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Principal Scientist - Solid State Electrolyte

R&D
Department
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Southern California, Irvine
Posted 
Apr 7, 2022
In this position, you will join our US R&D Center, and you will be responsible for screening, designing and synthesizing novel solid-state electrolytes for extreme fast charging batteries and high energy density batteries. Candidates should have extensive hands-on laboratory experience and background knowledge in materials and chemistries for lithium-ion and lithium metal batteries. Knowledge in cathode/anode active materials and anode-electrolyte interfaces, battery cell assembly, manufacturing systems is also highly desired. 
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Experience in synthesis of solid-state materials, ceramics and/or polymer electrolytes.
  • Initiate design of solid-state electrolyte and synthetic activities, sourcing, characterizing, and evaluating materials from various suppliers.
  • Understanding of electrolyte materials, properties and processing approaches of solid-state electrolytes.
  • Lead research strategies from fundamental evaluation of materials to prototyping in solid state battery cells including materials characterization, electrochemical testing, and failure analysis
  • Work independently and efficiently to reach goals with target timelines
  • Work in cross-functional, self-organized multidisciplinary teams
  • Review scientific literatures on solid state battery technologies
  • Effectively communicate ideas, concepts, designs, and results with the team
  • Contribute to technical writing of patents, and reports

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies 
  • Ph.D. in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, or related discipline and more than 6 years’ experience in solid state electrolyte and/or battery 
  • Demonstrated knowledge in solid-state electrolytes, their relevant materials, processing and testing methodologies. 
  • Strong experience in solid-state ionics and ceramics and/or ionic conductive polymers and/or electrolyte technologies, Including synthesis, processing and fabrication.
  • An aptitude for learning new things and a keen eye for improving processes
  • Out of the box, innovative and creative thinking with a positive attitude. 
  • Ability to lead a team to achieve research and development goals
  • Deep understanding on battery charging mechanism in solid-state battery  
  • Knowledge of battery construction and electrochemical testing methodologies such as Arbin/Maccor/Bio-Logic testing systems and techniques including EIS, CV, etc.
  • Strong track record of achievements in materials R&D
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, multi-task, and succeed in an environment with competing demands
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-taught, self-motivated and collaborative with excellent time management skills
  • Ability to advance multiple projects in a fast-paced multidisciplinary environment
  • Experience with DOE (Design of Experiments) methods and Minitab software is preferred
  • Expertise in one or more advanced analytical techniques is preferred

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