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Process Design Engineer - Mechanical

Sila Nanotechnologies, Alameda, CA

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WHO YOU ARE

As a team, we start with first principles, develop new materials, design & qualify processes for pilot scale development & commercial production, and continually support & improve our manufacturing capability.  As a creative, diligent, rigorous, foresightful and hands-on technical contributor, you will design and develop the mechanical processes to synthesize materials needed for Li-ion batteries.  You will enjoy closely collaborating with a core team of Process, Equipment, and Manufacturing representatives on complex multi-phase, multi-year projects.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES 

  • Conceive of, design, develop, and validate novel scaled product synthesis methods
  • Originate clear and detailed Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) documents such as process calcs, heat and mass balances and piping & instrumentation diagrams
  • Research, recommend, and formally specify and qualify equipment
  • Develop, optimize, and qualify processes to synthesize materials for Li-ion batteries
  • Investigate material characteristic and process/device performance relationships and recommend evolution and control strategies
  • Improve Sila Process Engineering practice. Seek out, adapt, design to, work within, and disseminate industrial best practices
  • Analyze and present data to create understanding and deliver actionable information

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS

  • B.S. MechE, ChemE, Materials or related degree with 4+ years of industrial process design experience
  • Several successes designing, developing, and integrating mechanical processing unit operations into production
  • Understand equipment: wiring, mechanics, and instrument operation
  • Be a conscientious, curious, and a deliberate thinker/actor
  • Desire to work with/for a team and ability to solve problems independently
  • Materials science and engineering R&D experience would be nice
  • Proficiency with statistical process control would be nice

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position to operate a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a laptop, copier/printer machine, etc.
  • Pass a respirator fit test and be able to wear respiratory protection on a daily basis
  • Repetitive use of hands - light to forceful handling of material
  • Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, safety
    glasses, and steel toe safety shoes

 

About Sila Nanotechnologies

Sila Nanotechnologies Inc. is delivering the next generation chemistry of materials that change the landscape of what is possible with batteries. We enable dramatically higher energy density batteries for smaller, lighter, longer-lasting wearables & portable electronics, mass adoption of electric vehicles, and practical use of renewable energy. Our first products, which you can test in cells today, increase the energy density of state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries by 20% to 40%. Our materials are manufacturable economically at scale, and are drop-in replacements to existing battery manufacturing processes. Founded by Tesla Motors battery engineers and a Georgia Tech materials science professor, Sila is backed by top tier investors led by Bessemer Venture Partners, Matrix Partners, Sutter Hill Ventures, and In-Q-Tel. Our company culture is built on personal growth, mutual trust, inclusiveness, and safety. We are building a world-class materials company, where our team is close, our debates are data-driven, and our office puppies are named Angstrom, Gadget, and Lumen.

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