Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Engineer

Grand Forks, North Dakota (US)
Oct 12, 2020
Job Type
Full Time


The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is looking for an engineer or scientist with expertise in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) testing, operation and design, and electrochemistry and an active interest in research and development of SOFC-based energy technologies. This individual would support the creation of a new SOFC test facility; execute tasks associated with testing, evaluating, and optimizing high-temperature fuel cells; and participate in the development of new concepts and funding proposals to advance the technology.

Specific assignments may include developing new, innovative research concepts; writing proposals and securing research funding through public and/or private sources; and managing and executing research programs to advance energy technologies. Occasional business travel may be required.

This entry- to mid-level position is located at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), an international leader in energy and environmental research and development.

Duties & Responsibilities

The successful candidate would perform the following essential functions:

  • Assist in the design, fabrication, optimization, and operation of the EERC’s high-temperature fuel cell test facility, and other experimental equipment.
  • Develop test plans, execute experiments, review and analyze experimental data, and interpret results and assist project team/clients in improving technology performance.
  • Write reports and technical papers.
  • Develop innovative applied research concepts.
  • Participate in the preparation of funding proposals to expand the EERC’s electrochemical program.
  • Travel to support project activities.
  • Interact effectively with colleagues, clients, and project partners.
  • Present project results to clients.
  • Present papers at national and international conferences.

Required Competencies

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to prepare funding proposals, experimental plans, and technical reports
  • Customer-focused approach
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
  • Proven interest in advanced energy technology
  • Innovative approach to energy technology

At the EERC, we know our people are our greatest asset. Our team of over 200 is sought after worldwide to solve energy and environmental challenges in innovative ways. Since 1951, we’ve worked with over 1,300 clients in 53 countries. We recognize that quality, market-driven science and engineering technologies come from engaged, motivated employees. We encourage lifelong learning through our Employee Development Program and offer many opportunities for both professional and personal growth. In addition to competitive salaries and an outstanding benefits package, the EERC provides opportunities for inventors of commercialized technologies to share in the profits. As the EERC is part of the University of North Dakota, employees are eligible for tuition waivers and reduced tuition for family members. Apply with us for a position that can turn into a lifelong passion and a work environment that’s more like a family.

For more information regarding the EERC, visit

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering, material science, electrochemistry, or similar.
  • 1–10 years of hands-on experience (advanced degree and/or work experience) testing SOFCs and/or SOFC components.
  • Cover letter and resume.
  • Although not required by the EERC, some clients will require drug screenings.
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identify and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

This position does not support visa sponsorship for continued employment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in engineering, electrochemistry, material science, or related field.
  • Experience developing design of experiments (DOE) for SOFC system and components testing and optimization.
  • Project management/execution experience.
  • Experience in formulating concepts, writing funding proposals, and securing funding for research projects.
  • Hands-on experience with fuel cell components (catalyst, electrolyte, MEA, etc.) manufacture, operation, or testing.
  • Academic, postdoctoral, or work-related experience in:
    • Electrochemical measurement techniques such as cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and common potentiostatic and galvanostatic methods for SOFCs.
    • SOFCs, solid oxide electrolyzer cells (SOECs), and SOFC/SOEC systems.
    • Factors affecting long-term SOFC performance, such as performance limitations in cell components, feed impurities and common degradation phenomena in SOFCs.
    • Syngas-based SOFC system and component development/testing.
    • Modeling of SOFC system and components.

Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification

$65,000 Annual/Full-Time, Benefited, Exempt

Work Schedule

Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. This position may occasionally require field work for up to several weeks at a time, shift work, and/or after-hour activities.


Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual and sick leave. Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

To Apply

For full consideration, all application materials must be fully submitted by 11:59PM on the closing date.

Additional Information

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Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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