Senior Member of Technical Staff, Materials Engineer

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


Are you passionate about energy storage and ready to contribute in the race for a better battery? QuantumScape is a well-funded start-up located in San Jose, California, and is working on a groundbreaking solid-state battery technology for electric vehicle applications. We are seeking a motivated and hardworking researcher study the solid-solid interface. Our ideal team member is self-motivated, can deliver against tight development schedules, has good interpersonal skills, can work independently as well as in teams and enjoys working on challenging and impactful projects.

The role:
Diagnose interface problem by combining materials characterizations and electrochemical analysis
Screen different materials and approaches to modify the surface for lamination
Drive the interface engineering to improve lamination quality
Design and/or customize R&D tools to enable materials research
Introduce and qualify new processes to our baseline process
Collaborate with engineers from multiple disciplines to optimize solutions and ensure that device design and performance goals are met; deliver high-quality technical report

Minimum Requirements:
PhD's degree in Materials Science/Chemical Engineering/Electrical Engineering/Chemistry/Physics or Master's degree with five years of experience in a relevant industry
Solid background in electrochemistry and solid-state ion conductors
Hand-on experience in materials synthesis or device fabrication and characterizations
Knowledge of safe laboratory practices, especially in handling chemicals
Perform under pressure in an energized and a fast paced environment; love working in a team setting and capable of working independently
Clear verbal and written communication skills to logically communicate ideas and thought processes

Nice to Haves:
2+ years of experience in battery research
Expertise in interface characterizations including both sample preparation and data analysis
Deep understanding in ceramic materials phase diagrams and solid-state ion conduction mechanisms
Proficient in bulk and surface analysis techniques: SEM, XPS, XRD, SIMS, Raman, DMA, mechanical testing
You are disciplined in your approach and rely on the application of statistical methods for experiment planning, data analysis, and process control 
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.