Industrial Automation Engineer

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Transforming the carbon no one wants into valuable chemicals using renewable electricity.


Lectrolyst, a cutting-edge carbon utilization company based in Wilmington, DE, is seeking a highly skilled Industrial Automation Engineer with a passion for building process automation systems and controls in the chemical production industry. We are at the forefront of developing a new class of carbon utilization technology, leveraging renewable electricity to transform waste carbon into valuable chemical products. Join our team and be part of our mission to create a sustainable future for chemical manufacturing.

Upon hire, you’ll join our efforts to address more than just climate change with our carbon utilization technology. In this role, you will be an integral part of our ambitious project to build a new system for the creation of acetate, which will enable us to create food in areas with limited available farmland, offering a sustainable solution to meet the growing demand for food resources. As part of a CO2 utilization consortium, we are at the forefront of addressing the pressing challenges of both carbon emissions mitigation and sustainable food production.

Job type: Full-time, in-person at our Wilmington, DE facility.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with our multidisciplinary team to design and develop automation systems and controls for our carbon dioxide/monoxide electroreduction stack system.
  • Analyze process requirements, develop control strategies, and design automation solutions to ensure safe, efficient, and reliable operation of the electrochemical stack system.
  • Utilize your expertise in process automation to optimize system performance, improve productivity, and enhance process stability.
  • Design and implement interfaces to monitor and control the electrochemical stack system, ensuring intuitive and user-friendly operation.
  • Support the integration of automation systems and controls with the electrochemical stack components, including sensors, actuators, and data acquisition systems.
  • Develop and implement testing protocols to validate the functionality and performance of the automation systems, troubleshooting any issues and optimizing system efficiency.
  • Participate in system commissioning, startup, and ongoing maintenance, ensuring adherence to safety standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Analyze data from the electrochemical stack system to identify areas for process optimization and improvement.
  • Develop and implement advanced control strategies, data analysis techniques, and machine learning algorithms to enhance system performance, stability, and efficiency.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to drive continuous improvement initiatives, leveraging automation technologies to increase productivity, reduce waste, and minimize downtime.
  • Stay updated with the latest advancements in automation and control systems, evaluating their potential application to our electrochemical stack system.
  • Maintain accurate and detailed documentation of automation system designs, control strategies, and software configurations.
  • Prepare technical reports, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and training materials for the electrochemical stack system.
  • Collaborate with the team to generate progress reports, presenting findings and recommendations to internal stakeholders and project leaders.
  • Contribute to intellectual property development through the documentation of innovative solutions and improvements.


  • BA/MA, MS/MA, or PhD in Engineering, preferably Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related field.
  • Proven experience in designing and implementing process automation systems and controls in the chemical production industry.
  • Strong knowledge of automation technologies, including PLCs, DCS, SCADA systems, and HMI design.
  • Familiarity with electrochemical systems is preferred, but demonstrated experience in developing solutions for any kinds of novel processes is highly valued.
  • Proficiency in programming languages such as C++, Python, or MATLAB for automation systems.
  • Solid understanding of control theory, advanced process control, and data analysis techniques.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to develop innovative and robust solutions.
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams.
  • Experience with project management and the ability to work within project timelines and deliver results.
  • Commitment to safety protocols and awareness of environmental impacts associated with chemical production processes.
  • Authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary range: $90,000 to $115,000 per year. Negotiated salary is dependent on level of experience.

Benefits: Paid vacation and sick time, insurance (health, dental, and vision), 401(k). Additional benefits may be added as the company continues to grow.

Additional Information

Lectrolyst is committed to building a diverse team and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other legally protected class. All applicants must reside in the United States and must be able to demonstrate their legal right to work in the United States.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $90,000.00 – $115,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Experience level:

  • 3 years


  • Monday to Friday

Work setting:

  • In-person
  • Manufacturing facility

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Wilmington, DE 19803: Reliably commute or willing to relocate with an employer-provided relocation package (Required)


  • industrial automation: 2 years (Required)
  • chemical production industry: 2 years (Preferred)

Work Location: In person

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