Research Specialist - R&D (BS/MS Level)

Sila Nanotechnologies - Alameda, CA (30+ days ago)

Sila Nanotechnologies seeks a diligent, curious and collaborative researcher to help us build the next generation of battery materials. Are you eager to take your bench top experiments and develop them into products used around the world? We need your help! You will contribute through the production and characterization of experimental battery materials. We're looking for people who have broad experience, know their way around a chemistry lab, have interpersonal and cooperation skills, and a resilient passion to help solve some difficult materials problems. Is this you? Here are the details:

  • You will produce small scale batches of experimental materials via solid-state and solution reaction methods. Techniques could include: powder/sintering, arc or induction melting, hydrothermal/solvothermal, organometallic, hydrolysis, milling, or ion-exchange.
  • You will characterize materials using techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier transform inferred spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS).
  • You will characterize prototypes using techniques such as tensile and compression testing, impedance spectroscopy, optical or physical surface mapping.
  • You will execute development projects in collaboration with other scientists and engineers.
  • You offer deep thought, critical thinking and expression of (however crazy) ideas.
  • Experience with solid-state powder processing or air-free synthesis techniques and depth with one or more characterization techniques listed above.
  • Laboratory research experience beyond coursework.
  • Comfortable working with a team, capable of solving problems alone.
  • BS in Chemistry preferred. Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Physics, or related disciplines considered with relevant laboratory research experience.
  • Conscientious, curious, deliberate thought process. Ability to record and communicate research finding in presentations and open discussions.
  • Actively invest in our values and champion them as we grow.
Good to have:
  • 2 or more years of laboratory research experience.
  • Experience with nanosized materials and characterization, thin-films/coating processes or electrochemistry/impedance spectroscopy.
  • Exposure to crystallography fundamentals, methods and instrumentation.
  • Experience in cGMP or cGLP environment.
Physical Requirements:
  • Be able to work in glove boxes and fume hoods