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Field Engineer I / II



Woburn, MA, USA · Cambridge, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Field Engineer I / II

West Monroe, LA

Overview of Role

ZwitterCo is seeking a motivated, versatile Field Engineer I/II to operate its cutting-edge membrane solutions. The candidate will have a critical role in managing field operations and ensuring project and customer success. Candidates should have experience in relevant scientific or engineering disciplines along with a demonstrated track record of rapidly mastering new domains and outstanding interpersonal skills.

Candidates who thrive in fast-paced, self-critical growth environments are particularly encouraged to apply.

About ZwitterCo

ZwitterCo has developed a breakthrough in materials science, a new class of zwitterionic membranes that are immune to fouling, making it practical and affordable to treat unconventional water and wastewater. Our mission is to provide industries with the tools to create clean water from every source, whether it involves accessing novel sources of water, shoring up distressed assets, or enabling onsite wastewater reuse. ZwitterCo was named Global Water Intelligence’s 2023 Breakthrough Water Technology Company of the year and has commercial operations in multiple food and beverage, agricultural, and industrial sectors. The company is rapidly growing its global footprint, as well as advancing its technology platform to develop new tools that unlock broader water and wastewater applications.

Responsibilities include:

The candidate’s primary responsibility will be the successful deployment and execution of pilot- and commercial-scale installations of our membrane technology at customer sites. These projects require the commissioning and operation of skid-mounted process equipment. Successful candidates will be able to calibrate instrumentation safely and efficiently, perform maintenance, troubleshoot malfunctions, take water samples, and analyze performance trends in real-time. The candidate will be expected to establish and maintain excellent working relationships with staff at the customer sites and project a competent, professional demeanor during all interactions at customer sites. Customer engagement will also involve safety training, handoff of process equipment to customer personnel, and remote support. The candidate will also have secondary responsibilities in the ZwitterCo lab, such as bench-scale applications testing prior to pilot deployments.

  • Operation of both PLC-based and manual process equipment
  • Calibration of common instrumentation, including flowmeters and pH probes
  • Sampling of process streams according to EPA and other methodologies
  • Perform routine in-field water quality analysis using field-ready chemistry kits (i.e. Hach or equivalent)
  • Troubleshoot control and programming issues, including tuning of PID control loops to eliminate instabilities and improve response times
  • Make in-field modifications to process equipment, such as modifying pipe runs or installing new equipment (welding experience not required)
  • Assist with the preparation of compelling reports and presentations for clients from field data and operating results, demonstrating strong communication and presentation skills
  • Maintain professional and unflappable composure, especially when troubleshooting and performing client-facing activities
  • Work with people of all backgrounds, education, and technical competency
  • Maintain a valid driver’s license and clean driving record and be willing to travel by car or air to customer sites
  • Work long hours (12h/day) during two-week deployments when supporting field operations
  • Monitor pilot operations remotely and provide on-call assistance to customers
  • Other responsibilities as assigned


A degree from a vocational school, an associate or bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering preferred.

Other areas of education that would enable a candidate to thrive are: Industrial Electrical Technology (IET), mechanical engineering, math, or water treatment.

  • Must have strong math skills
  • The ability to perform routine water treatment calculations is preferred
  • 1-5+ years of hands-on experience with water treatment equipment, such as pumps. Control values, flowmeters, etc
  • Mechanical background, such as experience working in an autobody shop
  • Experience with membrane technology is highly desired

Schedule, Travel, Compensation, and Location

This position is based in West Monroe, LA and will report directly to the Senior Manager or Field Engineering.

Travel for this role is expected to be 50-75%, depending on project pipeline and schedule.

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and will include equity and benefits.