Battery Engineer

Los Altos, CA /
Energy & Materials – Energy & Materials /
At Toyota Research Institute (TRI), we’re on a mission to improve the quality of human life. We’re developing new tools and capabilities to amplify the human experience. To lead this transformative shift in mobility, we’ve built a world-class team in human-centric AI, energy and materials, machine learning, and robotics.

The Challenge
Vehicle electrification is an important pathway toward decarbonizing the transportation sector, but this strategy relies on creating an economical approach towards electric vehicle production. Batteries currently represent a large component of both the direct vehicle cost, and future cost via safety and reliability. Achieving lower cost requires improving production yield, enabling adoption of new materials, and maintaining flexibility in cell components. Faced with these challenges, the Energy and Materials group is developing comprehensive strategies utilizing the latest understanding in materials science, directly informed by Toyota’s industrial needs.

The Opportunity
We are looking for someone who can contribute to scaling up Toyota’s capabilities in battery production and technology.

1. Combine data driven approaches and fundamental understanding of battery science to optimize battery performance
2. Work to bridge battery research and manufacturing
3. Participate in battery materials research
4. Build and maintain relationships across different divisions of the Toyota group within the US and Japan to enable vehicle electrification from a battery perspective.

The Team
We encourage you to join a creative team of scientists and engineers dedicated to enabling a sustainable future. You will be part of the Energy and Materials (E&M) division which is accelerating Toyota’s path to carbon neutrality. There are several areas of emphasis in the division including accelerating the discovery of new energy materials, using data-driven approaches to optimize battery manufacturing, and providing strategic analysis on carbon neutral pathways and technologies. We collaborate with colleagues from other teams at TRI with backgrounds in robotics, behavioral science, and computer science. We all grow working alongside other inspiring people and learning new skills together. 


    • Have a graduate degree in materials/mechanical engineering (or related field), PhD or equivalent industrial experience.
    • Have industrial experience in battery production or development.
    • Familiarity with Python, R, or statistical analysis software.
    • Have effective written and verbal communication skills.
    • Have proven experience working on cross-disciplinary problems.
    • Have strong interpersonal skills and are a good teammate.
    • Thrive in a culture that values diversity, collaboration, humility, and learning.
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