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Senior Scientist, Electrolyte

Somerville, MA
2 months ago
Full time role

Company

Form Energy

Somerville, MA, USA

We are developing a new class of cost-effective, multi-day energy storage systems that will enable a reliable and fully-renewable electric ...

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Job Description

Form Energy is a U.S. technology and manufacturing company that is developing and commercializing cost-effective multi-day energy storage systems to enable the global electricity system to run on 100% low-cost renewable energy, every day of the year. Driven by Form’s core values of humanity, excellence, and creativity, our team is deeply motivated and inspired to create a better world. We seek to transform the energy landscape and do our part in making the world better for all. We are supported by leading investors who share a common belief that low-cost, multi-day energy storage will be a key enabler of tomorrow’s zero carbon electric system.
Role Description We seek an experimental scientist to join the electrolyte team at Form Energy. The electrolyte team drives performance improvement across all electrodes. You will dive into hands-on lab work, using electrochemical, analytical and materials characterization techniques to assess, understand, and improve electrolyte formulations for full cell performance. Electrochemical techniques include electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and potentiostatic or galvanostatic cycling. Analytical techniques include titration and optical spectroscopy (ex. uv-vis, or FTIR). Materials characterization techniques include x-ray diffraction and microscopy (ex. optical, SEM). This role will focus on closing performance gaps through hypothesis-driven testing, systematic root cause analyses, and creative mitigation strategy development.  You will work closely with chemical, materials, and mechanical engineers on the technology development team. The ideal candidate is creative, safety-conscious, and works with attention to details, to documentation, and to learning. 

What You'll Do:

  • Design and execute experiments to understand and refine existing electrolyte formulations
  • Characterize cells and individual components using solution-based or materials characterization techniques in order to build our mechanistic understanding of the system
  • Develop a deep understanding of process-property-performance relationships in our material system, using internal testing resources and external analytical laboratories
  • Work with materials engineers, chemical engineers, electrochemists, and a team of technicians to disseminate learnings and integrate changes to formulations across the technical team
  • Develop new electrochemical testing and characterization pipelines as necessary to accelerate cycles of learning toward mitigating component underperformance
  • Propose new directions for component development while considering potential trade-offs with other key components of the energy storage system
  • Use JMP and python scripts to quantitatively analyze and visualize data

What You'll Bring:

  • MS + 3-5 years industrial experience or PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or a related field
  • Demonstrated success in developing a mechanistic understanding of process-property-performance relationships for the purpose of engineering material systems
  • Experience with electrochemical testing and analytical or materials characterization of complex systems
  • Experience working in interdisciplinary teams



Form Energy is committed to equitable compensation and we offer a generous benefits package to make sure you have the support you need. We cover 100% of employee premiums and 80% of dependent premiums for medical, dental, and vision insurance for full time employees. We offer a flexible Paid Time Off program and every employee, regardless of gender identity or expression, is eligible for 12 weeks of paid parental bonding leave. We offer a 401k and all employees are granted stock options. A full listing of our benefits is available on our careers page
At Form Energy, we are working toward a 100% renewable energy future for everyone in the world. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all our employees and are seeking to build a team that reflects the diversity of the people we hope to serve with our revolutionary products. Form Energy is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Form Energy

Somerville, MA, USA

We are developing a new class of cost-effective, multi-day energy storage systems that will enable a reliable and fully-renewable electric ...

View Company Profile