Battery Research Intern - Summer 2023 co-op

Ottawa /
Research & Development /
Co-op/Internship
/ On-site
A BIT ABOUT US
GBatteries was founded eight years ago to tackle one of the world’s most pressing issues: the transition to a cleaner future through electrification. We are pioneering battery technology which enables ultra-fast charging of Li-ion batteries without compromising battery life — and without changing the battery’s chemistry or manufacturing process. Ultimately, our mission is to accelerate the mass adoption of electric vehicles.
We are working on some of the biggest challenges in energy storage, and are looking for the right people to join us as we develop our technology and continue to scale.

THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE ROLE
As a Battery Research Intern this summer, you'll be working within the Research team, assisting with fast charging algorithm research for the next generation high energy density lithium-metal and lithium-ion cells. You will manage cell assembly, operate lab equipment, perform characterization/testing of prototype cells, and analyze cell testing data. You will also provide feedback to the hardware team to improve cell design.
 
THE TEAM
You’ll join a small but growing R&D team where everyone—including our interns—is striving to constantly improve their knowledge of infrastructure, systems, and cares about creating dependable products. While we are still growing and have plenty to do, we are incredibility supportive of each other and pitch in to support our peers when problems arise.
 
THE ENGINEERING CULTURE
•    Autonomy: There's no red tape on what technology frameworks you can use, or what language you should be coding in. We believe in using the best tool(s) for the job, and learning any new ones along the way.
•    Scope: You won't be adding small features to a monolithic codebase; you will be building entire products from start to finish. Your team members will recognize you for the products you build and the impact these products have on their workflow. You will have the opportunity to identify the business needs for a particular product, work through the development life cycle, and interact with your customers directly.
•    Interesting Problems: Much of what we do is in uncharted territories. As a result, we are often posed with interesting and challenging engineering problems, which will encourage you to prototype, iterate, and innovate. It's part of the company culture to encourage crazy ideas, and celebrate failures as learning opportunities. Many of the design problems you will encounter won't have answers on Google or Stack Overflow, they will encourage you to come up with unique approaches and strengthen your design thinking.
•    Growth: Working at a start-up is a great way to supercharge your skillset, and accelerate your learning. You will be put in a fast-paced environment where you're always working at the bleeding edge of technology.
 
THE SKILL SET
Must haves:
·      Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering/Chemistry
·      Solid experience working in a chemical laboratory during your studies or co-op terms
·      Hands-on experience handling chemicals with basic laboratory tools
·      Excellent knowledge of safety procedures in a chemical laboratory
Nice to haves:
·      Proficiency in programming with emphasis on data analysis (e.g. Python/MATLAB).
·      Knowledge of material science, electrochemistry and/or inner workings of lithium-ion batteries.
·      Ability to analyze, present and document experimental data
 
WITHIN 1 MONTH, YOU'LL...
·      Assemble high quality prototype cells.
·      Develop and run test scripts for cell characterization and cycling experiments.
·      Develop data analysis and visualization tools.
 
WITHIN 4 MONTHS, YOU'LL...
·      Design and execute experiments to investigate and improve our fast-charging algorithms.
·      Support deployment of algorithms on commercial cells.
 
WHAT WE OFFER
We are working on many exciting projects towards our ultimate goal of breaking down the final barrier preventing the adoption of electric vehicles; range anxiety. We’re a growing company working with some of the largest manufacturers in the world, and there’s still a huge amount to do. You’ll be able to see the impact of your work from day one and have the opportunity to see the final effect on real world products. We encourage unconventional thinking and seek resilient problem solvers who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.
Of course, we also offer other great benefits:
Inclusive parking, a renovated and spacious office, and fridge and pantry filled with drinks and snacks. We’re conveniently located near the 417 highway with easy access via major public transit routes, right beside a small park and an assortment of shops and restaurants.
HOW TO APPLY
Is the idea of enabling the global mass adoption of electric vehicles exciting to you? We’d love to hear from you! To apply please include a short message addressed to Henry Rearden within the application below; no cover letter necessary. If you have any questions, or just want to say hello, feel free to reach out to Vlad Belov on LinkedIn.
 
We particularly value diversity, and we know that experience comes in many forms. If your unique experience is close to what we’re looking for, please still consider applying.