Principal Cathode Development Process Engineer - Principal Member Technical Staff (PMTS) at QuantumScape | Powderkeg

Location: HQ- San Jose, CA

Employment Type: Full-Time/Part-time

Team: Cell Engineering & Process Development

Come join us on our mission as we revolutionize energy storage to enable a sustainable future.

_ QuantumScape_ is an energy storage technology company, located in San Jose, CA , and we are working on a fundamental disruption in the field of energy storage. We seek to change the paradigm in energy storage by developing a completely new class of electrical energy storage device. We are backed by top VC firms and our ground-breaking technology is based on work done by researchers at Stanford University.

Do you want to learn about and work on this critical part of the future energy economy?

_ QuantumScape_ is seeking a Principal Cathode Development Process Engineer to join the _Cell Engineering & Process Development _team to help drive electrode preparation activities to efficient sustain, improve methods and support the development of new processing techniques to increase product performance and reliability. The individual in this role will lead cathode process development and scale-up with internal teams and external partners and develop next-generation cathode electrode process and technology for QuantumScape solid-state cell products.


  • Identify the process obstacles and test various coating, calendaring, slitting, punching, and storage management to optimize the process of the cathode electrode
  • Work with procurement team to qualify cathode processing equipment in pilot and industrial scale
  • Establish quality control specifications for the processes and cathode materials
  • Conduct proof-of-concept DOE to meet the customer's energy density requirement as well as cell performance
  • Bring expertise in cathode active material's processing properties, including NMC, NCA, and LFP.
  • Work closely with the R&D team to develop new cathode electrode for next generation


  • Thrive in a fast-paced, technically exciting environment and quickly adapt to changes
  • Share a real passion for our mission
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and collaboration skills with all levels of personnel
  • Organizational skills with attention to detail


  • MS/PhD in chemical engineering, material science, physics, or chemistry (or a related field)
  • Proven experience (PhD with 6 years or MS with 8years) with process development in lithium-ion battery manufacturing
  • Experience in pilot or mass production-scale lithium-ion cathode process
  • Prior experience with quality control, FMEA, six sigma


  • Cell design (all component, cathode, anode, electrolyte) and evaluation experience is plus

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation.

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Principal Cathode Development Process Engineer - Principal Member Technical Staff (PMTS)
  • Company
  • Location
    San Jose, CA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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