Senior Process Engineer, Gas Separation

at Monolith
San Carlos, CA

Monolith is excited to announce its search for a Senior Process Engineer, Gas Separation.

At Monolith we apply scientific principles, engineering practices and a lot of hard work to solve real problems that have a global impact. We use sophisticated analysis methods, advanced manufacturing techniques, and often even our hands to build first of its kind technologies. We do not compromise on safety, quality or performance. If you want to solve tough problems, build real things, and have a big impact then you should join us.

Your Role:

The Senior Process Engineer, Gas Separation is responsible for recommending gas separation unit solutions to current and future Monolith sites. The engineer will use a combination of interdisciplinary subject-matter expertise, direct collaboration with vendors, process/technology development, and optimization in support of a range of Monolith needs.  

You Will:

  • Iteratively work with gas adsorption unit vendors and experts to provide Monolith with recommendations for gas separation solutions across pilot and commercial scale
  • Inform PSA unit requirements and process control philosophy for lab-, pilot-, and commercial-scale systems through use of optimization, modeling, and validation tools
  • Be a subject matter expert for gas separation technology with deep fundamental knowledge of all system components including but not limited to: PSA, membrane technology, stripping and absorption columns, acid scrubbing, gas transport and diffusion, adsorbent material, adsorbent poisoning and regeneration, process thermodynamics and energy optimization
  • Develop accurate gas-sep unit models and integrate with HYSYS process model to assess feasibility of delivering specific gas needs to various commercial plant components/units
    • Quantify CAPEX and OPEX impacts to facility bottom-line
    • Weigh different separation methodologies and then propose optimal solution based on capital cost, operating cost, complexity, ease of operation, etc
    • Provide final recommendation and specification for engineering and construction partners
  • Draft engineering requirements and accurate unit operations models for fit-for-purpose PSA units for hydrogen purification. Incorporate and integrate tools into larger process models for the purpose of performing parametric cost-benefit analyses
  • Collaborate with gas suppliers and other gas handling vendors to generate specs based on Monolith needs
  • Coordinate technical projects and communicate findings with applications, operations, and core technology groups located across Monolith sites

You Are:

  • Organized: Ability to intelligently categorize information in a method that is intuitive to others
  • Reliable: Consistent delivery on timelines
  • Cogent: Efficiently explain research to the other members of the team
  • Resilient: Perform well under pressure with a low ego that thrives on the team's success
  • Inquisitive: Willingness and desire to learn 
  • Creative: Problem solver who challenges previous assumptions and methods to continuously improve and solve challenges; relentlessly pursues a better solution
  • Adaptable: Demonstrated ability to adapt and change in a dynamic and evolving environment with grit, passion and perseverance
  • Committed to our values
    • Safety matters most
    • Think like a team
    • Solve the impossible, embrace reality
    • People make the difference
    • Decisions drive results
    • Generosity of spirit
    • Enjoy the ride

Candidate must also demonstrate a high level of safety awareness and conviction. Adherence and commitment to Monolith’s SHE philosophy and procedures is a must.

You Have:

  • 5+ years experience with air, hydrogen, light hydrocarbon and/or syngas gas separation technology
  • Previous experience with design, fabrication, and process control of gas/vapor separation systems, including pressure-swing adsorption
  • Specific knowledge of gas separation involving light hydrocarbons, air, nitrogen, CO2, and hydrogen.
  • Specific knowledge and expertise of process simulation tools (e.g., Aspen)
  • Deep knowledge of both OPEX and CAPEX for gas separations solutions
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in Chemical Engineering or equivalent time spent gaining an advanced degree. 
  • 4+ years’ experience modeling and working with large scale industrial refining or manufacturing facility/equipment
  • Functional knowledge of PFDs, P&IDs, and HMBDs
  • Desired
    • Hands-on experience with commercial or pilot scale systems
    • Six Sigma certification or similar training in statistical analysis

Work Environment and Travel Expectations

You will work in an open office environment. Up to 25% Travel may be required


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