Lead Engineer Job Description

About Accelerate Wind

Accelerate Wind is an early-stage startup that is working to revolutionize rooftop wind energy in the commercial and industrial spaces by drastically lowering the cost of small wind turbine technologies. This includes development of a patent-pending powertrain concept which drastically reduces the cost of wind turbine power electronics through intermediate energy storage in a small flywheel, and development of a system to capture increased wind flows at the edges of commercial building rooftops. The technology is being developed in collaboration with scientists at Argonne National Laboratory as a part of the Chain Reaction Innovations incubation program, and has operations in Chicago, IL and St. Louis, MO.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send an email to info@acceleratewind.com with a description of their interest and resume

Job Description

Accelerate Wind is looking for a team member who is passionate about building new things from the ground up, and who is excited to build a company that can grow fast and make a big impact. We’re looking for an early team member to take a leadership role in technical development of one or more of the following technical subsystems:

•         Designing and sourcing of small (<10 kW) generators and inverters

•         Design of control systems for complex electro-mechanical systems

•         Wind energy modeling and component selection

•         Flywheel design/development

•         Mechanical design and design for manufacture

An ideal candidate for the role will have specific knowledge or experience with at least one of these development areas and should be comfortable working in others, though the role will likely evolve to include leadership in only 1-2 of the areas. See below for details of the work being done in each of the different development areas

Who You Are

•         B.S. or higher in mechanical or electrical engineering

•         Experienced and ready to take leadership of one of our development areas

•         Not afraid of hands on work and significant prototyping

•         Excited to make a big difference in a small team

•         Passionate about sustainability and renewable energy

•         Able to work well in teams as well as own projects individually

•         5+ years work experience or equivalent preferred

Development Areas

Designing and sourcing small (<10 kW) generators and inverters:

The development area related to generators and inverters involves aspects from early prototyping through eventual production of the technology. The scale may range from 500W for smaller prototypes through 10kW for some of the bigger systems. Tasks include selection/design of generators, selection/design of inverters, safety/certification considerations, supply chain planning and grid connection knowledge. Candidates comfortable taking requirements for generator and power electronics systems and turning those into either prototype or production systems will do well in this development area.

Design of control systems for complex electro-mechanical systems

This development area consists of developing and implementing a control system for our flywheel-based drivetrain, optimizing for efficiency and reliability metrics across a wide range of simulated wind profiles. This task will be highly integrated with each of the other tasks described, as control system capabilities will affect component selection.

Wind energy modeling and component selection

This development area involves selection/design of wind turbine blades, and the structure which integrates into the roof allowing for capture of increased wind flows. In this role, the engineer will need to interface heavily with outputs from team members working on structural engineering design, CFD modeling, and wind forecasting. Skills in design for manufacture are a plus and a good understanding of computational fluid dynamics are a plus.

Flywheel design/development

This development area involves selection, design, and testing of a small flywheel to meet drive train requirements. Design for manufacturing and prototyping skills are desired for this area.


·        Flexible work hours

·        Opportunities for leadership and autonomy

·        Work with world-class scientists at Argonne National Lab

·        Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience

·        Stock options

We’re passionately working to bring new renewable energy technology into the world as rapidly as possible. If you are looking for a typical 9-5 job, keep looking. If you are looking for a way to dive in and make a big impact with a passionate team, let’s talk!

Job Location

Strong preference for candidate to be located in Chicago, IL or willing to relocate. Remote work may be discussed in extenuating circumstances, depending on the applicable tasks.