Principal Systems Engineer (Automation)

HQ- San Jose, CA /
R&D – Equipment Design & Automation /
Full-Time
/ On-site
QuantumScape is on a mission to transform energy storage with solid-state lithium-metal battery technology. The company’s next-generation batteries are designed to enable longer range, faster charging and enhanced safety in electric vehicles to support the transition away from legacy energy sources toward a lower carbon future.


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.

Do you want to learn about and work on this critical part of the future energy economy?
We're looking for an experienced, highly motivated senior systems engineer to develop equipment to process our novel battery materials.

In this role:
You will be responsible for aiding the design, build, test and manufacture of a proprietary equipment which is integral to the company’s success. You will work with process and design team members who are responsible for previous and subsequent processing steps to determine the specifications of the equipment. Your responsibilities leading the team will include complete equipment development from identification of needs, concept design, prototyping, and final manufacturing equipment design including mechanical, electrical and software. Experience and exposure to other equipment platforms related to automation, assembly or test is required.

Minimum Requirements:
Experience and Education
Minimum of a Bachelor's degree with 10+ years or Master's degree with 8+ years of proven experience with equipment design, automation and integration from R&D to manufacturing environments.
Experience with supplier management and/or collaborating with remote engineering teams.
Educational background in mechanical, electrical, or other engineering fields

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Determination of equipment specifications
Lead the equipment design, from architecture to detail design.
Lead project including daily activities, schedule, reporting and budget.
Lead equipment build and test.
Installation and support of the equipment into the factory
Equipment quality assurance during all phases of development and implementation
5-10% travel required.
Excellent interpersonal skills and positive attitude

Compensation & Benefits:
The mid-point salary for this role is $187,400, but our goal is to customize a salary based on the candidate's experience and background. QuantumScape also offers an annual bonus and a generous RSU/Equity package as part of its compensation plan. In addition, we do offer a tremendous benefits plan including employee paid health care, Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP), and other exciting perks.
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.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation.