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Characterization & Mechanistic Understanding Scientist/Engineer

Alsym Energy

Alsym Energy

Waltham, MA, USA · Woburn, MA, USA · Massachusetts, USA · United States
Posted on Friday, May 17, 2024

Job Title: Characterization & Mechanistic Understanding Scientist/Engineer

Industry Background: Energy storage systems is a rapidly emerging field. Over the last few years, supply-chain constraints and significant safety incidents arising from lithium-ion batteries globally have resulted in a dramatic increase in costs and reduced confidence in the reliability of the technology. Alsym is working on an exciting proprietary aqueous battery technology that is expected to compete with state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries while offering the technology at a fraction of the cost and with inherent non-flammability.

Key Qualifications:

  • PhD in electrochemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, or related discipline
  • 2+ years industry experience
  • Recently graduated PhD scientists/engineers will be considered if extensive hands-on experience with instrumentation during academic research.
  • Strong candidates will have broad knowledge of various e-chem and materials characterization techniques and proven record of method development.
  • Hands on experience with quantitative XRD, electron microscopy techniques (FE-SEM, FIB-SEM, TEM), Raman, FT-IR and XPS.
  • Good understanding of advanced characterization techniques such as XAS, PDF, GD-MS, TOF-SIMS and X-ray CT is preferred.
  • Proven track record of e-chem method development including EIS, GITT, PITT, CV, LSV, CA and RDV.
  • Experience with image data analysis software such as Avizo or Dragonfly is a plus.
  • Experience with statistical analysis such as Minitab, JMP or other software is a plus.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Develop e-chem and analytical methods for the characterization of pouch cell and component level materials, electrodes (anode and cathode), electrolyte, current collector, and separator.
  • Assemble, test and complete post-mortem analysis of pouch cells in collaboration with test engineers to determine root-cause of cell performance and failure.
  • Perform critical interpretation of analytical and cell data; analyze information to drive mechanistic understanding of battery components related to performance.
  • In coordination with external laboratories, determine the best techniques to detect complex failure modes.
  • Communicate technical findings and propose corrective actions.
  • Lead the install and commission of new analytical instruments.

Benefits, and Perks:

We are committed to providing equitable compensation and a healthy working environment for our employees with a benefits package that provides the support that you need. We cover 80% of the employee’s premium medical insurance cost through Blue Cross Blue Shield, dental insurance through Bento Dental, offer a flexible Paid Time Off program, and maintain a firm Harassment Policy that includes Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, & Gender Protections. Every employee is also eligible for PFML, 401k, and stock options. A full listing of our benefits may be provided after an offer has been issued.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity & inclusion 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.