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Electrical Engineer Lead


Position: Electrical Engineer Lead

Location: Oakland, CA

Terms & Benefits: Full time, available immediately

How to Apply: Submit CV, cover letter, and portfolio to with the subject line: Electrical Engineer Lead


Position Details

CalWave’s mission is to provide reliable, cost-effective ocean wave technologies for sustainable energy access. 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 architectures (up to and including utility grid connections) for large applications (100 kW+) and electrical integration of multiple systems, experience with selection of power electronics (transformer, inverter, ..) and energy storage (e.g., DC bus, battery and capacitor systems), 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 electrical architecture design and commissioning from both 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 front-end design and component identification to component testing 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
  • Procure and commission power electronic components at drivetrain Hardware-In-The-Loop test benches as well as support integration into wave energy prototypes
  • Outreach and negotiations with product and component suppliers
  • Support team in all aspects of concept development, analysis, design, and specification
  • Ideally: Model electrical systems with PSCAD or similar tools in collaboration with controls and drivetrain experts to properly size power electronic components and optimize for efficiency and costs


  • 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 PSCAD 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 2023). 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’s vision is to unlock the power of ocean waves to secure a clean energy future. Our mission is to provide reliable, cost-effective ocean wave technologies for sustainable energy access. Our proprietary wave energy converter technology achieves high performance while surviving storms and extreme conditions by operating fully submerged at all times.

CalWave’s Major Milestones:

Wave power has the technically achievable potential to power 20-30% of US and EUs electricity needs. According to the US DOE, the US Wave Energy Technical Resource Total 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.