Associate Director for Energy
Building ventures that accelerate the net-zero carbon transition.
Full time, starting asap, remotely and/or London-based.
About Deep Science Ventures
Deep Science Ventures (DSV) is a venture creator, combining available scientific knowledge and founder-type scientists into high-impact ventures, to build a future where both humans and the planet thrive.
DSV operates in 4 sectors: Agriculture, Computation, Energy and Pharmaceuticals, tackling the challenges defining those areas by taking a first-principles approach and partnering with leading institutions.
In the energy team we are focusing on driving and accelerating the net-zero carbon transition. We think it is key to deliver innovations in carbon mitigation as well as carbon removal technologies to achieve maximal impact in solving climate change. In investigating carbon mitigation technologies, it will be essential to identify routes by which we can decarbonise heating, avoid material breakdown to CO2 or propose novel materials that can replace carbon intensive matter. Equally maximising CO2 drawdown capacity of biotic, abiotic and artificial strategies and proposing new ways of how CO2 can be stored or utilised are in the centre of our attention. On our path to achieve these outcomes we need to solve numerous constraints related to planet-positive investing, material development, process design and automation.
You can read more about our energy thesis here.
About the role
We’re looking for someone to take on all of DSV’s work in the Energy sector globally. You will be responsible for everything from deciding which opportunity areas we pursue and which partners we bring on board, to selecting founders and directing ventures based on your vision for what the sector should look like in 5-15 years. It’s essentially an opportunity to build your own portfolio of energy startups, backed by our funding, our expertise in in-house venture development and sourcing, and attracting founder-type technical talent.
You will also have the opportunity to work with pre-seed and seed stage companies that are already in our portfolio (we’ve got a number of exciting energy companies currently in stealth mode that are not displayed on our website).
As with other sectors we are already building out key partnerships that provide testbeds, rapid prototyping, specific investment and growth experience and academic partners, whilst carefully avoiding getting caught up in the status quo.
The role requires sufficient breadth and depth of insight across energy related fields both in terms of the science and industry dynamics. First-hand startup experience is ideal (either as a founder or part of an early team at a startup), although we’re open to other evidence that demonstrates opportunity-driven mindset and other founder-type characteristics.
Ideally you’ll have:
● Background in biotech, engineering science or similar disciplines (e.g. PDEng, MIChemE, MSc or PhD in physics, nuclear engineering, biophysics, etc.) or demonstrated experience working with and progressing projects in complex technical subjects;
● Experience of working in a startup environment with focus on commercial outcomes; and/or
● Industry insight having worked with leading energy companies or spent time evaluating the sector.
More than anything we’re looking for you to bring a vision of how you would drive the development of the sector, the current constraints and how to overcome them, an eye for opportunity and the founder type mindset to bring together the right people to make it happen.
What you’ll get
● Industry beating equity incentivisation;
● Carried interest from portfolio realisations;
● Option to work either in Central London from high spec offices, or remotely with allowances for co-working and travel to London;
● Access to advisors as part of a carefully-curated sector advisory council, made up of exited energy sector entrepreneurs, world-experts, leading investors and industry figureheads.
A mix of DSV core team and our Founders at the Climate-focused social we organised in December 2021.