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Senior Research Scientist - Solid State Electrolyte

Southern California, Irvine
Jan 23, 2024

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 extremely fast charging batteries and high energy density batteries.

Candidates should have extensive hands-on laboratory experience and background knowledge in materials and chemistry for lithium-ion and sulfide based solid-state electrolyte.

Knowledge in anode-electrolyte interfaces, battery cell assembly, and manufacturing systems is also highly desired.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Experience in synthesis of solid-state materials including sulfide and/or polymer electrolytes.
  • Collaborate with various suppliers to improve materials properties solid-state electrolyte and synthetic activities, sourcing, characterizing, and evaluating materials from suppliers.
  • Understand electrolyte materials, properties and processing approaches of solid-state electrolytes and its electrochemical performance test.
  • Lead research activities from fundamental evaluation of materials to prototyping in solid state battery cells including materials characterization, electrochemical testing, and failure analysis.
  • Work in cross-functional, self-organized multidisciplinary teams.
  • Work efficiently to reach goals with target timelines.
  • 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 5 years’ experience in solid state electrolyte.  
  • Highly preferred experience in sulfide from Tier 1 cell maker.
  • 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.
  • Deep understanding of battery charging mechanism in solid-state battery.  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to advance multiple projects in a fast-paced multidisciplinary environment.
  • Expertise in one or more advanced analytical techniques is preferred.

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