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Sila Nanotechnologies

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101-250
Alameda, California, United States

Company Description

Sila Nanotechnologies is an electronics company that offers new battery materials chemistry. It works directly with leading consumer electronics and automotive OEMs to help accelerate product roadmaps, and partners with battery manufacturers commercial cell production. The company was founded in 2011 and headquartered in California, United States.

Jobs (26)

Integration Engineer

Full time role
Oakland, CA
Sep 21, 2022
About Us We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world? Who You Are You are a creative and collaborative integration engineer. You can communicate technical details to diverse audiences, especially in relation to data quality and result interpretation. You are skilled in designing experiments and performing statistical analysis to create process specifications. You are detail oriented and technically savvy, and can manage numerous projects simultaneously while delivering results on time. You are comfortable with ambiguity and eager to create structure. You are passionate about clean energy technology and are excited to be a key contributor to set the standard for the next generation of Li-ion batteries. Responsibilities and Duties Cross-functionally collaborate with Process Development, Manufacturing, & Quality teams, to define process specification limits and process capability indices (Cpk). Work closely with the Process Development team to establish baseline performance metrics and identify the key levers to drive optimal process reliability, quality and uptime. Investigate material characteristics and process/device performance relationships to recommend continual improvement and control strategies Establish engineering change management systems to evaluate and mitigate process and product risks. Coordinate with Development and Manufacturing teams to schedule and prioritize activities to meet goals. Knowledge and Skill Requirements BS in Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Physics or related science field with 4+ years of relevant process integration experience Proficient in experimental design (DOE) for screening, linear model development, and response surface optimization. Proficient in six sigma (DMAIC) concepts, statistical process control (SPC), failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA), and structured problem solving methodologies (8D). Hands on experience with ramping technology from lab-scale to high volume manufacturing Experience with engineering change management during product development lifecycle. Working knowledge of analytical techniques such as Brunauer, Emmett, & Teller (BET), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and particle size distribution (PSD) to characterize materials and products used in lithium ion batteries. Clear communicator, collaboratively solves problems and sets others up for success. Easy rapport, genuine empathy, and durable composure. Physical Demands and Working Conditions Pass a respirator fit test and be able to wear respiratory protection daily Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, and steel toe safety shoes Move items up to 50 lbs with the assistance of lift equipment and carts Move long distances (such as from building to building) and be stationary for extended periods of time Reach low shelves or items on the floor Enter spaces narrower than 3 feet Climb stairs or over containment walls Precise and repetitive handling of a range of material quantities Working at Sila We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

Director of Account Management, European Auto

Full time role
Germany
Sep 13, 2022
About Us We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world? Who You Are As the head of Account Management for European Auto customers, you report to the VP of Battery Engineering and Commercialization. You're an empathetic leader with the skills to quarterback a cross-functional team to successfully program manage multiple accounts and sell Sila’s material to European auto OEMs. Your work will include understanding customer requirements and helping drive technical direction to support these customers leading to signed sales contracts. Responsibilities and Duties Identify and expand sales into new programs at existing accounts using the sales plans you’ve developed Manage a small 1-2 person team of Customer Program managers to develop project plans and timelines with concrete steps and goals to support your customer. Be the champion of that schedule to support the team’s ability to meet the obligations of that schedule. Build trust with the customer. Manage customer expectations when reality requires the schedule to change. Work in collaboration with product management to understand customer product roadmaps, product requirements and tradeoffs customers are willing to make. Build tight relations with customers, enabling Sila’s respective teams to know and communicate directly with the customers’ quality, production, supply chain, engineering, product, and finance teams. Understand the org chart, and function of each contact, especially the decision makers. Share information learned about competitors, industry trends, and other customers. Own the main communication channel with the customer. Organize face-to-face and virtual meetings with each customer and prepare attendees and presentations to ensure a productive exchange of ideas Make tactical customer program level decisions in discussion with other internal teams Coach Sila team members on how to interact with the customer. Set clear goals before meetings such that all Sila members are aligned on the meeting goals and know what to say/not to say. Knowledge and Skills Requirement Good technical understanding of batteries and desire to learn more Successfully closed multiple B2B products contracts from customer intro to contract signing to fulfillment 10+ years as an account management leader, including external work with customers Strong network within at least one European vehicle OEM. Deep understanding of how the auto supply chain business operates Ability to stay firm, confident and unrattled in difficult negotiation sessions. Ability to guide conversations in a desired direction. Comfortable generating, interpreting, and presenting data and reports both internally and externally that are informative and build trust. Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a wide array of personalities and partners, driving alignment, prioritization, and progress in rapidly changing situations Commitment to build trust both internally and with customers, both technically and personally Fluency in German and English Physical Demands and Working Conditions Extensive travel within Europe and periodically between Europe and Sila HQ # LI-FM1 Working at Sila We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

R&D Hardware Technician (Contract)

Full time role
Alameda, CA
Sep 9, 2022
About Us We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world? Who You Are You’re a self-directed, hands-on engineering technician with a passion for solving time-critical problems. You’re energized by digging deep into sophisticated technical issues, finding root causes, and making fixes that last. Your teammates trust your work because they know you don’t miss details and you always lead with objectivity and practicality. You’re excited to learn about new fields and new ways of working alongside engineers, scientists, and production staff. You’re good at communicating observations clearly to a range of audiences. You’ve built your intuition and judgment working on multidisciplinary systems (e.g., mechanical, electronic, pneumatic, hydraulic) and you’re looking forward to applying that intuition to a new set of problems. You’re flexible and can quickly find the right balance between speed and refinement; you know that the right solution always depends on the big picture. Responsibilities and Duties Debug the fleet of custom and off-the-shelf chemical synthesis machines that form the core of Sila’s lab-scale synthesis capability. Diagnose and tackle interrelated mechanical, electrical, sensing, actuation, plumbing, and software problems. Clearly document and communicate the work you do to the rest of the team. Carry out both routine and unplanned maintenance on machines with demanding uptime requirements. Based on your observations, refine maintenance SOPs to prevent machine failures before they happen. Be ready with the right parts, know-how, and a can-do attitude to respond to unplanned machine downtime. As your expertise grows, work to improve the machines and the processes we run on them. This will include mechanical fabrication, electrical wiring, commissioning, and interfaces with facility systems (gas plumbing, PCW plumbing, HVAC, AC power). Find and eliminate sources of drift and uncertainty. Work with our lab operations team to plan and schedule work in a way that enhances productivity. Proactively communicate your plans and project status to all involved parties. Work with external vendors and contractors to get projects done. Ensure successful completion of contractor projects and facilitate smooth handoffs to our internal team. Work safely: keep a clean and safe work environment. Correct unsafe behaviors and report incidents. Understand and respect hazardous materials and processes. Knowledge and Skill Requirements At least 3 years of hands-on work experience in a field with multidisciplinary systems (i.e., at least two of: mechanical, electronic, pneumatic, hydraulic, or software systems integrated together on a single platform). Knowledge of AC and DC power fundamentals, sensor/signal troubleshooting, and field wiring. Able to use multimeters and a variety of wiring hand tools. Detailed, curious, and deliberate approach to problem-solving. Consistent and reliable project completion, from routine maintenance to new builds to retrofits. Strong communication skills (written and verbal), both with Sila employees and external contractors. Proven track record to surface problems constructively. Physical Demands and Working Conditions Pass a respirator fit test and be able to wear respiratory protection on a periodic basis Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, and steel toe safety shoes Move items up to 50 lbs with the assistance of lift equipment and carts Move long distances (such as from building to building) Working at Sila We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

Laboratory Technician (Contract)

Full time role
Alameda, CA
Sep 9, 2022
About Us We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world? Who You Are As a laboratory technician in New Materials Research, you will help create the next generation of battery materials by assisting in the manufacturing of battery cells. This person will be responsible for cathode slurry mixing, electrode coating, and calendaring. This position requires prior hands-on lab experience, preferably in the field of batteries. Responsibilities and Duties Handling battery materials and battery electrodes in a laboratory environment. Assist in manufacturing of key battery components according to SOP, which includes: cathode slurries mixing and coating, electrolyte formation, and coin cell assembly. Complete analytical testing in support of routine cathode production using new materials, R&D work, and analytical method development under the supervision of a staff engineer. Communicate and coordinate daily priorities with management. Communicate roadblocks and issues to management and other partners. Maintain and improve laboratory operating standards, procedures, and systems. Maintain, calibrate, and troubleshoot testing equipment. Work safely: keep a clean and safe work environment. Correct unsafe behaviors and report incidents. Understand and respect hazardous materials and processes. Knowledge and Skill Requirements 2 years or more of laboratory experience in a research or manufacturing environment required Experience in performing routine analytical work efficiently, consistently, and with attention to detail Experience in following and improving written procedures and documenting results in electronic systems Experience in planning and prioritizing daily work activities, collaborating with team members / internal customers, and seeking guidance as needed Experience in troubleshooting analytical instruments and asking for help as needed Demonstrated ability to learn quickly and drive improvement initiatives Physical Demands and Working Conditions Pass a respirator fit test and be able to wear respiratory protection every day Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, and steel toe safety shoes Move items up to 35lbs with the assistance of lift equipment and carts Repetitive use of hands - light to forceful handling of material Able to stand for extended periods of time Working at Sila We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

Staff Application Development Engineer

Full time role
Alameda, CA
Sep 2, 2022
About Us We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world? WHO YOU ARE You are creative, proactive, meticulous, and hands-on. You understand the potential of new materials and combine creativity and technical excellence to bring to life new applications and products. You are able to quickly survey and define key product requirements for new applications, develop novel fabrication methods to create new product prototypes, and rigorously develop and implement new test methodologies to establish data-driven customer value propositions. You possess a diverse skill set and are equally effective working with material development partners, customers, proactively capturing IP opportunities, and rigorously developing structure/process/property relationships to support new product development. You will leverage your previous experience in material and application development to collaborate with a diverse team of Research, Equipment Development, and Product representatives and help drive the development of novel, materials-based battery products RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES Develop characterization and test methods to address needs for both scientific understanding and benchmarking of commercial products Develop novel fabrication methods to efficiently prototype new materials-based products Plan and execute designed experiments (DOEs) both internally and with external development partners to elucidate structure/process/property/function relationships in novel, advanced materials Document and communicate findings for a broad set of partners Identify safety hazards and work cooperatively to implement improvements KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS PhD degree in engineering or physical sciences and 2+ years of industry experience (or equivalent) Track record of independent, advanced materials research Demonstrated success collaborating in a highly technical interdisciplinary setting with internal stakeholders, suppliers, external development partners, and customers Ability to clearly communicate technical findings to a diverse audience including verbal, written, and presentation Experience with developing new sample fabrication methods to demonstrate proof of concept for new materials-based products Experience with defining industrially-relevant test programs, establishing and validating new test methods, and actively benchmarking against reference samples to demonstrate value propositions for new materials-based products Experience with advanced data analysis (python, database mining, JMP, etc.) Professional experience with materials-based new product development is a plus Experience with battery materials and/or electrochemical testing techniques is a plus PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS Pass a respirator fit test and be able to wear respiratory protection on a periodic basis Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, and steel toe safety shoes Use a glove box to prepare samples Operate analytical equipment at a bench Move items up to 25 lbs with the assistance of lift equipment and carts Move long distances (such as from building to building) and be stationary for extended periods of time Operate a computer and other office equipment, such as a laptop, copier/printer, etc in a fixed location Working at Sila We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

Senior Application Development Engineer

Full time role
Alameda, CA
Sep 2, 2022
About Us We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world? WHO YOU ARE You are creative, proactive, meticulous, and hands-on. You understand the potential of new materials and combine creativity and technical excellence to bring to life new applications and products. You are able to quickly survey and define key product requirements for new applications, develop novel fabrication methods to create new product prototypes, and rigorously develop and implement new test methodologies to establish data-driven customer value propositions. You possess a diverse skill set and are equally effective working with material development partners, customers, proactively capturing IP opportunities, and rigorously developing structure/process/property relationships to support new product development. You will leverage your previous experience in material and application development to collaborate with a diverse team of Research, Equipment Development, and Product representatives and help drive the development of novel, materials-based battery products RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES Develop characterization and test methods to address needs for both scientific understanding and benchmarking of commercial products Develop novel fabrication methods to efficiently prototype new materials-based products Plan and execute designed experiments (DOEs) both internally and with external development partners to elucidate structure/process/property/function relationships in novel, advanced materials Document and communicate findings for a broad set of partners Identify safety hazards and work cooperatively to implement improvements KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS PhD degree in engineering or physical sciences and 2+ years of industry experience (or equivalent) Track record of independent, advanced materials research Demonstrated success collaborating in a highly technical interdisciplinary setting with internal stakeholders, suppliers, external development partners, and customers Ability to clearly communicate technical findings to a diverse audience including verbal, written, and presentation Experience with developing new sample fabrication methods to demonstrate proof of concept for new materials-based products Experience with defining industrially-relevant test programs, establishing and validating new test methods, and actively benchmarking against reference samples to demonstrate value propositions for new materials-based products Experience with advanced data analysis (python, database mining, JMP, etc.) Professional experience with materials-based new product development is a plus Experience with battery materials and/or electrochemical testing techniques is a plus PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS Pass a respirator fit test and be able to wear respiratory protection on a periodic basis Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, and steel toe safety shoes Use a glove box to prepare samples Operate analytical equipment at a bench Move items up to 25 lbs with the assistance of lift equipment and carts Move long distances (such as from building to building) and be stationary for extended periods of time Operate a computer and other office equipment, such as a laptop, copier/printer, etc in a fixed location Working at Sila We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

Process Engineering Manager

Full time role
San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Sep 2, 2022
About Us We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world? ABOUT US We design and produce engineered materials that dramatically increase the energy density of rechargeable Li-ion batteries. We enable smaller, lighter, longer lasting electronic devices and unlock mass adoption of affordable, long-range electric vehicles. Our products work today, are a drop-in solution for existing battery manufacturing processes, and can be manufactured economically at scale. Sila was founded in 2011 and is based in Alameda, CA. Our founders are two early Tesla Motors battery engineers and a Professor of Materials Science at Georgia Tech. We’re backed by top tier venture capital firms, led by Bessemer Venture Partners, Matrix Partners, Sutter Hill Ventures, and In-Q-Tel. Our company culture is built on personal growth, mutual trust, inclusiveness, and safety. We are building a world-class materials company, where our team is close, debates are data-driven, and our nerdiest office puppies are named Angstrom, Lumen, and Gadget. We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law. WHO YOU ARE You will lead a team of Engineers that create process improvements and design specifications, the design and creation of chemical reaction equipment, tools, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for the manufacturing of advanced engineered materials that will set the new standard of innovation for the next generation batteries. You like challenges, you take pride in your work, you are a detailed technical leader that can manage numerous projects simultaneously, while delivering results on-time, to meet or exceed goals and expectations. You’re passionate and knowledgeable about: clean energy, advanced materials, particulates, batteries, or related fields, sciences, and technologies. RESPONSIBILITIES Leadership of a team that is responsible for the design and scale-up of chemical reaction equipment, tools, and improved processes. Provide clear direction for process design, chemical reaction engineering, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Artfully balance competing resources and cross-functional objectives in a fast-paced and matrixed environment. Lead techno-economic evaluation of capital and operating expenses for designed equipment. Complete process simplification and value engineering objectives while maximizing yield, quality, and throughput. Define and manage trade-offs between in-house development versus acceleration via vendors, tollers, and EPCs. Work closely with the Process Development team to establish baseline performance metrics and identify the key levers to drive optimal process reliability, quality and uptime. Hire, coach, and support talent through consistent feedback, navigation of challenges, and celebration of wins QUALIFICATIONS BS/MS/PhD in Chemical Engineering, Materials, Mechanical Engineering or related field 10+ years of relevant technology experience; 5+ years of demonstrated technical team leadership experience Proficient in process design, improvements and simulation, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), techno-economic modeling, and experimental design (DOE). Expert level knowledge within particle technology, particulate handling, and safety. Knowledgeable, curious, and humble while being an incisive and clear communicator. Easy rapport, genuine empathy, and durable composure. Tech-Savvy: able to move quickly between different physical tools, databases, data processing software and operating systems to effectively generate and share insights Collaboratively solves problems and sets others up for success PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS Must be able to: Remain in a stationary position to operate a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a laptop, copier/printer machine, etc. Pass a respirator fit test and be able to wear respiratory protection. Repetitive use of hands - light to forceful handling of material. Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, and steel toe safety shoes. Precise and repetitive handling of a range of material quantities. Working at Sila We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

Senior Technical Program Manager, Manufacturing Technology

Full time role
Alameda, CA
Aug 30, 2022
About Us We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world? Who You Are As a Senior Technical Program Manager, Manufacturing Technology, you will be essential to Sila’s success in scaling our advanced manufacturing technologies to meet the skyrocketing demand for next-generation batteries to support consumer devices and electric vehicles. You work cross-functionally with Sila’s teams in Process & Equipment Development, Capital Projects, Materials Development, Battery Engineering, Product Management, Research, Supply Chain, Operations, Quality and Finance. You will ensure tight coordination and alignment while executing plans to meet project objectives. Responsibilities and Duties Drive cross-functional efforts to develop and deploy Sila’s next gen manufacturing technology with a focus on material handling and automation Translate business requirements into plans, with clear assumptions, scope and results Develop detailed program plans and schedules and drive progress, prioritize key activities, and proactively lead risks Crisply and clearly communicate program status to partners and across teams Develop and refine program management tools and processes Drive decision making through development governance processes and ensure quality of deliverables Cultivate strong, collaborative relationships and promote a supportive program team environment Knowledge and Skill Requirements Bachelor’s Degree or higher in engineering or physical sciences 8+ years of relevant experience, preferably in manufacturing or the battery industry Track record of successfully delivering manufacturing technology solutions Results oriented, self-motivated, and proactive with proven creative and critical thinking Adept at collaborating with both technical and business groups Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail Physical Demands and Working Conditions Pass a respirator fit test and be able to wear respiratory protection on a daily basis Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, and steel toe safety shoes Move items up to 50 lbs with the assistance of lift equipment and carts Move long distances (such as from building to building) and be stationary for extended periods of time Working at Sila We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

Director of Software Engineering, R&D Systems

Full time role
Alameda, CA
Aug 30, 2022
About Us We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world? Who You Are As Sila’s R&D Software Systems Leader, you’re an inspiring leader in establishing and driving best practices in modern, R&D laboratory environments. You partner with our Battery & Research leaders to design, develop and procure highly efficient lab operations software systems. In addition to lab operations, R&D Software Systems includes a focus on image processing and other complex algorithms for analyzing data and accelerating innovation in the battery materials domain. You understand and apply modern leadership principles and are very proficient in building/leading impactful teams. Responsibilities and Duties Lead the R&D software systems team Partner with key peers to enhance Sila’s lab information management system. Partner with the Enterprise Manufacturing Software Systems and the Systems Engineering teams to define software development policies and approaches for all Sila software Recruit, interview, hire, and onboard extraordinary new Silazens to expand our team’s bandwidth, capabilities, and diversity. Partner with the Systems & IT teams as well as the overall business to lead technology risks and maintain business continuity & disaster recovery plans Knowledge and Skill Requirements Demonstrated ability leading and building enterprise software engineering teams in fast-paced, rapidly growing environments 5+ years with Python and microservices architectures B.S. or higher in computer science or related field Experience with lab information management systems (LIMS) that tightly integrate with hardware instruments Passion for hiring and developing diverse talent Exceptional collaboration, communication and leadership abilities Demonstrated ability to quickly master new technologies and drive improvement using a data/metrics driven approach Experience with modern, web-app development frameworks such as Python microservice architectures in AWS Physical Demands and Working Conditions Operate a computer and other office equipment, such as a laptop, copier/printer, etc in a fixed location Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, and steel toe safety shoes Move items up to 50 lbs with the assistance of lift equipment and carts Move long distances (such as from building to building) and be stationary for extended periods of time #LI-FM1 Working at Sila We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

Engineer, Machine Design & Instrumentation

Full time role
Alameda, CA
Aug 18, 2022
About Us We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world? Who You Are You’re a multidisciplinary, hands-on engineer who thrives on pursuing technical truth. You’re motivated by devising new methods of observing and measuring subtle physical phenomena. You know what a reliable signal looks like and how to find one in a noisy system. You have strong multidisciplinary engineering intuition, which will be indispensable in this role: you’ll be addressing the interrelated chemical, electrical, and mechanical phenomena in batteries. Microns matter in our field, so experience in precision assembly design will also be important. Your technical background will help you understand how to untangle complex problems, collaborate successfully with battery engineers, and tackle the unique problems of bringing new battery materials to market. You’re reliable and pragmatic; you deliver projects on time. You know how important it is for others to rely on your work, so you are thorough and considerate of how your work has an effect on others. Responsibilities & Duties Design and build new hardware (and the software that enables it) for battery fabrication, characterization, and support for commercial deployment. This will include precision fixtures, measurement devices, fully automated production tools, and infrastructure systems. Your work will encompass both mechanical and electrical design. Support Sila’s battery engineering and operations efforts, including adding functionality to existing hardware and diagnosing/fixing problems when they arise. Apply your knowledge of standard methodologies from outside Sila to improve our in-house capabilities. Find and eliminate sources of drift and uncertainty. Document and communicate: create enduring records and ensure successful handoff to end-users of your work with clearly-defined commissioning procedures and tests. Automate processes that are currently manual. This will require defining functional specifications, developing or contracting out automation hardware & software, specifying instrumentation, commissioning what you designed, and handing it off to operations. Commission vendor-provided systems, including: working with vendors to ensure that technical specs are being met, coordinating installation with tradespeople, and ensuring a smooth handoff to Sila’s in-house operations team. Be a force for determinism in a tight feedback loop with the engineers and scientists you work with daily. Solve problems by identifying root causes and deploy solutions the whole team can believe in. Knowledge & Skills BS in engineering or physics and at least 2 years of work experience (or fewer for candidates with an advanced degree). Proficiency in mechanical design and CAD software (SolidWorks preferred). Experience with precision mechanism design and GD&T. Proficiency in documenting designs for fabrication by outside vendors. Familiarity with programming/coding (C, Python, .NET, or PLC programming preferred) and a desire to grow this skill. Knowledge of AC and DC power fundamentals, sensor/signal troubleshooting, and field wiring standard methodologies. (Experience with AutoCAD electrical or SolidWorks electrical is nice to have.) Comfortable with technical ambiguity, individual autonomy, and seeking information and consensus from the right people in the organization. Experience with complex, multidisciplinary technical systems (for instance: interconnected electronic, mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems). Diplomacy, great communication skills (written and verbal), and the ability to surface problems constructively! Physical Demands & Work Conditions Pass a respirator fit test and be able to wear respiratory protection on a periodic basis Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, and steel toe safety shoes Move items up to 25 lbs with the assistance of lift equipment and carts Move long distances (such as from building to building) Working at Sila We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

R&D Automation and Controls Engineer

Full time role
Alameda, CA
Aug 18, 2022
About Us We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world? Who You Are You’re a hands-on engineer energized by ownership of your design decisions. You understand how every mechanical part you design, every fitting you specify, and every line of code you write is a commitment. You’re thorough and don’t leave loose ends dangling. You’re excited when the things you build outlast you. You excel at translating loosely-defined scientific requests into rigorous, deterministic machines that help unlock technical truth. You bring pragmatism and a daily sense of urgency to your work. When you see hardware in the wild, you always wonder, “could I build this better?” When things don’t go as planned, you excel at reducing problems to their underlying physical phenomena and finding solutions everyone can trust. You’re a skilled listener and communicator, which helps you interface with a wide range of people, from chemists to pipe fitters. You’re relentless in eliminating sources of drift and uncertainty. Responsibilities & Duties Design and build new R&D hardware (and the software and instrumentation that runs it). Starting from a blank sheet of paper, deliver new-to-the-world reactors comprising wet chemistry, thermal processes, instrumentation, and tightly-integrated process automation. You’ll have abundant support, but you’ll need to take the lead in carrying out a design from concept through deployment. Work with contractors and external vendors to get things built. This will include fabricators, tradespeople, system integrators, and in-house engineers & technicians. Close loops. In daily collaboration with the end-users of the machines you build, iterate and refine your designs in fast learning cycles. Diagnose problems when they arise and fix them responsively. This will include data analysis and in-person discussions with people who identify problems. Organize, document, communicate. Create enduring records of your work. Ensure successful handoff to end-users of your work with clearly-documented commissioning procedures and tests. Bring the right level of operational discipline to an open-ended R&D setting. Plan projects accurately and execute according to plan. Design hardware for manufacturability and operability. Knowledge & Skill Requirements BS in engineering and at least 5 years of work experience (or fewer for candidates with an advanced degree). Frictionless proficiency in mechanical design, CAD software (SolidWorks preferred), and making machines that balance flexibility and robustness. Proficiency in documenting designs and getting them fabricated by outside vendors. Programming experience (C, Python, .NET, or IEC 61131 PLC automation preferred). Knowledge of AC and DC power fundamentals, sensor/signal troubleshooting, and field wiring best practices. Experience with complex, multidisciplinary technical systems (for instance: interconnected electronic, mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems) Great communication skills, including the ability to surface problems constructively. Experience in R&D settings with time pressure, open-ended technical problems, and substantial individual autonomy are nice to have Physical Demands & Working Conditions Pass a respirator fit test and be able to wear respiratory protection on a periodic basis Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, and steel toe safety shoes Move items up to 50 lbs with the assistance of lift equipment and carts Move long distances (such as from building to building) Can travel both domestically and internationally up to 25% of the time Working at Sila We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

Marketing Coordinator (Contract)

Contract position
Alameda, CA
Aug 18, 2022
About Us We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world? Who You Are You’re passionate about the field of marketing and have some experience in either account management or project management. The idea of collaborating with a creative team to build a new brand is exciting to you and you’ve got the communications and coordination skills to add new value to the team. You’re eager to develop your skills by working in an environment where you’re in the thick of all programs. You have a can-do workstyle and are motivated to test your mettle across multiple marketing functions: social media, data tracking, project management, content development, and production. You’re all about the details and can balance multiple projects at a time. You’ll assist in creating and maintaining project schedules, maintaining and tracking our social media presence, project and production coordination, and general administration. You'll partner with colleagues across the company, our in-house creative team, agencies, and production partners to ensure projects are completed on time and on budget. You will report to the Director of Content and will be a valued member of our small marketing team. Bonus - You have content creation skills – maybe you take photos, create videos, write, or do a little bit of everything. While your primary duties are account/project management and admin focused there will be opportunities for you to contribute to content creation and development. This is currently a part-time/hourly position providing you with flexibility. In the future, there may be an opportunity for this to become a full-time position. Responsibilities and Duties Project management Budget management and tracking Email marketing Social media posting and tracking Web analytics Bonus: Content development Hybrid work environment. You will work remotely but will need to be able to come into the office to collaborate with the team or assist with projects as needed Knowledge and Skill Requirements 1-3 years of experience in agency or in-house marketing work environments Account management or project management experience (Includes account coordinator, or account executive roles) Experience with and comfortable working across multiple social media platforms. Be organized, and extremely detail oriented Knowledge of or ability to learn analytical tools, CRM tools and tracking. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and be an effective communicator and great teammate Attention to detail and ability to work on and balance several projects simultaneously Minimum of bachelor’s degree preferred Bonus Experience in writing, digital design, collateral production, photography or video (content creator at heart) Knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc. #LI-FM1 Working at Sila We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

Equipment Manufacturing Engineer

Full time role
Alameda, CA
Aug 18, 2022
About Us We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world? Who You Are You’re a hands-on engineer energized by ownership of your design decisions. You understand how every mechanical part you design, every fitting you specify, and every line of code you write is a commitment. You’re thorough and don’t leave loose ends dangling. You’re excited when the things you build outlast you. You excel at translating loosely-defined scientific requests into rigorous, deterministic machines that help unlock technical truth. You bring pragmatism and a daily sense of urgency to your work. When you see hardware in the wild, you always wonder, “could I build this better?” When things don’t go as planned, you excel at reducing problems to their underlying physical phenomena and finding solutions everyone can trust. You’re a skilled listener and communicator, which helps you interface with a wide range of people, from chemists to pipe fitters. You’re relentless in eliminating sources of drift and uncertainty. Responsibilities & Duties Design and build new R&D hardware (and the software and instrumentation that runs it). Starting from a blank sheet of paper, deliver new-to-the-world reactors comprising wet chemistry, thermal processes, instrumentation, and tightly-integrated process automation. You’ll have abundant support, but you’ll need to take the lead in carrying out a design from concept through deployment. Work with contractors and external vendors to get things built. This will include fabricators, tradespeople, system integrators, and in-house engineers & technicians. Close loops. In daily collaboration with the end-users of the machines you build, iterate and refine your designs in fast learning cycles. Diagnose problems when they arise and fix them responsively. This will include data analysis and in-person discussions with people who identify problems. Organize, document, communicate. Create enduring records of your work. Ensure successful handoff to end-users of your work with clearly-documented commissioning procedures and tests. Bring the right level of operational discipline to an open-ended R&D setting. Plan projects accurately and execute according to plan. Design hardware for manufacturability and operability. Knowledge & Skill Requirements BS in engineering and at least 5 years of work experience (or fewer for candidates with an advanced degree). Frictionless proficiency in mechanical design, CAD software (SolidWorks preferred), and making machines that balance flexibility and robustness. Proficiency in documenting designs and getting them fabricated by outside vendors. Programming experience (C, Python, .NET, or IEC 61131 PLC automation preferred). Knowledge of AC and DC power fundamentals, sensor/signal troubleshooting, and field wiring best practices. Experience with complex, multidisciplinary technical systems (for instance: interconnected electronic, mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems) Great communication skills, including the ability to surface problems constructively. Experience in R&D settings with time pressure, open-ended technical problems, and substantial individual autonomy are nice to have Physical Demands & Working Conditions Pass a respirator fit test and be able to wear respiratory protection on a periodic basis Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, and steel toe safety shoes Move items up to 50 lbs with the assistance of lift equipment and carts Move long distances (such as from building to building) Can travel both domestically and internationally up to 25% of the time Working at Sila We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

Automation and Controls Engineer

Full time role
Alameda, CA
Aug 18, 2022
About Us We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world? Who You Are You’re a hands-on engineer energized by ownership of your design decisions. You understand how every mechanical part you design, every fitting you specify, and every line of code you write is a commitment. You’re thorough and don’t leave loose ends dangling. You’re excited when the things you build outlast you. You excel at translating loosely-defined scientific requests into rigorous, deterministic machines that help unlock technical truth. You bring pragmatism and a daily sense of urgency to your work. When you see hardware in the wild, you always wonder, “could I build this better?” When things don’t go as planned, you excel at reducing problems to their underlying physical phenomena and finding solutions everyone can trust. You’re a skilled listener and communicator, which helps you interface with a wide range of people, from chemists to pipe fitters. You’re relentless in eliminating sources of drift and uncertainty. Responsibilities & Duties Design and build new R&D hardware (and the software and instrumentation that runs it). Starting from a blank sheet of paper, deliver new-to-the-world reactors comprising wet chemistry, thermal processes, instrumentation, and tightly-integrated process automation. You’ll have abundant support, but you’ll need to take the lead in carrying out a design from concept through deployment. Work with contractors and external vendors to get things built. This will include fabricators, tradespeople, system integrators, and in-house engineers & technicians. Close loops. In daily collaboration with the end-users of the machines you build, iterate and refine your designs in fast learning cycles. Diagnose problems when they arise and fix them responsively. This will include data analysis and in-person discussions with people who identify problems. Organize, document, communicate. Create enduring records of your work. Ensure successful handoff to end-users of your work with clearly-documented commissioning procedures and tests. Bring the right level of operational discipline to an open-ended R&D setting. Plan projects accurately and execute according to plan. Design hardware for manufacturability and operability. Knowledge & Skill Requirements BS in engineering and at least 5 years of work experience (or fewer for candidates with an advanced degree). Frictionless proficiency in mechanical design, CAD software (SolidWorks preferred), and making machines that balance flexibility and robustness. Proficiency in documenting designs and getting them fabricated by outside vendors. Programming experience (C, Python, .NET, or IEC 61131 PLC automation preferred). Knowledge of AC and DC power fundamentals, sensor/signal troubleshooting, and field wiring best practices. Experience with complex, multidisciplinary technical systems (for instance: interconnected electronic, mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems) Great communication skills, including the ability to surface problems constructively. Experience in R&D settings with time pressure, open-ended technical problems, and substantial individual autonomy are nice to have Physical Demands & Working Conditions Pass a respirator fit test and be able to wear respiratory protection on a periodic basis Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, and steel toe safety shoes Move items up to 50 lbs with the assistance of lift equipment and carts Move long distances (such as from building to building) Can travel both domestically and internationally up to 25% of the time Working at Sila We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

Reactor Design Engineer

Full time role
Alameda, CA
Aug 18, 2022
About Us We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world? Who You Are You’re a hands-on engineer energized by ownership of your design decisions. You understand how every mechanical part you design, every fitting you specify, and every line of code you write is a commitment. You’re thorough and don’t leave loose ends dangling. You’re excited when the things you build outlast you. You excel at translating loosely-defined scientific requests into rigorous, deterministic machines that help unlock technical truth. You bring pragmatism and a daily sense of urgency to your work. When you see hardware in the wild, you always wonder, “could I build this better?” When things don’t go as planned, you excel at reducing problems to their underlying physical phenomena and finding solutions everyone can trust. You’re a skilled listener and communicator, which helps you interface with a wide range of people, from chemists to pipe fitters. You’re relentless in eliminating sources of drift and uncertainty. Responsibilities & Duties Design and build new R&D hardware (and the software and instrumentation that runs it). Starting from a blank sheet of paper, deliver new-to-the-world reactors comprising wet chemistry, thermal processes, instrumentation, and tightly-integrated process automation. You’ll have abundant support, but you’ll need to take the lead in carrying out a design from concept through deployment. Work with contractors and external vendors to get things built. This will include fabricators, tradespeople, system integrators, and in-house engineers & technicians. Close loops. In daily collaboration with the end-users of the machines you build, iterate and refine your designs in fast learning cycles. Diagnose problems when they arise and fix them responsively. This will include data analysis and in-person discussions with people who identify problems. Organize, document, communicate. Create enduring records of your work. Ensure successful handoff to end-users of your work with clearly-documented commissioning procedures and tests. Bring the right level of operational discipline to an open-ended R&D setting. Plan projects accurately and execute according to plan. Design hardware for manufacturability and operability. Knowledge & Skill Requirements BS in engineering and at least 5 years of work experience (or fewer for candidates with an advanced degree). Frictionless proficiency in mechanical design, CAD software (SolidWorks preferred), and making machines that balance flexibility and robustness. Proficiency in documenting designs and getting them fabricated by outside vendors. Programming experience (C, Python, .NET, or IEC 61131 PLC automation preferred). Knowledge of AC and DC power fundamentals, sensor/signal troubleshooting, and field wiring best practices. Experience with complex, multidisciplinary technical systems (for instance: interconnected electronic, mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems) Great communication skills, including the ability to surface problems constructively. Experience in R&D settings with time pressure, open-ended technical problems, and substantial individual autonomy are nice to have Physical Demands & Working Conditions Pass a respirator fit test and be able to wear respiratory protection on a periodic basis Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, and steel toe safety shoes Move items up to 50 lbs with the assistance of lift equipment and carts Move long distances (such as from building to building) Can travel both domestically and internationally up to 25% of the time Working at Sila We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

Technical Product Manager

Full time role
Oakland, California, United States
Aug 17, 2022
About Us We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world? Who You Are As a Product Manager you will work cross functionally to help set the direction and drive the development of Sila's next-generation battery materials. You are a data driven, structured problem solver who thrives in providing clarity and direction in an ever changing, often ambiguous environment. You are an active listener, a strong synthesizer of data, and an excellent communicator. Finally, you are passionate about Sila’s technology and the impact it can have. Responsibilities and Duties Provide a nuanced understanding of target markets and ensure Sila knows what is needed to be successful (i.e., requirements, risks we need to address, etc.) in those markets. Define clear, detailed requirements and specifications for products Sila is developing Identify gaps between what Sila needs to do to be successful in target markets and what Sila is on track to achieve. Align team on plans to close gaps. Create and maintain key elements of Sila's product roadmap, which defines what Sila is aiming for and what products it is developing. Understand the competitive landscape and where Sila fits in it Prepare other analysis necessary for cross functional decision making on product development, such as business cases. Improve how Sila develops products.  This includes, but is not limited to, what the product management does and how we work. Knowledge and Skill Requirements 5+ years in the battery group of an automotive or cell phone company, 5+ years working in engineering at a cell manufacturer or 5+ years working at a battery materials company supplying to a top tier battery manufacturer Knowledge of what matters in deciding on an automotive or cell phone battery cell and/or new battery material and how decisions are made (i.e. how are new battery cells/battery materials decided on, who are key stakeholders, what is the decision making process, etc.). Knows how to have the right discussions and learn key information to understand customer/market requirements and the competitive landscape.  This especially includes figuring out how to have conversations on future needs with key stakeholders at existing customers/prospects and accessing valuable market sources (i.e. market reports, conferences, consultants, etc.). Ability to collaborate, effectively communicate and drive actions from team members outside their organization Able and excited to learn what is needed to be a successful product manager at Sila #LI-AG1 Working at Sila We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

Quality Technician - Night Shift (Contract)

Full time role
Alameda, CA
Aug 11, 2022
About Us We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world? Who You Are As an analytical technician in Quality Control you will help create the next generation of battery materials by performing analyses on production and research/development samples. You will analyze test data, report test results, and communicate unexpected results. Responsibilities & Duties Execute analytical testing in support of routine production, research/development work, and analytical method development Communicate and coordinate daily priorities with requestors and management Communicate roadblocks and issues to management and other partners Maintain and improve laboratory operating standards, procedures, and systems Maintain, calibrate, and troubleshoot testing equipment Knowledge & Skills 2 years or more of laboratory experience in a research or manufacturing environment required Experience in performing routine analytical work efficiently, consistently, and with attention to detail Experience in following and improving written procedures and documenting results in electronic systems Experience in planning and prioritizing daily work activities, collaborating with team members / internal customers, and seeking guidance as needed Experience in troubleshooting analytical instruments and asking for help as needed Demonstrated ability to learn quickly and drive improvement initiatives Physical Demands & Work Conditions Pass a respirator fit test and be able to wear respiratory protection every day Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, and steel toe safety shoes Move items up to 35lbs with the assistance of lift equipment and carts Repetitive use of hands - light to forceful handling of material Able to stand for extended periods of time Working at Sila We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

Staff Process Controls Engineer

Full time role
Alameda, CA
Aug 10, 2022
About Us We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world? Who You Are You are a highly motivated, creative, detailed technical contributor with an interest in learning new things and developing big, complex machines. In your work at Sila, you will architect, specify, design, and deploy industrial machine control software and electronics that are reliable, expandable, deterministic, and extraordinarily well-documented. You have excellent communication skills to harmoniously collaborate with a wide range of skill sets: from scientists conducting research to technicians and engineers who interact with the machines daily. Responsibilities and Duties Working collaboratively with other teams, design robust, modular, well documented machine control code and electrical subsystems for production-scale synthesis tools. Turn these designs into hardware and deployable code, either in-house or with outside vendors. Engage successfully with a range of outside vendors for both componentry and electrical/instrumentation subsystems. Assist in bringing online hardware and code. Develop meaningful, robust unit tests for machines and document them rigorously. Improve and debug hardware and equipment-driving software throughout the company. Capture feedback from end-users of your work and distill into significant modifications. Iterate. Knowledge and Skill Requirements Experience writing Structured Text and familiarity with other IEC 61131-3 languages. Experience designing HMIs and writing the underlying code. Knowledge of best practices for safety systems and controls. Electronics and wiring knowledge (analog signals, AC and DC power fundamentals, control wiring, and diagnostic tools). Experience generating electrical schematics, including wiring diagrams, network architecture, control panel design, and power distribution. As well as documentation for both hardware and software. Demonstrated the ability to generate and deploy code and hardware for complex, critically important capital equipment that is both robust and reliable. Experience with industrial Fieldbus communication protocols (EtherCAT, Profinet, EthernetIP, Modbus, etc.) and equipment validation documents (FAT, SAT, etc.) Familiar with manufacturing software, SCADA (Ignition preferred) and MES software, is a plus. Experience in fields with relevant technical risk and scientific depth (e.g., extreme temperatures, extreme pressures, unforgiving chemistry, critical flows and fields, high uptime requirements) would be nice. #LI-FM1 Working at Sila We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

Plant Design Engineer

Full time role
Alameda, CA
Jul 28, 2022
About Us We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world? Who You Are Sila Nanotechnologies is seeking a versatile Plant Design Engineer for our Capital Projects team to play a key role in the design, construction, and startup of new battery material manufacturing facilities. On top of improvement projects at our headquarters facility, you will take on a variety of responsibilities to design and build Sila’s next-generation anode material factory. In our small team, you’ll be asked to take on broad technical responsibilities to specify equipment, review/approve external design documentation, and support installation and commissioning. You’ll work closely with internal teams and external engineering and construction partners to bring Sila’s large-scale capital projects to life. Responsibilities and Duties Work closely with the Process Engineering and Supply Chain teams to specify, procure, install, and commission key balance-of-plant equipment like gas distribution systems, abatement units, cooling water systems, and life safety systems Design/specify new facilities equipment by understanding, documenting, and communicating utilities and infrastructure requirements from Sila’s custom reactors Engage with internal Sila teams and external vendors to support the integration of material handling systems into factories Work with external engineering resources for drawing and design review cycles, ensuring compliance with applicable codes and standards Work with factory CAD models for reviews and layout design with Sila’s Industrial Engineer (detailed CAD design to be performed primarily by external contractors) Respond to technical RFIs and submittals across multiple contractors Travel frequently to project sites and contractors’ offices Knowledge and Skill Requirements Minimum of 5 years experience in facilities design, engineering, or related project work Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline; preference for backgrounds in mechanical, civil, structural, and/or electrical engineering Experience managing contractors with complex scope Proven communication skills, across external and internal teams Familiarity with industrial codes and standards (for example: state fire codes, NEC/IEC, NFPA, ASME, API, etc) Ability to review and understand documentation, drawings, and specifications 2D and 3D CAD proficiency (AutoCAD preferred) Experience in related industries such as semiconductor, solar cell manufacturing, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, or biotechnology would be nice Willing to travel to build sites and contractors’ design offices for construction and commissioning support Physical Demands and Working Conditions Move long distances and be stationary for extended periods of time Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, and safety shoes Occasionally kneel or bend 25% travel to and from build sites and contractors’ design offices Working at Sila We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

Facilities Design Engineer

Full time role
Alameda, CA
Jul 28, 2022
About Us We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world? Who You Are Sila Nanotechnologies is seeking a versatile Facilities Design Engineer for our Capital Projects team to play a key role in the design, construction, and startup of new battery material manufacturing facilities. On top of improvement projects at our headquarters facility, you will take on a variety of responsibilities to design and build Sila’s next-generation anode material factory. In our small team, you’ll be asked to take on broad technical responsibilities to specify equipment, review/approve external design documentation, and support installation and commissioning. You’ll work closely with internal teams and external engineering and construction partners to bring Sila’s large-scale capital projects to life. Responsibilities and Duties Work closely with the Process Engineering and Supply Chain teams to specify, procure, install, and commission key balance-of-plant equipment like gas distribution systems, abatement units, cooling water systems, and life safety systems Design/specify new facilities equipment by understanding, documenting, and communicating utilities and infrastructure requirements from Sila’s custom reactors Engage with internal Sila teams and external vendors to support the integration of material handling systems into factories Work with external engineering resources for drawing and design review cycles, ensuring compliance with applicable codes and standards Work with factory CAD models for reviews and layout design with Sila’s Industrial Engineer (detailed CAD design to be performed primarily by external contractors) Respond to technical RFIs and submittals across multiple contractors Travel frequently to project sites and contractors’ offices Knowledge and Skill Requirements Minimum of 5 years experience in facilities design, engineering, or related project work Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline; preference for backgrounds in mechanical, civil, structural, and/or electrical engineering Experience managing contractors with complex scope Proven communication skills, across external and internal teams Familiarity with industrial codes and standards (for example: state fire codes, NEC/IEC, NFPA, ASME, API, etc) Ability to review and understand documentation, drawings, and specifications 2D and 3D CAD proficiency (AutoCAD preferred) Experience in related industries such as semiconductor, solar cell manufacturing, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, or biotechnology would be nice Willing to travel to build sites and contractors’ design offices for construction and commissioning support Physical Demands and Working Conditions Move long distances and be stationary for extended periods of time Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, and safety shoes Occasionally kneel or bend 25% travel to and from build sites and contractors’ design offices Working at Sila We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

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