Coordinator: Research & Technology Development Team
- Oportunidad de empleo publicado(a) por Caminos de Agua
Tipo de contrato
San Miguel de Allende
The Research and Technology Development Team (“Tech Team”) at Caminos de Agua is the organization’s technical arm. The team focuses on:
● Developing novel water-related technologies;
● Optimizing existing water technologies;
● Improving manufacturing processes;
● Rigorously piloting and testing all technologies before implementation; and
● Collaborating with other branches of Caminos de Agua to plan successful technology implementation strategies.
The coordinator supervises Tech Team members and oversees all research and development projects at Caminos de Agua. The coordinator acts as a bridge between the Tech Team and Caminos de Agua’s executive staff, making sure that all research and development work is aligned with the organization’s priorities.
The Tech Team coordinator has a diverse set of responsibilities. The team has historically been made up of students, recent graduates, professional placements, and volunteers. They
come from science and engineering programs around the world, through NGO partners like Engineers Without Borders - UK, and through our becari@ program that recruits recent
Mexican graduates for six-month placements. Managing such a diverse array of scientists and engineers -- including chemists, coders, material scientists, treatment plant design specialists, and mechanical, civil, environmental, chemical, and manufacturing engineers -- requires the coordinator to be flexible, have a broad background, and change tasks quickly.
The coordinator must think ahead and recruit enough qualified staff to keep the organization’s projects moving forward on schedule. While still giving appropriate technical guidance on current projects. The coordinator also manages relationship with technical advisors, university contacts, and research partners, and connects members of the Tech Team to mentorship and/or professional development opportunities. The coordinator reports to and works with the executive director on a weekly basis.
Current Tech Team projects include ceramic filter optimization, media development for arsenic and fluoride adsorption, and groundwater treatment system piloting. Caminos de
Agua’s ceramic filters remove sediment and 99.9999% of biological pathogens from rain and surface water. While we have distributed over 2,000 units over the past five years, we are
looking to scale production, improve quality, and make the filter universally installable and compatible with other inline filters. This project involves working with industry contacts and distribution partners, designing quality experiments and controls, mechanical adapter design and testing, shipping considerations, and design of granular media cartridges. The media development project uses primarily chemical engineering and material science to develop novel sorbents to efficiently, effectively remove arsenic and fluoride from drinking water at a
low cost. We are currently piloting an arsenic-removal system and soon hope to be piloting centralized and decentralized systems that remove both arsenic and fluoride. Future projects
may include rainwater harvesting technology design and optimization, new filtration projects, groundwater analysis, arsenic and fluoride detection, and others.
Since the Coordinator position is demanding and has many diverse responsibilities, to ease the transition, this position has a built-in changeover period, compensated at partial salary,
where you will work hand-in-hand with the current Coordinator. This six-month period includes a three to four month stint as a member of the Tech Team, followed by a co-coordination period where you and the current Coordinator will manage the Tech Team together. After that time is complete, you will be transitioned into the Coordinator role. To make sure that this transition happens smoothly, we can accommodate various starting dates and compensation during this overlap period.
Nivel de idiomas
Spanish, working proficiency
Nivel mínimo de educación
Send a cover letter and resume to Aaron Krupp at