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Combustion Engineer

Modern Electron
BOTHELL, Washington 98011
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Modern Electron

Combustion Engineer

Bothell, WA - Full Time

Modern Electron has an immediate opening for a Combustion Engineer to support product engineering development programs. The Engineer will work with a team to develop combustion subsystems of our thermionic power generation products. 
In this role, you will be working with a team of Thermal-Mechanical and Design Engineers to design a combustion system that meets all required performance, cost, and schedule specifications. You will perform conceptual design and combustion/burner analyses; prepare design sketches and layouts; select raw materials; design and install new experimental burner/combustion test hardware; perform combustion experiments; and analyze test results.

Modern Electron is a start-up company dedicated to generating affordable, modular, and reliable electricity for all. Expensive mechanical engines and turbines based on 19th-century technology still generate the majority of the power used worldwide. We seek to replace them with compact heat-to-electricity generators. >$40MM venture capital is committed to our vision. We have enormous potential for learning, impact, and growth in a small and collaborative team setting. We value our ability to move fast to outpace larger companies and achieve what they cannot.


  • Design and assemble combustion test rigs, perform combustion experiments, and analyze test results
  • Create drawings for experimental components, sub-systems, and other mechanical assemblies
  • Support burner design concept generation, analysis, and optimization
  • Interface closely with combustion sub-system component suppliers
  • Interface with the multidisciplinary experimental, computational, and design teams to support validating analytical models with burner test data and iterate on prototype designs
  • Support the evaluation of next-generation designs by the R&D and Engineering teams


  • Hands-on experience designing and building combustion/burner test setups 
  • Hands-on experience planning and performing combustion experiments in a laboratory environment and theoretical/computational analysis
  • Knowledge of combustion chemistry, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics including: flame propagation in complex fuel mixtures and combustion kinetics & chemistry 
  • Experience analyzing laboratory and/or field test data to correlate and validate analytical models
  • Excellent problem solving and communication skills
  • Impeccable written and verbal communication
  • Ability and enthusiasm to work as part of a highly collaborative, dynamic, and diverse team


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Physics, Chemical Engineering, or similar - Master’s Degree preferred 
  • 3+ years of commercial or industrial experience designing combustion equipment and related support systems for residential, commercial, or industrial applications


  • Background in combustion and emissions for gas boilers, gas furnaces, or micro-combustion systems
  • Hands-on experience designing, building, and evaluating new combustion systems
  • Hands-on experience using CAD tools (SolidWorks preferred) to create mechanical models, fabrication drawings, and assembly drawings
  • Startup company experience

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
We are an equal opportunity employer.


Posted: 2021-02-16 Expires: 2021-03-18

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