Ceramic Scientist I Job Description
Ion Storage Systems creates batteries that are safer, lighter, and enable form factors with tighter packing density that enhance system performance. We are backed by leading venture capital firms including Alsop Louie Partners, Clear Creek Investments, VoLo Earth Ventures, and Toyota Ventures and recently closed an oversubscribed Series A funding round in mid-2022 to enable the growth of the team and commercialization of the technology.
We offer an inclusive environment with opportunities for growth and believe that a thriving workspace leads to a thriving company. We hope you will contact us to learn more and to be a part of our diverse, collaborative team!
We are looking to add a full-time Ceramic Scientist I to our team. This position reports to the Ceramics R&D Manager and will conduct experiments to improve the solid electrolyte technology through synthesis and characterization of ceramic materials, process development, and data analysis. The Ceramic Scientist will help develop and refine experimental processes and work with the Production Team to transfer R&D processes to production. The ideal candidate is a detail-oriented, motivated scientist/engineer with experience working in a research setting.
Learn key stages of the solid electrolyte processing and fabrication method
Work with senior scientists to design experiments related to solid electrolyte materials and processes, and independently execute the experiments in the lab
Characterize ceramic powders and sintered products and analyze the results
Effectively document and communicate experimental methods, results, and uncertainties during team meetings
Look for opportunities to improve R&D processes for better reproducibility, yield, and safety
Work with Production Engineers to scale up R&D processes for production
Execute and follow through on tasks and action items
Maintain lab cleanliness and promote environmental health and safety in the daily work environment
Be a passionate and versatile member of the R&D team with a desire to work in a fast-paced environment
B.S./M.S. in Chemical/Ceramic/Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, or related field
1+ years of experience conducting research in a laboratory setting, preferably in chemical/materials research
Experience with materials analytical techniques such as SEM, XRD, particle size analysis, XPS, etc.
Ability to communicate clearly, openly, and efficiently
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Eagerness to make meaningful contributions and work collaboratively in a fast-paced, dynamic R&D environment.
1-2 years of hands-on experience with ceramic powder processing and ceramic sintering
Product research or development-focused experience
Proficiency in designing experiments and analyzing data
Familiarity with fuel cell and/or battery electrochemistry and ion conductors
Location: Beltsville, MD
Reports to: Ceramics R&D Manager
In addition to a competitive salary, we offer the following company benefits:
Medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance
Stock options in an early-stage company
Company and floating holidays
17 days of PTO to start, with increase upon tenure
401k plan with a 4% company match beginning after first paycheck
Wellness allowance of $1k annually
Ion Storage Systems Inc., located in Beltsville, MD, is a rapidly growing company commercializing its breakthrough lithium metal battery technology based on discoveries made at the University of Maryland. The company is committed to developing products that will impact everyday life on a global scale. Our technology improves product performance and safety in a variety of applications including, defense and aerospace, consumer electronics, electrified transportation, and renewable energy storage. Our team is made up of innovative, driven & creative individuals who are passionate about their work. The company offers an inclusive environment, growth opportunities and encourages work/life balance.
To all recruitment agencies: Ion Storage Systems, Inc. will not accept agency resumes for this role. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs email, or to any Ion Storage Systems employees or any other company email address. Ion Storage Systems is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.
Ion Storage Systems, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status.
*Eligibility to work in the United States is required prior to starting, as is proof of COVID-19 vaccination.