Electrochemist

Starting salary will be based on experience and credentials.

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Description

An Electrochemist is responsible for analyzing battery test results, provide scientific explanation of cell behaviors, and propose solutions to improve battery performances. This person directly reports to the General Manager at Sakti3, and will work closely with a team of scientists and engineers, providing insights on battery performances from the electrochemistry perspective.

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Market Overview

“If we are to continue to create new and disruptive technology, we must develop more advanced core technologies.  We have invested nearly $310m into the research and development of the Dyson digital motor, a technology that now powers our most successful machines.  We will do the same with batteries.  Sakti3 has developed a breakthrough in battery technology and together we will make this technology a reality.”

–   James Dyson, Founder and Chief Engineer of Dyson

 

For the past five years, Dyson’s in-house battery team has been optimizing and developing battery technology for cordless machines, and robots in its advanced battery labs at its Malmesbury headquarters. Sakti3 is a research forefront of Dyson’s efforts in developing solid state batteries that are safer, more reliable and longer-lasting with higher energy density, for Dyson’s new and existing technologies.

Function Overview

Sakti3 is developing solid state batteries. The diverse group of scientists and engineers at Sakti3 prototype solid state batteries, characterize battery materials, test solid state batteries under different conditions, and understand battery performance limiting factors, toward the goal of making better solid state batteries. The electrochemist position plays an integral role in this development process.

Accountabilities

  • Analyze battery test results, provide scientific explanation of cell behaviors, and propose solutions to improve battery performances
  • Develop and implement various electrochemical methods to test batteries and battery materials
  • Set up battery and battery material test equipment and systems
  • Write reports and give presentations to the management team 
  • Such other comparable duties as may be required by the General Manager

Skills

Essential:

  • Proven record of delivering excellent outcomes in lithium ion battery research
  • Proven record of resolving complex technical problems where precedents do not exist
  • Proven record of delivering outcomes in solid state battery research           

Skills:

  • Excellent analytical and problem solving ability
  • In-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of electrochemistry including Thermodynamics, Mass transport theory, Kinetics and Electrochemical techniques
  • Battery FMEA     
  • Solid state chemistry

Competencies:

  • Invent and improve - Problem solving, tenacity
  • Risk - Accountability, drive for results
  • Thinking long term - Analytical thinking
  • Communicate - Clear communication
  • Thinking long term - Planning and organizing
  • Passion - Motivating others

Benefits Overview

Sakti, a Workplace Excellence Awardee (2016), has been recognized with IHS CERAWeek’s Energy Innovation Pioneer Award (2014), by MIT’s Technology Review Magazine as one of the Top 50 Most Innovative Companies (2012) and World’s Top Ten, representing the “energy” category (2011). The senior team has over 100 years’ collective experience in research, manufacturing, and leadership. The company is a spinout of the University of Michigan, where its founding team created laboratories, published over 100 papers on batteries and related mathematics and physics, and demonstrated its first early prototypes. Financed by Khosla Ventures, Dyson, General Motors Ventures, Beringea and Itochu Technology Ventures, the company has been recognized for its innovative approaches in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Scientific American, Inc., Time, Automotive Engineering, the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR and other media.

Posted: 30-Apr-2018

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