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Instrumentation and Controls Engineer



United States
Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2024
About Travertine

Travertine is a Climate Tech start-up based in Boulder, CO that is rapidly scaling an electrochemical technology for carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and sustainable critical element extraction. Our process takes carbon dioxide from the air and sources of waste sulfate to produce carbonate minerals, sulfuric acid, and hydrogen. The sulfuric acid is used in extraction of critical elements like lithium and nickel for EV batteries and phosphorus for fertilizer. The Travertine Process was developed by Prof. Laura Lammers at her UC Berkeley lab. Travertine was founded in 2022 to scale this process to gigatons per year of CDR.

In 2022, we raised a seed round from the Grantham Foundation and Clean Energy Ventures, we were one of the first companies to receive pre-purchases of CDR from the new Stripe-led $1B Frontier fund, and we received a $2M grant from the DOE’s ARPA-E program. We were named C&EN 10 startups to watch in 2022, a Bloomberg NEF Pioneer in 2023, and are part of the RMI Third Derivative 1st Gigaton Captured program. We believe in developing practical approaches to solving the climate crisis.

The Role

The Instrumentation and Controls Engineer will be responsible for developing instrumentation and controls systems for Travertine’s in-house pilot, commercial-scale unit operations, demo-plant systems, and future commercial-scale systems. This will be the first dedicated I&C Engineer and will be working on an exciting process that combines electrolysis, direct air capture, and mineralization unit operations. This role will have end-to-end responsibility from control narrative and instrumentation specifications to implementation, troubleshooting, and operation for all I&C systems as we scale our process. The I&C Engineer will manage contractors as needed.

Key Responsibilities

  • Own I&C Engineering for the Travertine Process
  • Coordinate with Process and Electrolyzer R&D Engineering teams to define instrumentation and control requirements
  • Develop control narratives based on process engineering needs
  • Specify instrumentation including sensors, valves, PLCs, etc.
  • Code control system for the Travertine Process including developing HMIs for operation
  • Wire, install, troubleshoot, and adjust as needed industrial control systems for the Travertine Process at the pilot, demo, and eventually commercial-scale


  • 5+ years experience as an I&C engineer
  • Undergraduate degree in engineering
  • Demonstrated ability to develop control narratives based on input from process engineers
  • Demonstrated ability to develop complete Industrial Controls systems with a variety of PLCs and software platforms
  • Demonstrated ability to work with controls engineering contractors


  • Stock options
  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance
  • 401k with 3% match
  • Flexible time off policy

$100,000 - $140,000 a year

Range provided is for reference, compensation will be based on experience and qualifications.