Electrical Engineer Lead

Location: Oakland, CA

Terms & Benefits: Full time, available immediately

How to Apply: Submit CV, cover letter, and portfolio to joincalwave@gmail.com with subject line: Electrical Engineer Lead

Position Details

CalWave’s mission is to provide a solution to secure clean, affordable and reliable electricity and freshwater for coastal communities. Our team members are active learners who enjoy working on tough technology problems in massive markets and embody our values of humanity, excellence and creativity. The company is backed by several development contracts with the U.S. Department of Energy and committed investors.

CalWave is seeking a dynamic and innovative Lead Electrical Engineer to further advance CalWave’s proprietary and high-performance wave energy converter technology to multi-unit commercial scale deployments. The ideal candidate is an effective communicator, and will thrive in a cross-disciplinary team. The selected individual will work closely with CalWave engineers and CalWave’s world class industry and R&D partners (including UC Berkeley, Sandia National Labs, NREL, and industrial partners) to support the electrical architecture design of CalWave’s Wave Energy Converter and refinement of overall electric device architecture and power electronic systems.

The preferred candidate should have experience designing low and mid voltage electric infrastructures (up to and including utility grid connections) for large applications (100 kW+) and electrical integration of multiple systems, experience with design of power smoothing and energy storage (e.g., DC bus, battery and capacitor systems), inverter and motor drives involving sizing, specification, procurement and operation of related power electronic systems. The preferred candidate should possess strong analytical and technical skills, with demonstrable ability to understand complex systems, identify both opportunities and hurdles to drivetrain development from a technical and cost perspective, and develop conceptual and detailed modeling tools to capture potential impacts and benefits at the system level.  The ideal candidate will also have experience in cross-functional coordination with technical disciplines involved in hardware prototyping activities, Hardware-In-The-Loop testing, power system managing and storage (batteries, capacitors), and correlating control design.


  • Serve as a technical lead electrical engineer in all design and execution phases from component testing on test rigs to Wave Energy Converter integration and shore electrical network interconnection phase.
  • Design and engineering of low level (device side) and mid level (shore interconnection) electrical networks adhering to all relevant IEC/IEEE standards.
  • Select sensors/transducers for IEC/IEEE conforming power quality and metrics measurements.
  • Procure and commission power electronic components at drivetrain Hardware-In-The-Loop test benches as well as support integration into wave energy prototypes.
  • Collaborate with the simulations and controls team at CalWave to properly size power electronic components and optimize for efficiency and costs.
  • Outreach to and negotiations with product and component suppliers.
  • Support team in all aspects of concept development, analysis, design and specification.


  • Minimum qualifications MS (or BS with relevant experience) in electrical engineering
  • 3-5+ years of experience in designing low and mid level voltage electric networks 
  • Hands on experience in commissioning and operating electric power electronics components
  • Ideal candidate would have experience in designing energy recuperation systems (e.g. EV recuperation)
  • Ideal candidate would be proficient with modeling tools suitable for electrical network design such as Matlab Simulink or similar.
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Passionate team worker with self-starter and entrepreneurial spirit

Location & Benefits:

Oakland, CA (Currently WFH, test rig work planned for 2021). Full-time. Competitive salary and equity options depending on experience. A health care supplement is included. Dynamic and impactful work environment.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

CalWave Power Technologies Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. 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.

At CalWave, we are working toward a 100% renewable energy future for everyone in the world. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all our employees and are seeking to build a team that reflects the diversity of the people we hope to serve with our revolutionary products. CalWave is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


Company Background:

CalWave Power Technologies Inc. (CalWave) is developing a game-changing next generation and patent pending Wave Energy Converter (WEC) to harness the vastly available, predictable and stable energy from ocean waves to serve coastal communities. CalWave spun out from UC Berkeley, graduated from Cyclotron Road at the end of 2016 and was awarded the DOEby DOE US Wave Energy Prize. In 2017, CalWave was awarded a multi-million open water demonstration contract by the US DOE. In 2019, CalWave received two additional multi-million dollar awards by DOE contract to 1) build a commercial scale drive train in parallel to our open water demo and 2) design the next generation of its submerged pressure differential WEC.

Wave power has the technically achievable potential to power 20-30% of US and EUs electricity needs. According to the US DOE the Wave Energy Technical Resource Total US is 898-1229 TWh/year (22-30% of demand).

Environmental impact and sustainability are a critical concern of CalWave. The 2018 State of Knowledge For Environmental Effects and the 2016 State of the Science report summarizes and places in context information about the environmen­tal effects of marine energy systems, to the extent that the information is currently available.