Summary
Have you worked in the battery, chemical manufacturing, or other lab environment? Do you strive to be a part of a team that will have an impact across the company and in the industry? Batteries are the single most critical part of the new energy economy for EVs, grid storage, consumer and IoT.
Blue Current has developed a solid-state solution that exceeds the best batteries in the industry. The company is well funded and has a deep IP portfolio with dozens of patents granted and pending. Now we need you to join us in driving the next level of innovation in our cell development.

Description
As a battery manufacturing technician you will be focused on producing battery materials and/or building cells that deliver high energy density, safety, and manufacturability. You will be spending your day creating a supply of materials and/or building cells and then characterizing all in an effort to support whole Blue Current team. A background in materials science, chemical engineering, chemistry, or any related field is preferred. This position will offer hands-on, fast paced work on a growing team that has a shared passion to change the energy storage landscape.

Responsibilities

  • Produce various battery components, assemble battery cells and put up for test (electrode material processing, slurry mixing, coating, assembly and formation)
  • Making materials and cells in glove box and/or pilot scale manufacturing line (Roll to roll process, stacking machine, tab welding, pouch sealing and others)
  • Characterize cell materials using with various analytical techniques (e.g. Rheometer, Viscometer, Particle size analyzer, Thickness measurement, Microscope and others)
  • Maintain the organization and cleanliness of the laboratory spaces
  • Perform frequent preventative maintenance and calibrations on equipment to maintain best operating conditions and functionality
  • Complete material documentation accurately and timely with detail
  • Quickly adapt to constantly evolving processes of core technology while maintaining detailed notes and updated data sheets that reflect changes

Requirements

  • 3+ years of work experience in a fast-paced lab or manufacturing environment requiring high accuracy execution of processes or experiments
  • Previous powder process (Powder mixing, synthesis process, sieving, classification)
  • And/or Previous roll to roll process and machine (slot die, gravure, comma coating, calendering, slitting) experience
  • And/or Previous slurry mixing experience (Handling powder, solvent, handling various types of mixers)
  • And/or battery cell assembly (Stamping, stacking, JR winding, ultrasonic welding, pouch sealing)
  • Previous glovebox/dry room experience
  • Previous chemical manufacturing experience
  • Experience working in an environment that requires strong attention to detail and precision
  • Consistent and thorough documentation, and standard operating procedures
  • Ability to work in a dry room and a glove box for extended periods of time
  • Ability to stand or sit for long periods of time and perform hand intensive repetitive tasks
  • Above-average fine manual dexterity and visual acuity
  • Working knowledge of Excel and Word
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills and experience working with team members to overcome technical challenges
  • Clear written and verbal skills to logically communicate ideas and thought processes
  • Appreciation for and adherence to lab and work safety policies
  • Ability to read and understand SDS

Preferred

  • BA/BS in Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, or similar field lab science
  • Familiarity with analytical tools such as SEM, XRD, TGA, Viscometer, Rheometer, Particle size analyzer, Powder characteristics (Bulk/Tap density, Microscope, Micrometer,
  • Experience of working in a chemical laboratory and handling hazardous materials
  • Basic knowledge about chemistry (understanding of difference between acid/base, meaning of pH, and awareness of those risks)

Location

Hayward, California

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