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Summit Nanotech is a burgeoning start-up that is leveraging recent advances in nanotechnologies to create and implement solutions for the industrial extraction of lithium from brines. Our solutions will reduce emissions, eliminate environmental contaminants, and optimize inefficient processes to generate legitimately green energy storage solutions. Summit Nanotech has established industrial and academic partnerships to develop optimal solutions based on cutting-edge research in the direct lithium extraction space. We believe that combining great people with high autonomy is key to our success.

 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, disability, citizenship status, marital status, actual or perceived sexual orientation. We value diversity and recognize that experience comes in many forms and skills are transferable. If you feel passionate about this opportunity and believe that you have the skills to excel in this role, apply! 

Membrane Specialist

 

We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated scientist with a background in polymer membrane research and/or production to lead the development of an innovative method of selective lithium extraction from brines using bipolar membranes. Reporting to the VP Technology and Innovation, this scientist will work closely with our internal team to screen materials, produce membrane prototypes, and optimize parameters to build upon the existing foundation of the project.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Research, understand, and develop a testing plan to build upon the foundation of the current project

  • Screen and test a variety of polymer and lithium-selective materials in prototypes to optimize the lithium extraction performance

  • Perform research and consult experts to inform the design of the lithium extraction unit

  • Conduct experiments under defined conditions to verify/reject various types of hypotheses using refined scientific methods

  • Lead the project internally with the support of the R&D and prototyping teams as well as the VP Technology and Innovation

  • Collaborate closely with the technology development and engineering teams to align the apparatus with the process requirements

  • Communicate and collaborate with external customers and research teams

  • Organize and store all chemicals substances, fluids and compressed gases according to safety instructions

  • Record all data and results in specified forms (paper and electronic) with accuracy and responsibility

  • Maintain equipment and assist in ordering laboratory supplies

  • Ensure that all safety guidelines are followed strictly at all times and maintain a clean and orderly environment

 

Qualifications and Skills 

  • M.Sc. or Ph.D. in engineering or chemistry

  • Experience in membrane production and polymers with specific experience with bipolar membrane design and production an asset

  • Proven experience in a research and/or scientific design role

  • Experience in operating electrical and nonelectrical laboratory equipment and potentially dangerous substances (flammable liquids, infectious bacteria, biohazards etc.)

  • Knowledge of QHSE Systems, preventative measures and laboratory best practices

  • Good physical condition and endurance

  • Working knowledge of MS Office (especially Excel) and database systems

  • Ability to work autonomously and under pressure

  • Self-motivated, proactive and flexible with potential to work in a fast-paced, nimble team environment

  • Highly effective communication skills 

  • Effective time management, organization, and prioritization skills

  • High level technical skills and willingness to learn

  • Creative perspective and out-of-the-box thinker

Field Operations Supervisor

 

Location: Calgary, Alberta with international travel 

We are looking for an innovative, resourceful, and people-focused leader to join the Field Operations team. If you are looking for excitement, challenges, and a position to use your creativity, Summit is the place to be. We are a start-up ready to deploy an international pilot plant!

Reporting to the Field Operations Manager, you will be responsible and engaged in many areas such as team leadership, project management, and plant operations and maintenance. This role will work closely with a team of technical staff to safely and effectively supervise and operate our technology pilot in Chile this year, which will include an operational tour of 4-6 months.

 

Role and Responsibilities

  • Furthering and implementing an environment, health, and safety program

  • Ensure that all safety guidelines are always followed strictly and maintain a clean and orderly environment

  • Project management: planning, scheduling, budgeting, and execution

  • Developing standard operating procedures

  • Contractor management

  • Coordinate, supervise, and perform plant operations and maintenance

  • Crew leadership

  • Supervising and training employees

  • Analyzing and reporting on performance

  • Participate in strategic planning and goal setting

  • Provide administrative support

 

Qualifications and Skills

  • Degree in Engineering or Certified tradesperson (equipment technician, instrumentations and controls, electrician, boilermaker, industrial mechanic)

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, with intermediate to advanced Excel knowledge

  • High verbal and written communication skills in English and Spanish

  • Enjoys teaching and mentoring

  • Organized with strong time management skills

  • Self-motivated and resourceful

  • Ability to work autonomously and under pressure

  • Proactive and flexible with potential to work in a fast-paced, nimble team environment

  • Effective time management, organization, and prioritization skills

  • High-level technical skills and willingness to learn

Optics

Engineer

 

We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated scientist with a background in optics, sensor development, analytical chemistry and/or electronics to lead the development of an inline sensor for lithium detection. Reporting to the VP Technology and Innovation, this scientist will work closely with an external team of experts to develop a sensor based on existing technology and lead the project internally once a prototype has been developed. The role would initially be located in Montreal, with an expectation that the project to develop the sensor will transition to Summit’s headquarters in Calgary mid-2022. 

Role and Responsibilities

  • Learn from and support a team of experts in developing a lithium-specific sensor based on existing technology.Test the sensor and optimize for the conditions required for the direct lithium extraction process.

  • Perform research and consult experts to inform the design of the sensor

  • Conduct experiments under defined conditions to verify/reject various types of hypotheses using refined scientific methods

  • Lead the project internally after development of a successful prototype

  • Collaborate closely with the technology development and engineering teams to align the sensor development with the process requirements.

  • Organize and store all chemicals substances, fluids and compressed gases according to safety instructions.

  • Record all data and results in specified forms (paper and electronic) with accuracy and responsibility

  • Maintain equipment and assist in ordering laboratory supplies

  • Ensure that all safety guidelines are followed strictly at all times and maintain a clean and orderly environment

 

Qualifications and Skills

  • M.Sc. or Ph.D. in engineering or chemistry

  • Experience in optics, sensor development, lasers, analytical chemistry, and electronic design an asset

  • Proven experience in a research and/or scientific design role

  • Experience in operating electrical and nonelectrical laboratory equipment and potentially dangerous substances (flammable liquids, infectious bacteria, biohazards etc.)

  • Knowledge of QHSE Systems, preventative measures and laboratory best practices

  • Good physical condition and endurance

  • Working knowledge of MS Office (especially Excel) and database systems

  • Ability to work autonomously and under pressure

  • Self-motivated, proactive and flexible with potential to work in a fast-paced, nimble team environment

  • Highly effective communication skills

  • Effective time management, organization, and prioritization skills

  • High level technical skills and willingness to learn

  • Creative perspective and out-of-the-box thinker