Senior Process Engineer - Senior Member Technical Staff (SMTS) at QuantumScape | Powderkeg

Location: HQ- San Jose, CA

Employment Type: Full-Time/Part-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 Process Engineer - Senior Member Technical Staff (SMTS) to join the _Separator Engineering - Process Development _team whose primary focus is on lithium ion battery materials process development and characterization. The successful candidate is encouraged to provide the highest quality research, while delivering clear and unambiguous results in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. As part of the process engineering team, you will help with scaling-up processes to enable high-volume manufacturing.


  • Plan and execute high quality experiments independently and arrive promptly at clear experimental findings
  • Communicate results and recommendations through regular presentations
  • Iterate on results rapidly to accelerate the rate of learning


  • Curious, hands-on approach to problem-solving
  • Share a real passion for our mission
  • Ability to perform under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Organized, meticulous, and can communicate clearly and openly and strong affinity for teamwork
  • Capable of working independently and in a cross-functional team to drive projects to completion
  • Open to working evenings or weekends


  • MS degree in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, or related field
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in process development; 0 years with a PhD in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, or related field
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience developing, characterizing, and trouble-shooting a process using process-related equipment
  • Experience with at least one scripting language (e.g. Python, R, Matlab, JMP, etc.)
  • Exposure to Design of Experiments (DOE) style experimentation and statistical analysis of data
  • Familiarity with modifying and adding new gas-lines in equipment, working knowledge of valves and thermocouples, and/or exposure to working with gas analyzer equipment


  • PhD in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, or related field
  • Knowledge of Li-ion battery science
  • Familiarity with materials characterization tools such as XRD, IGA, SEM, XPS

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