Technical Project Manager - Thermal Research

Treau is a seed-stage hardware startup in the Mission District of San Francisco, CA. We are making home heaters and air conditioners that are better for the environment, easier to install, and more pleasant to use. Treau started in 2017 as part of Otherlab, a group of inventors, engineers, scientists, and business people striving to impact the energy, robotics, manufacturing, and education sectors. We are currently a team of about twenty looking to grow our team and launch our first product.

Our mission is to cool the world by transforming every home to be more comfortable and healthy for the people who inhabit it - without compromising the environment. We are looking for a project manager to support the Thermal Team’s efforts to develop advanced technologies that reduce the environmental cost of building heating and cooling. Office work for this position will be remote until San Francisco public health guidance allows on-site office work to resume.


  • Manage thermal R+D projects from concept to production

  • Work with engineers and leadership to develop and manage project timelines and budgets

  • Develop internal document management tools to track design history, test results, etc.

  • Support parts procurement, purchasing, and sourcing activities; assist with vendor management

  • Manage thermal team simulation and testing activities (inhouse and outsourced)

  • Lead efficient team meetings that highlight changes, blockers, next steps and action items; take useful meeting notes

  • Identify areas which need improved resourcing, such as tasks with slipping deadlines

  • Manage grant-funded activities: write technical progress reports, communicate timeline updates, assist with proposal writing

  • Communicate effectively to motivate others to improve productivity, including multi-tasking, being agile and flexible, giving and receiving feedback, solving problems and taking initiative

Desired Qualifications

  • 3+ years of project management experience involving designing, simulating, building, and testing of physical parts

  • Comfort with the fundamentals of heat transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics

  • Outstanding planning and organizational skills

  • Experience managing projects involving domestic and international vendors

  • Proven experience working in a fast-paced, cross-functional environment, with people from diverse backgrounds

Bonus Qualifications

  • Experience with early stage R+D projects

  • Experience in the HVAC, automotive, or aerospace industry

  • Experience with grant management and/or proposal writing

  • Experience with regulation/certification/homologation processes

  • Experience managing software projects

  • Experience managing and mentoring others