Electrode Process Development Engineer
Santa Clara, CA / Technology / Scale-Up / Full Time Natron is seeking an Electrode Process Development Engineer to lead and support development of new and existing electrode manufacturing processes. This position will work closely with the Operations and R&D teams to conceptualize, implement, and continuously improve processes related to electrode manufacturing. A key function of this role will be translating lab and pilot scale processes to safe and efficient pilot scale manufacturing processes. The candidate must be a strong communicator and work well with a diverse team to understand and solve complex problems. He or she has a strong sense of initiative and takes ownership of projects and process work without direct supervision. It is preferred that the candidate has prior experience with battery slurry mixing, electrode coating, and calendering processes. Prior experience in manufacturing scale-up activities and contract-manufacturer relationships is also highly valued. Responsibilities
+ Develop, validate, and document pilot-scale electrode manufacturing processes, potentially including: Slurry material handling & mixing, Electrode coating, and Electrode slitting & calendering
+ Support production team and drive continuous improvement in electrode manufacturing processes.
+ Create and maintain process documentation such as process specifications, control plans, PFMEAs, SOPs, etc.
+ Use statistical methods to analyze process performance and identify potential for further improvement.
+ Plan and execute DOEs to better understand and optimize process conditions.
+ Collaborate with R&D and adjacent Operations teams to understand their process and product needs, as they relate to electrode manufacturing.
+ Support process scale-up activities with internal and external manufacturing partners.
+ May include occasional travel
+ Clearly document and communicate activities and progress to other teams within the organization.
Experience and Skills:
+ Required: Bachelor’s of Science degree in chemical or mechanical engineering, materials science, applied physics, or related fields.
+ Required: 3+ years’ experience as a process engineer, manufacturing engineer, or similar industrial role.
+ Prior experience processing battery electrodes (slurry mixing, slot-die coating, calendering, etc.) is highly desirable.
+ Proficient with Microsoft Office and familiar with databases.
+ Prior experience preparing documentation and training team members to execute qualified processes.
Logistics:
+ This is a full time, permanent position.
+ Employees must work on site in Santa Clara.
+ Occasional travel may be required (<10%)
Natron Energy is the future of industrial power. Our battery products solve problems for the world’s largest industrial power customers including data centers, telecom networks, EV charging stations, and supply chains, which represent $30 Billion/year of addressable markets. Natron has signed sales agreements for over $50 million/year for its first commercially released and shipping product. We have supply chain contracts in place to scale up production by 100x over the next 2 years to meet our customers’ volume demands. Natron’s fully differentiated technology is based sodium ions, not lithium. Our patented Prussian blue electrode materials, which deliver 6x higher power and 100x longer cycle life than incumbent products, have no risk of fire or explosion and are fully certified by UL. Natron batteries do not use rare earth elements or conflict minerals, and are constructed using some of the most widely available commodity elements on earth. We are shipping commercial product today, and need help building the next great battery company. A position at Natron offers you the opportunity to move the entire energy storage industry forward while supporting once in a generation transformations of data networks, the electric grid, and supply chains. Natron is proud to be an equal opportunity employer . We value diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
Note : Natron’s workplace is fully compliant with national and local COVID-19 health orders and best practices. This includes strict practicing of social distancing and PPE including masks at all times in the workplace. As of September 2021, 100% of Natron’s on-site employees have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

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