Process Engineer

Starting salary will be based on experience and credentials

Ann Arbor, MI

Description

To develop process and analysis methods for manufacturing of solid state battery materials including the integration of new tools, controls, facilities, and characterization protocols. Support operating, maintaining, and designing and executing revisions to vacuum deposition tools and sources for solid state battery manufacturing process.

Market Overview

Dyson is a global technology company. Using a desire to make things work better as a catalyst for invention, our team of 3,000 engineers and scientists are passionate about developing technology that solves the problems others often ignore. From the world’s first bagless vacuum cleaner, to hand dryers that use 420mph sheets of air to remove moisture from hands, to a completely re-thought hair dryer with its motor in the handle, we are relentless about engineering better solutions. Dyson spends $8.8million a week on research and development and works with more than 40 universities worldwide to develop early-stage technologies.


Dyson launched in the US in 2002, with the DC07 vacuum cleaner. Within 2 years, it was market share leader. Now, the US team is nearly 1,000 strong, with offices in Chicago, IL; Aurora, IL; San Francisco, CA; and Dyson people around the entire country. And we are still growing. Dyson US is poised to double its footprint, and take on new categories. Already a target for our competitors, challenging times are ahead. And our battle-hungry US team is fired up.

Function Overview

Dyson has acquired 100% of solid-state battery pioneer Sakti3. Together they will supercharge research and development into the new battery platform, to engineer breakthroughs in performance for future Dyson technologies.

Accountabilities

  • Process development and analysis of the prototype batteries and materials
  • Develop and execute new processes and tools for production of materials
  • Analyze statistical data using preexisting tools and software for continuous process improvement
  • Report to the management team on materials produced, including collaborative work to troubleshoot and root cause production issues
  • Ensure a safe and efficient working environment for all technical staffs and employees and visitors and ensuring that safety is diligently considered and embedded into the end battery technology and design
  • Scalable process development and prototype tools
  • Develop new process methods and tools for scalable process and production
  • Generate design specifications and drawings for scalable method and tools
  • Conduct design of experiment to test and improve the new process methods and devices
  • Write the standard operating procedures for the new process methods
  • Identify root causes of process and material failures and make recommendations to resolve issues
  • Fulfill other duties as required
  • Document process specifications and operation/maintenance log
  • Train prototyping and production personnel as needed
  • Handle vendor relationships related to the process, analysis tools and materials
  • Travel as needed, including to Dyson locations worldwide

Skills

  • 5 years’ experience working on process technology and/or materials science and engineering
  • Bachelor’s degree in science and engineering, or related discipline
  • Demonstrates a ‘can do’ / entrepreneurial attitude
  • Ability to deliver projects in full, on time and to the highest quality
  • Driven to get the best result. Challenges themselves and others
  • Ability to communicate with all levels of the organization with positive intent
  • Dynamic and enthusiastic personality, combining flexibility and creativity
  • Ability to offer solutions to problems, at times when under pressure
  • Effective interpersonal skills essential, including the ability to communicate well with a wide variety of technical staffs, of very differing levels of skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong technical communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills to handle samples and data
  • Ability to function and interact in a multilevel team environment

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: 11-Aug-2017

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