Mechanical/Systems Engineer

  • Full-time
  • Cambridge, MA

2022-07-26 02:00:47 UTC

About Lydian

Lydian’s mission is to reduce CO2 emissions in some of the hardest-to-decarbonize sectors, including aviation, shipping, and heavy industry. We are pioneering a new reactor technology for the production of synthetic fuels and chemicals from CO2. Lydian was founded in 2021 and is funded by top venture capitalists including Union Square Ventures, Voyager Ventures, Congruent Ventures, and Global Founders Capital.

As a founding Mechanical/Systems Engineer, you will be one of Lydian’s first employees and will lead the reactor design and systems engineering initiatives for Lydian’s proprietary CO2-to-fuels process. You will play a critical role in shaping Lydian’s commercialization roadmap. This role will report directly to Lydian’s co-founder and CTO and is expected to develop into a managerial position. As a critical early hire, you will receive a competitive salary and equity compensation.

Company culture and benefits

  • Challenging, collaborative, and meaningful work and an important voice in company development

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience

  • Meaningful equity compensation. You will be a core part of Lydian and should reap the rewards of the company’s success

  • Unlimited PTO and expectation that all employees take significant time off to rest, recharge, and enjoy life outside work

  • Flexible working style to the extent that work allows. While much of the technical development will require significant in-person presence, the portions that do not can be completed wherever works best for you

  • Excellent health, vision, and dental insurance with 100% of premiums covered

Your responsibilities

  • Define and lead reactor design and integration activities to productize and demonstrate our CO2-to-fuels system

  • Work with manufacturers and suppliers to develop robust and cost-effective decision-making in design

  • Lead electronic power management, mechanical design (CAD), and process integration efforts

  • Collaborate with our R&D engineering team to develop a product roadmap and translate research findings into reactor prototypes and demonstrations

  • Give regular updates and recommendations to the broader team

About you

  • You are an engineer with a systems-oriented approach to design and integration

  • You enjoy work that spans multiple disciplines (e.g. chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering)

  • You are execution-oriented with a focus on delivering scalable system designs and prototypes

  • You are able to break complex problems down into achievable goals and communicate them clearly

  • You are excited by the idea of working closely with a small technical team


  • Ph.D. in System, Mechanical, Chemical, or Electrical Engineering with a focus on multi-component system design and development or Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of outstanding industry experience

  • Experience leading product development efforts

  • Experience with CAD, advanced manufacturing techniques, metallurgy, and prototyping

  • Experience performing techno-economic analysis