Process Design Engineer - Advanced Materials

  • Sila Nanotechnologies
  • Alameda, CA
  • Jan 14, 2021

Job Description

WHO YOU ARE

You are creative, diligent, rigorous, insightful and hands-on. You understand the synthesis, scaleup and production of novel, advanced materials. You will design and develop chemical and physical processes to manufacture materials for Li-ion batteries. You will be on a team surrounded by individuals with diverse backgrounds, but with a similar goal. We start with first principles, develop new materials, and deliver processes through pilot scale development to commercial production. You will leverage your previous experience in materials synthesis & scaleup to collaborate with a team of Process, Equipment, and Manufacturing representatives and successfully deliver new industrial facilities on a multi-phase, multi-year timeline.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES 

  • Understand specific materials synthesis, characterization, and handling methods for novel particulate materials. Provide expertise to the team for success in day-to-day operations containing these materials.
  • Design, develop, and validate chemical and physical processes utilizing industry best practices
  • Originate clear and detailed Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) documents such as mass and energy balances, specification sheets, piping and instrumentation diagrams with supporting process calculations
  • Research, recommend, specify and qualify equipment necessary for safe and efficient operation
  • Plan & execute designed experiments (DOEs) at various process scales and perform process modeling to elucidate the underlying mechanism, kinetics, and transport of production processes
  • Investigate material characteristics and process/device performance relationships to recommend continual improvement and control strategies
  • Design to, and work within, and help create Sila best practices
  • Analyze and present data to create understanding and deliver actionable information

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS

  • M.S./Ph.D. Chemical Engineering with 8+ years of industrial processing experience 
  • Understand asset operation and troubleshooting: 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 process simulation or 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

 

Organization Type

Company

Organization Size

101-250

Sectors

Energy, Transportation

Drawdown solutions

Distributed Energy Storage, Utility-Scale Energy Storage

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