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Ceramic Scientist I
Beltsville, Maryland, United States - 20705


Ion Storage Systems is seeking a team-oriented, enthusiastic scientist to help develop our next-generation solid state lithium metal battery. As part of an interdisciplinary R&D team, the Ceramic Scientist will work hands on in the lab, executing experiments to improve the solid electrolyte technology through fabrication and characterization of ceramic materials, process development, and data analysis. The Ceramic Scientist will help develop and refine experimental processes and work with the Engineering Team to standardize newly developed innovative processes. The ideal candidate is a detail-oriented, enthusiastic scientist or engineer with experience working in a research laboratory.

Key Responsibilities:

Learn key stages of the solid electrolyte processing and fabrication method

In collaboration with the team, design experiments related to solid electrolyte materials and processes

Independently execute the experiments and tasks in the lab

Characterize solid electrolyte powders and sintered products and analyze the results

Document and communicate experimental methods, results, and uncertainties

Look for opportunities to innovate on current technology and processes

Maintain lab cleanliness and promote environmental health and safety in the daily work environment

Required Qualifications:

B.S. or M.S. in Chemical/Ceramic/Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, or related field

1+ years of experience conducting research in a laboratory setting

Some experience with materials characterization and analytical techniques such as SEM, XRD, particle size analysis, etc.

Ability to learn quickly and to communicate openly

Eagerness to work on innovative technology 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 sintering

Product research or product development focused experience

Proficiency designing experiments and analyzing data

Familiarity with fuel cell, capacitors, and/or battery electrochemistry and ionic materials


This role does not offer sponsorship for work authorization. Applicants must be eligible to work in the US.


Immediate eligibility for Medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance.

Stock Options in an early-stage company

3 Weeks of Paid Time Off and Paid Company Holidays

ION 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.

Company Description

ION, 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. ION offers an inclusive environment, growth opportunities and encourages work/life balance.