Principal Mechanical Engineer - Principal Member Technical Staff at QuantumScape | Powderkeg

Location: HQ- San Jose, CA

Employment Type: Full-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, California , 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 groundbreaking technology is based on work done by researchers at Stanford University.

QuantumScape is developing batteries that will power the next generation of transportation. Do you want to be involved and work on a critical part of the future energy economy?

The Cell Product Development Team is looking to augment their team with the addition of an experienced and meticulous ** _Principal Mechanical Engineer - PMTS _**who is looking for technical challenges and professional growth. There will be an opportunity to lead projects and focused teams working on cell packages.


The individual chosen for this mission-critical role will be responsible for designing cell packaging based on the customers' requirements and work closely with our FEA (finite element analysis) and (CFD) computational fluid dynamics engineers to accelerate our team's design activities. They will work in small teams to prototype new sophisticated battery enclosure designs, assembly equipment, and pilot-line production machines to help scale our technology to high-volume at low-cost production in our coming Giga-Battery production factory.

Consideration will be given to qualified candidates from battery, medical, semiconductor, consumer electronics, automotive, aerospace, or other fields with related technology and development models.


  • Design and develop industry standard and innovative solid-state cell enclosures for high-volume low-cost manufacturing
  • Work with other design engineers on verification/validation, as well as design optimization
  • Recommend design changes/directions to meet product performance requirements
  • Participate in team brainstorming and new technology development


  • BS/MS/PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or similar concentration
  • Minimum 10 years of design experience in high-volume, sheet metal, injection molding, stamping, die casting, and/or stage tooling.
  • Extensive 3D CAD experience (i.e. SolidWorks, Inventor, Fusion 360, Autodesk Vault, etc.)
  • Versed in product evaluation and qualification testing (i.e., drop, shack, fragility, environment, transportation, regulatory, compliance, safety, UL, CSA, TUV, RoHS, WEEE, and REACH)


  • Validation and mechanical performance testing
  • Self-motivated to identify and close design issues
  • Outstanding verbal and visual communication skills

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 Mechanical Engineer - Principal Member Technical Staff
  • Company
  • Location
    San Jose, CA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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