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Senior Electrical Engineer, Power Electronics

  • San Francisco
  • Engineering
  • Full Time
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Job Summary

The Advanced Product Development team creates transformative battery designs and novel product concepts to speed global electric vehicle adoption and energy decarbonization.

Your role will be an Electrical Engineer on our team with a focus on high-voltage power electronics and electrical components, including DCDC converters.

You will research and investigate opportunities for innovation, including material and component improvements, seeking to eliminate losses and push the limit of feasible technologies. You will take new ideas from concept to on-vehicle integration, enabling high-performance EV packs for internal and customer-driven development programs. The ideal candidate will have deep electrical and electronic design experience both from the circuit level up to the systems level and be familiar with a wide variety of high-voltage disciplines including energy storage, conversion, low-noise design, and electromechanical considerations.

We are looking for passionate engineers who share our values. Our team is comprised of various integrated disciplines, including mechanical, structural, thermal, electrical, and software. Therefore, collaboration in group settings, ability to solve system integration challenges, and clear communication are valuable to becoming a successful team member.

You should enjoy working on a small team where you will own substantial and critical 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

  • Deeply investigates power electronics systems for fundamental and step-change improvement opportunities

  • Assesses novel technology for application including control strategies, exotic materials, and high-efficiency design concepts

  • Leads advanced design and develop architectures for functions such as power conversion, thermal management, bus bars, and high-voltage modules

  • Builds technical subject matter expertise in power electronics topics, actively participate in and contribute to technical reviews

  • Conducts trade studies to make the appropriate choice of hardware to support prototyping goals

  • Develops schematics, perform PCB layout, and work with external suppliers for fabrication

  • Identifies areas of risk and work quickly to prototype and mitigate these

  • Brings up new hardware designs and verification of first article hardware prototypes

Within 3 months:

  • Supports the design and build of a prototype next-generation battery pack

  • Helps develop test setups to iterate on and validate designs

  • Be responsible for integration of a key power electronics subsystem

  • Develops internal design tools and capabilities to accelerate future projects

  • Becomes familiar with the ONE team and established products

Within 6 months:

  • Develops prototype designs with exceptional performance and custom application requirements

  • Takes ownership of next-generation power electronics R & D

  • Collaborates with other system disciplines to plan and execute overall project delivery

  • Guides high-level design discussions for our current and future product concepts

  • Mentors junior engineers on prototyping and best practices

  • Leads prototyping and fabrication of follow-on product concepts

Qualifications

  • BS, MS, or PhD in a relevant field (Electrical/Computer Engineering, Mechatronics, Electronics, etc.)

  • 3+ years experience in electronics research, electrical systems design, or a related field

  • Experience in high-voltage (400V+) electrical design, and power electronics, and thermal management

  • Experience with power conversion control and embedded development processes, methods, and tools

  • General electronics skills (benchtop testing/debugging with oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, and other test equipment, soldering, PCB design)

  • Experience in board design, layout, fab, and bring-up

  • Experience with common serial/bus communication protocols (Ex: I2C, SPI, UARTs, CAN)

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and must be able to design and conduct complex experiments.

  • Experience working in an R&D prototype development environment

  • Strong written/verbal communication and organizational skills

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.

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”.