Director of Battery Cell Development
Company: Nanotech Energy
Posted on: November 22, 2021
Nanotech Energy is developing cutting-edge energy storage solutions
that are transforming the consumer electronics and electric car
industries. Our technology is based on the wonder material graphene
that is established as the thinnest, strongest and most conductive
material. Our mission at Nanotech Energy is to harness the power of
graphene into world-changing battery solutions. We also take
advantage of the outstanding structural, mechanical and electronic
properties of graphene to develop conductive inks and adhesives as
well as electromagnetic interference shielding materials with
unparalleled performance. We are a rapidly growing business with
opportunity for the right candidate to continue advancing their
role and responsibilities as the company grows.
Why Nanotech Energy?
Choosing where to start and grow your career has a major impact on
your professional and personal life. Our commitment to innovation
brings together people, products and processes that answer and
solve some of the world's biggest challenges. At Nanotech Energy,
you will be given the opportunity to participate and join in the
growth stage of a startup company and contribute at all levels to
make an impact.
Nanotech Energy, Inc. is currently seeking a principal
scientist/engineer (manager) for our battery cell prototyping and
manufacturing team located in Northern California. Our patented
technology are positioned to enable the production of powerful,
lightweight, and cost-effective rechargeable batteries for electric
car and portable electronics. The successful candidate will be
leading our talented engineers and scientists for the development
and manufacturing of advanced lithium-ion and lithium-sulfur
batteries. The responsibility of this position will be covering the
development, validating, and commercializing our patented energy
storage technology based on commercial and proprietary materials.
This role also includes cell design, analysis, validation, and
support for the product launch. The ideal candidate should have
extensive experience in cell design, electrode processing and
translating battery technology from the lab to pilot manufacturing
Responsibilities and Duties
Lead, grow, and mentor our Cell Engineering, Cell Safety, Cell
Modeling & Cell Testing groups.
Ensure our products exceed the highest safety standards.
Responsible for formulating, implementing and evaluating new
battery technologies to meet the requirements of the electric car
and portable electronics markets.
Assist in analyzing, developing and executing short term and
long-term plans for new product development and material cost
Manage development timelines, budgets, testing equipment, and
technical deliverables both with Cell Engineering team and
Executive Leadership team.
Initiating, planning, and directing research and development
projects to resolve complicated battery and battery material
related technical problems.
Develop or improve slurry and coating characterization techniques
to determine formulation-performance relationships and offer
chemical and cell level corrective strategies
Utilize electrochemical techniques such as voltammetry, impedance
spectroscopy, charge/discharge and reliability tests to
characterize, understand and improve the performance of Nanotech
Assisting the engineering team to conduct scientific and industrial
development of new materials and protocols for electrode assembly
with emphasis on how the materials and processes impact cell
Staying current on lithium battery publications and patent status,
test procedures, instrumentation, professional meetings, and
reading technical articles.
The candidate will be our residential expert in batteries and is
expected to assist other scientists and engineers in the team in
designing and executing the electrochemical experiments and in
characterizing materials, electrodes and other cell components and
Perform materials characterization using a variety of methods
including thermal analysis, mechanical testing, electron and
optical microscopy, rheology, spectroscopic tests.
Assist in collecting data and writing of patent inventions
associated with the development of new products.
Assist our engineers and plant production personnel in scaling up
the technology from bench to manufacturing.
Develop and improve safety practices, methods or standards to
exceed or meet the regulatory and corporate standards for
Review and write standard operating procedures for analytical
Assist in the supervision of less experienced chemists and
technicians in the team. Provide other support as needed to help
maintain an efficient development lab.
Communicate ideas and results internally across multiple teams.
Education and Qualifications
PhD in Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or
related field with a focus on electrochemistry.
10 years+ experience in battery development, preferably within a
lithium-ion battery manufacturing organization in support of
portable electronic and electric cars.
At least ten years of industrial experience in the lithium-ion
pouch and/or cylindrical cells.
The applicant should be a creative and analytical thinker with a
deep technical understanding of lithium ion battery cells and
proven leadership and project management expertise.
Extensive knowledge and understanding of lithium-ion battery
technologies including material selection, cell design, electrode
fabrication, cell assembly, testing and failure mode analysis are
The candidate must have strong analytical and problem-solving
skills and must be able to design and conduct complex experiments,
employing DOE approach to interpret and correlate experimental
results with battery product performance.
Ability to respond to multiple priorities simultaneously; ability
to coordinate team and projects to meet the company needs and
Strong project management skills.
Skilled in troubleshooting and analytical thinking with an interest
in solving complex problems.
The candidate should stay up to date regarding relevant patent and
technical literature, and write detailed technical reports for the
company and for the battery industry publications.
Strong background in electrochemistry
Knowledge of chemistry (organic, polymer, inorganic),
electrochemistry and materials science and related characterization
techniques would be preferable
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