Careers at TDA

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Open positions

Senior Research and Process Design Engineer

TDA Research has a position for a senior research and process design engineer to support the development of new catalytic and sorbent based processes, moving from laboratory experiments to the design, fabrication, safety review, commissioning and operation of pilot scale equipment. The ideal applicant would have experience in and be expected to participate in the following activities:

•  Designing and build first of a kind chemical and energy processes.
•  Managing the design and fabrication of new processes, including preparing engineering design packages and cost estimates, working with consultants or subcontractors, managing budgets and project schedules.
•  Developing preliminary designs of new chemical process equipment such as reactors, heat exchangers and separation equipment.
•  Participating in HAZOP and safety reviews.
•  Troubleshooting new chemical processes and pilot scale equipment.

Useful skills include the ability to:

•  Prepare and interpret mass and energy balances to understand and evaluate the system’s performance.
•  Interpret catalytic rate and sorbent performance data
•  Write up the results in reports, peer reviewed publications and conference proceedings.
•  Supervise staff in the design, building, running and evaluation of continuous laboratory and pilot scale processes.

The successful applicant will initially work on existing catalyst or sorbent related projects. In addition to design and project management work, they will supervise staff, help interpret document the results, and in collaboration with their supervisor, determine the next steps in the project. They will also participate in writing proposals for new funding, and progress to writing their own proposals and running their own research projects.

The successful applicant will have:

•  A Ph.D. in chemical or mechanical engineering, preferably with two or more years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree and five of more years of relevant experience.
•  Knowledge of catalytic and sorbent based processes.
•  Excellent writing and communications skills
•  A strong record of research as demonstrated by publications, preferably as a lead author, in peer reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences (please provide a publication list as part of your resume).
•  The ability to work on several tasks at once, in a team environment, under tight deadlines.

TDA Research, Inc., a research and development company located in Wheat Ridge, has an extensive and varied research program in catalysis and adsorption.  TDA’s projects range from the invention of new catalysts and sorbents through the construction and operation of pilot plants and facilities that run at the ton per hour scale. TDA’s objective is to carry out research that will lead to commercial products, and several products that are the result of our research are in commercial use.

For more information on TDA and the type of projects we carry out, please see our web site at TDA is an equal opportunity employer and offers a complete benefits package. 

Please send cover letter, resume and publication list and self-identification form (as described on the TDA/Careers pageto, ATTN: Senior Chemical Engineer

B.S./M.S.  Chemical or Mechanical Engineer

TDA has several positions open for B.S. / M.S. chemical and mechanical engineers.  TDA carries out R&D in catalysis and adsorption, aerospace components, and the development of new polymers, carbons and composite materials.  TDA’s objectives are to carry out research that will lead to commercial products, and several products that are the result of our research have gone into production or large scale use, and others are nearing commercialization. TDA has openings in the following research areas:

Catalysis and Adsorption:  Catalyst projects include the development and testing of catalysts for the reforming of methane and hydrocarbons, combustion catalysts, and homogeneous catalysis. Sorbent projects include both low temperature physical sorbents as well as high temperature chemically reactive sorbents. All of these projects involve hands on laboratory and pilot testing of the materials, including the design, building and use of automated chemical reactors, analysis of the data and the preparation of reports based on the data. All projects also involve the design and analysis of systems based on the new materials so a good understanding of kinetics, mass transfer, heat transfer, fluid flow, pressure vessel design and process design is required. A person with both theoretical knowledge as well as hands-on experience would be ideal. 

In all of the above positions knowledge pertinent to the particular area is a benefit, but our major requirements are a mastery of engineering fundamentals and experimental ability and experience.  TDA carries out work in a wide variety of areas, and virtually all staff work on two or three projects simultaneously.  Therefore, an interest in and ability to learn quickly is essential.  

TDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Gender/Minority/Veterans/Disabled, and offers a complete benefits package. 

Please send resumes to, ATTN: Chemical Engineer

Manufacturing Technician

TDA is looking for a full time technician (40 hours/week) to assist in the manufacturing, testing and shipping of chemical sorbents, and in the construction and debugging of the apparatus and procedures needed to make them. Experience in a manufacturing environment is essential. Ability and willingness to meet demanding schedules, a strong work ethic and a commitment to safety are essential. The position also requires adaptability and the willingness to continually learn and help develop new manufacturing protocols. Good computer, oral and written communication skills are also required, as is the ability to safely lift 50lbs. The candidate must be 18 year old, a US citizen and have completed high school; college level courses in science or engineering (AB or partially completed BS) would be a plus. The candidate may be required to pass a background check and drug screening test. TDA is an equal opportunity employer. Salary depends on experience.

TDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Gender/Minority/Veterans/Disabled, and offers a complete benefits package.  

Please send resumes to, ATTN: Manufacturing Technician

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