Materials Engineer

  • Form Energy
  • Somerville, MA
  • Dec 09, 2020

Job Description

Form Energy is a team of passionate people committed to helping the world transition to a 100% renewable energy electric grid with new technology. We are developing a new class of ultra low cost, long duration energy storage systems to make clean energy available even when the sun sets and the wind stops blowing. We are also developing a new class of analytical software tools to understand storage requirements and optimal operation in high renewable grids, which we call Formware™. Form’s combined hardware and software solutions have the potential to transform the electric grid by making renewable energy dispatchable year-round. The company’s core technology was invented at MIT and is supported by category leading investors including Breakthrough Energy Ventures, The Engine, and Prelude Ventures. Our team members are active learners who enjoy working on tough technology problems that can only be solved with a combination of technical innovation and joy. We are looking for world-class talent to help us change the way the world uses energy and create a renewable future!
We are looking for a Materials Engineer to investigate and test new materials for long-duration energy storage systems. This is a hands-on role in which you will prepare, characterize, and test new electrode materials. The Materials Engineer will develop and coordinate characterization efforts using internal instruments, as well as manage relationships with external characterization contractors. This position will work closely with materials processing and prototype development engineers to enable validation and scale up of electrode designs. This is an opportunity to have a direct and daily impact in an exciting energy technology startup.

What you'll do:

  • Create, validate, and author standard operating procedures for new, routine characterization efforts
  • Manage testing pipeline and improve the experimental protocols to enable higher-throughput data collection
  • Perform root cause failure analysis to understand and mitigate electrode degradation and decay mechanisms
  • Interpret ex-situ characterization (i.e., SEM, EDS, ICP, XRD, BET, TGA, DSC) data and collaborate with external specialists and consultants to accelerate materials development
  • Evaluate component-level performance using custom designed test apparatus and electronic test equipment
  • Collaborate with prototyping team to implement rapid materials design changes
  • Generate new concepts for electrode designs and optimize electrode compositions to meet target cost and performance metrics

What you'll need:

  • BS or MS in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field
  • 2+ years experience with a lab-based materials research project or product development effort (e.g., full time industrial position, internships, undergraduate research experiences)
  • Ability to perform and interpret data from chemical characterization techniques (i.e., XRD, ICP, XPS, SEM, EDS)
  • Direct experience specifying experiment design, testing hypotheses, and interpreting results
  • Ability to teach and mentor co-workers on new methods and practices
  • Familiarity with common electrochemical techniques (e.g., CV, EIS, RRDE) and battery testing (constant current, constant voltage, constant power) is a plus
  • Comfortable analyzing datasets with scientific programming languages, such as MATLAB, Python, or Mathematica preferred
US work authorization is required.
At Form Energy, we are working toward a 100% renewable energy future for everyone in the world. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all our employees and are seeking to build a team that reflects the diversity of the people we hope to serve with our revolutionary products. Form Energy is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Sectors

Energy

Drawdown solutions

Utility-Scale Energy Storage

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