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Battery Cell Engineer (Electrolyte)

Company: Nxu
Location: Mesa
Posted on: May 27, 2023

Job Description:

Nxu is seeking a Battery Cell Engineer (Electrolyte) to join the team that specializes in new electrolyte formulations and new functional additives design, development, optimization, and evaluation for Nxu's proprietary cube battery cell. - The successful candidate will be focusing on new electrolyte formulations and new functional additives investigations, to further improve the battery performance (specific energy & energy density, cycle life, calendar life), and improve battery safety while reducing costs in the meantime for production ramps. - - ABOUT Nxu At Nxu, Inc., our -vision is a big one: We are building a -future where energy is harnessed in a way that is abundant, accessible, and infinite to make electric mobility -viable. The path towards this future starts with energy -and -infrastructure today, mobility tomorrow, and from there, the possibilities are endless. Our goal is to keep the world moving, -with a focus on simplicity, -performance, and novel outcomes. - -We are excited to take on impossible challenges and the -obstacles that come with them. - -If the impact is significant and we can build the technology to solve it, we will. We are builders, inventors, and creators. - -We stay positive, roll up our sleeves, and -think outside the -box - -and we're looking for -optimistic problem-solvers to join -us in building this future. - KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • This position will be responsible for optimizing and developing various electrolyte formulations and functional electrolyte additives for high-performance Li-ion batteries for EV and BESS. -
  • Be responsible for lab-scale, pilot line, and mass production-level testing, data analysis, and overall process development of electrolyte materials to reach a production-ready state. - -
  • Be responsible for planning and conducting design experiments to screen and develop promising electrolyte formulations or functional electrolyte additives for different battery cell chemistries. - -
  • Optimize the electrolyte formulations to achieve and improve cell performance such as specific energy & energy density, power density, calendar life & cycle life, cell safety, and reduced production costs in the meantime.
  • Investigate the interphase mechanism for the reaction of anode or cathode with electrolyte to further improve the Nxu cube cell performance. -
  • Plan and execute root cause analysis of failures incurred throughout development and launch. -
  • Collaborate with the quality team in their communication with material suppliers to develop and validate detailed material specifications for new materials and resolve any quality issues. -
  • Collaborate and communicate with internal and external customers, vendors, or suppliers directly to optimize electrolyte formulation to increase cell efficiency and cycle performance while reducing material costs via empirical and theoretical modeling and simulation. -
  • Travel in this role is anticipated to be up to 15% between Nxu HQ and other partners. - IDEALLY, YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH:
    • In-depth understanding and knowledge of lithium-ion battery technology including material selection, fabrication, synthesis, new battery cell design, assembly, testing, and failure mode analysis. -
    • Hands-on experience with lithium-ion battery cell product development. -
    • Proven experience in operating cell cycles via the following equipment (ex: Arbin, Maccor, Chroma, Neware, Biologic Battery Tester, etc.). -
    • Proven experience in testing battery cells via the following test programs (ex: SOC, SOH, OCV, DCIR, dQ/dV, LSV, HPPC, PITT, GITT, etc.). -
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and must be able to design and conduct complex experiments, employing the DOE approach to interpret and correlate experimental results with battery product performance. -
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, great passion, and work ethic, strong interpersonal skills, and ability to work as a team player in collaborative, diverse, and inclusive working environments. - AND YOU'RE SOMEONE WHO IS:
      • MS or Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field with a focus on electrochemistry, material synthesis & characterizations, electrochemical techniques, or a related fieldBenefits:
        • Competitive compensation packages -
        • Medical/dental/vision plans - -
        • Flexible -Paid Time Off -(PTO) -
        • Equity plans
        • Company subsidized -free lunch and snacks
        • 401K plan -
        • Diverse, inclusive, open, and transparent company culture - -
        • Collaborative working environment with -opportunities for career development -
        • Working for a company with a sustainability -commitment - - - In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Keywords: Nxu, Mesa , Battery Cell Engineer (Electrolyte), Engineering , Mesa, Arizona

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