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Polymer Chemist III
Beltsville, Maryland, United States - 20705

Polymer Chemist III 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 Polymer Chemist to our team in Beltsville, MD. This position reports to the Ceramics R&D Manger and will lead development of polymer formulations for novel processes to manufacture the ceramic electrolyte in our solid-state battery. The Polymer Chemist will spearhead material and process innovation focusing on material selection, processing, and characterization of curable polymers thermal, UV, e-beam, 2-part, etc.. The ideal candidate is energized by challenges and wants to be part of a fast-paced, cohesive team to make an impact.


Apply polymer background to develop new formulations of ceramic polymer composite matrices and follow through to process feasibility

Lead R&D projects directed towards achieving company goals - determining experimental approach, designing experiments, and efficiently communicating progress and critical findings

Identify and implement new methods, analytical measurements, or equipment to achieve project goals

Take the initiative to anticipate and solve problems

Look for opportunities to improve or invent products

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

Required Experience:

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related field

4+ years of experience postdoctoral or industrial in polymer research and development

Experience with curable polymer formulation, processing, and characterization

Experience with a variety of chemical and materials characterization tools, e.g., FTIR, NMR, GC/MS, LC/MS, TGA, DSC, etc.

Required Skills:

Ability to learn, adapt, and innovate in a dynamic R&D environment

Ability to analyze and resolve highly complex technical challenges thoroughly and efficiently using an analytical approach

Works well in a collaborative and team-focused setting

Clear, effective, and efficient communication skills

Excellent organizational skills

Department: R&D

Location: Beltsville, MD

*This role is fully in-person.

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 as a U.S. Citizen or U.S. permanent resident is required for consideration. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required as well.