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Ceramic Scientist I
Beltsville, Maryland, United States - 20705

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

Required Experience:

*Pending undergraduate degrees will be considered if accompanied by at least 6 months of undergrad research/lab experience.

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.

Desired Qualifications:

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

Company Description

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.