will be joining a powerful, diverse team and they need to be ready to scale the movement that will ensure the well-being of the next generation. 

We are looking for someone with 0-3 years of laboratory experience to assist in laboratory activities involving thermally and chemically manipulating rocks and extracting calcium. Responsibilities include preforming wet chemistry, working with strong acids and bases, working in a fume hood, preparing samples from ICP-MS, ICP-OES, SEM, XRD, XRF, BET, and TGA, operating a tube furnace, operating an overhead stirring system, ball milling, sieving. You will be working with a team of engineers who can train you.

Required Experience

- Experience in laboratory activity 

- Performing experiments and familiarity with basic chemical mixing is required, training will occur on the job. 

Experience in the following is a plus:

- Experience in vendor management: ordering materials, cataloging materials is a plus

- Experience in technical documentation 

- Knowledge of chemical instrumentation 

- Understanding of chemical compatibilities (acids and bases)

- Knowledge of chemical handling and chemical storage 

- College level (Junior level) understanding of chemistry, physics and engineering 

- Detailed oriented and with high sensitivity to timeline is a must

- Proactive in task management and ability to address/take care of basic laboratory facilitation

- Experience in titration is preferred.

Current Team and Board 

Our Brimstone Team and Board are a passionate group with deep experience in mining, chemistry, metallurgy, cement, clean tech, and project finance. 

Cody Finke, PhD, CEO. - Cody received his PhD in environmental science and engineering in 2020 at Caltech under professor Michael Hoffmann where he studied catalysts for the CO2-free production of various commodities including hydrogen, sulfuric acid, cement, and chlorine. After his PhD, Cody joined Lawrence Berkeley National Lab as a Cyclotron Road Entrepreneurial Post-doctoral Scholar. Cody is the co-founder and CEO of Brimstone Energy, a venture-backed company which is oriented towards industrial decarbonization of cement and other commodities.

Hugo Leandri, COO. - Hugo earned his Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Icam in France and was a visiting student under Prof. Michael Hoffmann at Caltech. During his master thesis, Hugo worked on a monitoring system for an innovative wastewater treatment technology for low-income countries. After graduating, Hugo was hired by Prof. Hoffmann as a staff scientist to work on a novel electrochemical system for household-scale wastewater treatment. Hugo’s work has received several accolades including being honored as an invited speaker at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Reinvented Toilet Exposition in Beijing, China.

Marcelo de Olivera, PhD, VP of Geology and Materials Science - Marcelo worked as a CTO for an agritech startup and he has been in the mining/agri/tech industry for more than 10 years. He is passionated about learning and developing people with different skills in projects to build a better world. Marcelo earned his PhD in geology and geochemistry (2009), had a post doc experience in petrology and thermodynamics at Université d’Orleans (2010), and in Materials science and engineering at MIT (2016).

Evody Tshijik Karumb, PhD, Senior Metallurgical Research Engineer - Evody is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.), and she came to the United States in 2009 to pursue education.  She first attended Red Rocks Community College for two years, then transferred to the Colorado School of Mines where she obtained her BS degree in December 2013. Evody continued on with an MS where she investigated the recovery of indium from mining wastes, and she earned her degree in December 2016. She pushed a little further and enrolled in the PhD program where she investigated the fundamentals of vacuum distillation, its predictions, and laboratory scale testing in regard to refining of complex lead bullion under Prof. Corby Anderson. Evody earned her degree in December 2019 and volunteered at Mines assisting a graduate student before joining Brimstone Energy in September 2020.


Raffi Garabedian - CTO, First Solar

Annalisa Gigante - Former SVP and head of R&D at Lafarge-Holcim. 

Dave Rogers - Former Partner at Latham and Watkins and expert on Project Finance