Chief Technology Officer

Austin, TX

Energy Exploration Technologies has a mission to become a worldwide leader in the global transition to sustainable energy. Founded in 2018, the company is fundamentally changing the way humanity is powering our world and storing clean energy with breakthrough lithium-ion technology and energy storage solutions.

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Job description

Bay Area, CA, United States


Lead a team of experienced EnergyX scientists in research and development focused on disruptive materials and engineering systems to fundamentally transform scientific aspects of the energy industry including:

  • Oversee laboratory supporting EnergyX engineering needs across all products and technologies
  • Direct and review material evaluations using thermal analytical, and spectroscopic techniques
  • Manage technicians supporting materials laboratory functions
  • Mentor and train technicians to better support or expand laboratory capabilities
  • Track and communicate status of laboratory projects to design, production, and materials engineers
  • Maintain calibration of equipment and perform or coordinate repairs if necessary
  • Evaluate state of the industry techniques and equipment for future lab capabilities

On the executive leadership team:

  • Ability to interface between EnergyX investors, customers, university partners, technology R&D partners, and commercial (EPC) partners on technical / engineering side
  • Act as the interface with customers on brine testing program and next phases for collaboration with producers
  • Able to access competitive technologies and their applications
  • Develop strategic roadmap for future applications of core technologies
  • Effective communication skills as related to board, partners and investors including presentation skills at meetings and conferences
  • Delegate projects between different initiatives of EnergyX Scientific Operations


  • PhD in engineering or similar field
  • 10+ years of experience working in a materials laboratory or similar function
  • Experience managing groups and teams of technicians and workflow for a laboratory
  • Success in commercializing new technology from lab work and understands integrating technology into overall process design


  • General knowledge of the water, desalination, membrane, energy storage and lithium industries
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, startup environment 
  • Ability to train technicians on scientific equipment
  • Working with chemicals including acids


  • Understanding of techniques applicable for lithium extraction, separation, recovery, and refining
  • Development of scalable casting and system integration for mixed matrix membranes
  • Experience performing SEM, EDS, and other electron spectroscopy methods to evaluate membranes and other nano materials
  • Understanding of mechanical testing, heat treatment, machining, and sample processing as it pertains to membranes
  • Experience carrying out technical tasks in direct support of membrane engineering decision making
  • Familiarity with new interfaces including controlled topology, functionalities to achieve optimal affinity, and reactivity specifically for water / energy systems such as ion-specific separation
  • Control mesoscopic materials architecture to achieve exquisite control of pore size and pore size distribution in membranes to tune multicomponent fluid transport by leveraging design principles
  • Model multicomponent interfaces, fluid mixtures, and mesoporous architecture to transform efficiency and resiliency of membrane / materials systems
  • Experience working with multiple energy material systems in a laboratory or processing setting: salts, composites, polymers, and nano-particles

EnergyX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with EnergyX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

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