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Battery Material Scientist

  • San Francisco
  • Research & Development
  • Full Time
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Job Summary

The Advanced Engineering & Research team develops transformative battery designs and novel product concepts to speed global electric vehicle adoption and energy decarbonization.

Your focus as a Material Scientist will be to develop and scale new cell technologies to radically improve energy density, power, safety, and/or cost vs. conventional EV technologies. Your work will take advantage of ONE’s unique hybrid pack architecture and high power-density DCDC converter, which enable the use of cells with significantly reduced life, power, and temperature requirements, accelerating the time to market of new cell and materials technology. You will lead projects with material suppliers, cell manufacturers, and ONE’s in-house cell and pack development teams to synthesize, formulate, characterize, and scale new materials.

We are looking for passionate scientists who share our values. Our team is comprised of various integrated disciplines, including chemistry/materials, mechanical, thermal, electrical, and software. Therefore, collaboration in group settings and clear communication with people within and outside your technical discipline are critical to becoming a successful team member.

You should enjoy working on a small team where you will have substantial and critical responsibility for parts of the final product. We are working on groundbreaking technologies, so you’ll be energetic, adaptable, and a fast learner who can make quick design judgments with limited information. As a founding member of this group, you will also play a crucial role in growing the team to meet continuously evolving challenges.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops improved cell chemistries and/or pack materials optimized for ONE’s pack architectures.

  • Works with ONE’s lab operations team to synthesize, formulate, and characterize new materials.

  • Evaluates and selects the most promising materials technologies from vendors for use in ONE cells and packs.

  • Leads projects with material suppliers to customize materials for ONE’s pack architectures

  • Works with our manufacturing team to scale your discovered materials for prototyping, pilot, and production.

  • Other duties as assigned

Within 3 months you will:

  • Establishes SOPs for material formulation and testing

  • Identifies promising material technologies for ONE’s hybrid pack architecture

  • Initiates one or more projects for new or optimized materials for ONE’s products

  • Becomes familiar with the ONE team and established products

Within 6 months you will:

  • Takes ownership of development and scaling of critical materials for ONE’s cell and/or pack programs

  • Validates improved materials in large format (>10 Ah) cells and surrogate modules

  • Establishes a roadmap and R&D plan for radical improvement in material performance

Education and/or Experience

You should be familiar with all, proficient with many, and expert at some of the following, in no particular order:

  • PhD or equivalent experience in chemistry, material science, or related field

  • Proven track record in discovery of new materials, synthetic processes, or analytical methods

  • Experience in electrochemistry, structural materials, and/or adhesives in a laboratory environment

  • Experience with materials development for batteries is a plus

  • Strong written/verbal communication and organizational skills

  • 2+ years of experience in battery engineering a plus

We encourage you to apply even if you don’t match every requirement posted for this role. No candidate will be a perfect match to our description, so if you are passionate about working on batteries, vehicle electrification, or decarbonizing energy and have similar experience to what we are looking for, we encourage you to apply. Diverse backgrounds and experiences promote innovation, and our goal is to build a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sit at a desk and work on a computer for prolonged periods of time

  • Walk/move around and/or travel as needed

Work Schedule

  • Full-time 40 hours and generally scheduled Monday through Friday 9am-6pm

  • Flexible work schedule and environment, see company policy if applicable.

  • Work schedule to be established with supervisor to ensure Company’s client and business needs are met

Miscellaneous

Our Next Energy, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of Sex or Gender identity, Mental disability or physical disability, Religion, Age, National origin or ethnicity, Sexual orientation, Marital status, Veteran status or Parental status.

Our Next Energy, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of Sex or gender identity, Mental disability or physical disability, Religion, Age, National origin or ethnicity, Sexual orientation, Marital status, Veteran status or Parental status.
Depending on your specific placement, you may be required to prove that you have received the COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated. ONE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and reasonable accommodations will be considered.