Combustion Engineer

Modern Electron has an immediate opening for a Combustion Engineer to support product engineering development programs. The Engineer’s goal is to be the technical lead on projects to develop the combustion subsystems of our thermionic power generation products. 
In this role, you will apply engineering principles to achieve designs that meet all required performance, cost, and schedule specifications. You will perform conceptual design, combustion, and thermal analyses; prepare design sketches and layouts; select raw materials; design and install new experimental hardware; perform combustion experiments, and analyze test results.

Modern Electron is a start-up company dedicated to generating cheap, 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 paper-thin heat-to-electricity generators. >$20MM 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.

  • Perform engineering calculations and analyses to predict combustion component/subsystem performance, including combustion analysis, thermal and heat transfer analysis, steady-state and transient analysis, etc
  • Perform first order hand calculations of the analysis tasks prior to conducting FEA/CFD analysis as necessary
  • Create drawings for experimental component/sub-system and other mechanical assemblies
  • Utilize laboratory and field test data to correlate and validate analytical models
  • Interface closely with combustion sub-system component suppliers
  • Interface with the multidisciplinary experimental and computational teams to iterate on prototype designs
  • Assemble combustion test rigs, perform combustion experiments, and analyze test results
  • Support the evaluation of next-generation designs by the R&D and Engineering teams

  • Expert knowledge of combustion chemistry, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics including: flame propagation in complex fuel mixtures, combustion kinetics & chemistry, design and evaluation of new combustion systems, and modeling of combustion systems
  • Wide and thorough knowledge of state of the art and standard combustion practices and designs
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience with combustion models for CFD and FEA using analysis tools such as Solidworks and ANSYS
  • Understanding of heat transfer (conduction, convection, and radiation) and mechanics of materials
  • Hands-on experience with planning and performing combustion experiments in a laboratory environment and theoretical/computational analysis
  • Experience analyzing laboratory and field test data to correlate and validate analytical models
  • Excellent problem solving and communication skills
  • Impeccable written and verbal communication
  • Ability and enthusiasm to work as part of a highly collaborative, dynamic, and diverse team

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Physics, Chemical Engineering, or similar - Master’s Degree preferred 
  • 3+ years of industrial experience designing combustion equipment and related support systems for residential, commercial, or industrial applications

  • Background in combustion and emissions for boilers and gas furnaces
  • Knowledge of power and control electronics implementation
  • Hands-on experience using CAD tools (SolidWorks preferred) in the creation of complex  mechanical models, fabrication drawings and assembly drawings
  • Experience working in a startup environment

We are an equal opportunity employer.


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