Senior Powder and Slurry Engineer - Senior Member Technical Staff (SMTS) at QuantumScape | Powderkeg

Location: HQ- San Jose, CA

Employment Type: Full-Time

Team: Separator Engineering & Process Development

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

** QuantumScape** _ _ is a well-funded start-up located in San Jose, California _ _ working on new energy storage technology to allow electric vehicles to outperform internal combustion cars. Our leap in energy density and charge rate is enabled by a different chemistry and cell architecture which also benefits safety. Our quick progress is due in part to a state-of- the-art laboratory facility, highly automated data collection and analysis, and a strong and clear set of values.

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

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** QuantumScape** _ _ is seeking a _ Senior Powder and Slurry Engineer - Senior Member Technical Staff (SMTS)_ to join the Separator Engineering - Process Development team wh ose primary focus to drive continuous improvement efforts of existing methods and support the development of new materials processing techniques that will increase product performance and reliability.


  • Own and continuously improve existing powder and slurry production processes
  • Define performance requirements and technical specifications to develop new processing methods for optimizing performance aligned with our technology roadmap
  • Test hypotheses by applying your knowledge of engineering statistics and design of experiment concepts to methodically plan and execute process experiments and yield conclusive results
  • Analyze and optimally communicate your results to management
  • Develop and maintain drawings, operating procedures, and work instructions
  • Work in accordance with all safety procedures


  • Curious, hands-on approach to problem-solving
  • Self-motivated and have a track record of learning new skills and techniques
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, technically exciting environment and quickly adapt to changes
  • Strong communicator that enjoys collaborating with colleagues to solve technical challenges
  • Able and willing to travel domestically up to 20% and internationally if needed
  • Share a real passion for our mission


  • BS degree in Ceramic, Chemical, Materials or Process Engineering, or related field
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in process development; 3 years with Masters degree; 0 years with PhD
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in powder synthesis and slurry production
  • Proven ability in a manufacturing or development engineering role where you played a crucial role in defining design and process requirements


  • Proven experience working within operations and/or manufacturing teams
  • Practical knowledge of six sigma methodologies
  • Knowledge of media milling and mixing equipment
  • Familiarity with developing and tooling to deliver results on time and within budget
  • Exposure to working in multi-functional teams delivering breakthrough process improvements
  • Ability to lead junior engineers and technicians on multiple shifts


  • May work with airtight isolation chambers for 15-30% of the time
  • May frequently reach above shoulder heights and below the waist
  • May be required to use hand or power tools
  • Ability to stoop, kneel, crawl, lift, push and extend arms

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
    Senior Powder and Slurry Engineer - Senior Member Technical Staff (SMTS)
  • Company
  • Location
    San Jose, CA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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