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Intern - Battery Performance Research

  • Posted: over a month ago
  • $30 to $45 Hourly
  • Internship
Job Description
About Us

We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world's transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world?

Who You Are

Are you a thoughtful, creative, diligent, and curious researcher? Sila is seeking a scientist (multiple internship positions available) to:

  1. Help elucidate the underlying structure-property relationships of binder materials and their impact on electrochemical performance
  2. Help develop electrochemical models and methods to understand the voltage vs charge characteristics of various chemistries
  3. Design, build, and validate Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) analytical methods to study electrolytes
  4. Design, build, and validate cell platforms with advanced electrode materials, and use these platforms to explore and develop novel electrolytes
Responsibilities and Duties
  • Spend 6+ months onsite at Sila, beginning in January or February 2023, to work exclusively on the assigned project; this is not a remote position
  • Work closely with a scientist for technical aspects and also with a larger cross-company team of diverse backgrounds to discover and communicate knowledge for the long term development of our next generation battery materials
  • Help build and operationalize new approaches, instrumentation, and analytics
  • Investigate how to improve state-of-the-art Li-ion battery chemistries and materials
  • Ensure that data collection is rigorous
  • Design, execute, and improve experimental workflows
  • Identify safety hazards and work cooperatively to implement improvements
  • Invest in our values and champion them as we grow
Knowledge and Skill Requirements
  • BSc (or preferably MSc currently enrolled in a PhD program) or equivalent research experience with a focus in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, or a related field
  • Ability to clearly communicate technical findings to diverse audiences
  • Experience in collaborative problem solving: share knowledge, ideas, resources, and strategies in order to solve challenging scientific problems
Physical Demands and Working Conditions
  • Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, and safety toe shoes
  • Use a glove box and/or fume hood to prepare samples
  • Operate analytical equipment at a lab bench
  • Move items up to 25 lbs with the assistance of lift equipment and carts
  • Move long distances (such as from building to building) and be stationary for extended periods of time
  • Operate a computer and other office equipment, such as a laptop, copier/printer, etc. in a fixed location

The starting base pay for this role is between $30/hr and $45/hr at the time of posting. The actual base pay depends on many factors, such as education, experience, and skills. The base pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future. This role may also be eligible for overtime and benefits

Working at Sila

We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

Sila Nanotechnologies


Alameda, CA



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