Advanced R&D Senior Battery Materials Research Engineer - SMTS

HQ- San Jose, CA

Full Time Senior-level / Expert
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QuantumScape is on a mission to transform energy storage with revolutionary solid state battery technology that will charge faster, go farther and last longer.
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QuantumScape is on a mission to transform energy storage with solid-state lithium-metal battery technology. The company’s next-generation batteries are designed to enable longer range, faster charging and enhanced safety in electric vehicles to support the transition away from legacy energy sources toward a lower carbon future.

Are you an engineer or scientist who loves working on new technologies? QuantumScape is growing our Advanced R&Dteam with the addition of a forward-thinking Senior Battery Materials Research Engineer - Senior Member Technical Staff (SMTS)thatis a versatile researcher who is looking for technical challenges and professional growth. The individual most successful in this new role would be a materials scientist or engineer with a background in battery research. We are seeking a researcher to further improve the performance of our novel solid-state battery materials. This role is inherently hands-on in lab and requires a strong understanding of data analysis and experimental rigor.


  • Understand the failure modes and requirements of our positive electrode and develop new materials to overcome those limits
  • Perform failure analyses and materials characterization to understand the limits of new materials
  • Design and execute experiments to identify materials for high energy density batteries
  • Optimize electrode and electrolyte materials stable at high voltage
  • Collaborate with chemists, materials scientists, process engineers, and technicians in a fast-moving, multidisciplinary environment
  • Deliver high-quality technical reports to colleagues


  • Motivated by new challenges and easily embraces learning new techniques
  • Self-motivated and have a track record of learning new skills and techniques, and applying those to achieve results
  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment, and adapt quickly to changes
  • Strong communicator and enjoy working on a team to solve complex challenges
  • Passion for making an impact on the world’s energy challenges


  • Ph.D. in Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, or related field with experience in battery materials and analysis; or MS degree in science and engineering with a minimum of 4 years of industrial experience in the energy storage industry
  • Direct experience with synthesis or characterization of active materials or electrolytes and in-depth knowledge of electrochemical testing
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understand of safe chemical handling and experience in following laboratory practices
  • Sound understanding of materials science fundamentals


  • Proven experience with sophisticated material characterization methods
  • Proven experience in Lithium-ion battery research or development


  • Work is performed in a dry room, fume hood, lab area, or glovebox requiring the use of fine motor skills
  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time
  • Reaching and twisting motions with hands
  • Lifting up to 25 lbs.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation.

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Region: North America
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