Principal Member of Technical Staff - Development

HQ- San Jose, CA /
R&D – Electrolyte Development /
Full-Time/Part-time
Come join us on our mission as we revolutionize energy storage to enable a sustainable future.


QuantumScape is a start-up located in San Jose, California working on new energy storage technology to allow electric vehicles to outperform internal combustion cars. Our leap in energy density and recharge rate is enabled by a solid-state chemistry and cell architecture which also benefits safety. Our quick progress is due in part to a state-of-the-art laboratory facility, highly automated data collection and analysis, and a strong and clear set of values. We are looking to grow our team with the addition of a disciplined, high performing research and development scientist who is looking for technical challenges and professional growth.
As a Principle Member of Technical Staff on our team, you will invent and develop new material processing techniques to increase product performance and reliability and drive continuous improvement efforts of existing methods.

Responsibilities:

Develop coating formulation and lamination processes for specialized ceramic materials
Propose and invent new processing approaches and continuously improve existing ones
Validate hypotheses by applying your knowledge of engineering statistics and design of experiment concepts to methodically plan and execute experiments and yield conclusive results
Summarize and communicate your results to management
Develop and maintain drawings, operating procedures, and work instructions and provide training to junior engineers, technicians, and operators
Transfer technology to in-house or 3rd-party functional groups, as needed
Work in accordance with all safety procedures

Minimum Education and Experience:

M.S. or higher degree in ceramic engineering, materials science, chemical engineering, or a related field, and a minimum of 5 years experience in ceramic processing
Clear command of ceramic material structure-property relationships
Work history in a manufacturing or process development environment
Experience with direct or indirect management of junior-level engineers or technicians

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Self-motivated with a track record of learning new skills and techniques and applying those to achieve desired results.
Experience working in multi-functional team delivering breakthrough process improvements.
Comfort with fast paced, technically challenging projects and ability to adapt quickly to changes.
Strong communication and collaboration skills

Highly Desired:

Ph.D. degree in materials science, ceramic, or chemical engineering
Training in six-sigma
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

*QuantumScape does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third party recruiting agencies in response to job postings. No fee will be paid to third parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to our hiring managers.