Catalyst Measurement Technical Specialist

Last updated 11 days ago
Location:Madison, Wisconsin


Chemical or Electrochemical Performance Testing - Designs tests measuring chemical transformation of species, selectivity, electric yield, response to chemical and physical environments in order to determine performance, durability, or state of health of chemically or electrochemically active components; examines and interprets test data using analysis methods to draw conclusions that influence hardware and controls design decisions and to provide information for computational tools development.

Characterization of Chemical Systems - Designs and conducts tests of physicochemical properties, for example morphology, acid-base and redox properties, diffusion characteristics, impedance behaviors, solubility, and chemical poisoning, in order to aid in diagnostics and prediction of performance and health of chemically active components.

Accelerated Aging Testing and Analysis - Designs and constructs laboratory equipment to simulate various aging exposures relevant to practical applications of active chemical components, including thermal cycling, chemical poisoning, and physical masking.

Simulation of Chemical Systems - Determines chemical or electrochemical performance of chemically active components and systems via numerical modeling; estimates conversion, selectivity, electrical yield, resistance, and state of health via numerical computations to evaluate and guide hardware and controls design decisions.

System Capability Engineering - Identifies system capability and risks through analysis or experimental testing of the system, sub-system, or super system in the context of its environment; negotiates and verifies requirements against capability to guide project scope and system development accordingly; assesses legacy system versus proposed new system solution capabilities and makes decisions as to how best to achieve system capability with consideration of stakeholder trade-offs.

Product Problem Solving - Solves product problems using a process that protects the customer; determines the assignable cause; implements robust, data-based solutions; and identifies the systemic root causes and recommended actions to prevent problem reoccurrence.

Decision quality - Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.

Drives results - Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.

Communicates effectively - Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.

Builds networks - Effectively building formal and informal relationship networks inside and outside the organization.

Resourcefulness - Securing and deploying resources effectively and efficiently.

Manages complexity - Making sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.

Education, Licenses, Certifications

College, university, or equivalent Bachelor's degree in Engineering or other relevant technical disciplines is required. Post-graduate (Master's) degree relevant to this discipline area may be required for select roles.
This position may require licensing for compliance with export controls or sanctions regulations.


Prior Senior or Lead Engineer equivalent work experience in a relevant discipline area is required with a demonstrated track record of technical problem solving and quality decision making. Knowledge of MS Office tools is preferred
Note - Post-graduate (master's/Ph.D.) study in the area of experimental characterization of catalysts or bachelor's degree plus equivalent relevant industrial experience is required for this role (see Education, Licenses, Certifications) above.

Product Objectives: Characterization of function of new, artificially aged, system tested, and customer used heterogeneous catalysts in diesel & natural gas aftertreatment systems: diesel oxidation (DOC), ammonia slip (ASC), and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalysts.

Methods: Catalyst core and powder reactor testing, DRIFTS surface reaction measurement, BET surface area assessment performed by the team, chemical characterization (EDS and ICP-MS) performed by others

Balance of work: The Stoughton lab has both engineers and technicians, but strong experience in test tools and methods is part of the team – hands-on work in the lab is a significant part of an engineer’s work, so proficiency in testing is important, as is enjoying testing.

Larger department: The Chemistry & Kinetics team is one part of a larger group of testing and simulation specialists in engine-based emissions, the thermal and fluid sciences including spray characterization, materials engineering, emissions regulatory compliance, and applied mechanics. Collaboration within the team helps us to learn adjacent sciences and to combine skills and provide cross-disciplinary answers.