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Battery Lab Specialist - Mechanical

Company: Supernal
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: May 15, 2022

Job Description:

Supernal is at the forefront of creating emerging mobility solutions that will foster the development of human-centered cities. We are designing a completely new electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft tailored to the mobility needs of future cities. This allows passengers a seamless intermodal journey that safely transports them to their final destination. We fuse research in autonomy, robotics, aviation and services to define a new category of mobility for the world's communities. We believe in creative thinking and collaboration to help build a better mobility experience for everyone, improving people's ability to move - whether for work or play.

What we do:
Our Battery Technology & Innovation team has embarked on a mission to support the creation of a ground-breaking future in urban air transportation using eVTOL (Electrical Vertical Takeoff and Landing) applications. We believe that innovation and creativity at each step in the development process are the keys to bringing solutions that help to improve the lives of common people. If you are a person who does not accept the status quo in this regard and wants to be part of crafting this exciting new future along with us, this is where you belong.

We work on the cutting-edge of Battery Technology to build a state-of-the-art, safe, sustainable and most optimal energy storage solution for our products. We are looking for an outstanding Battery Lab Specialist to join our sophisticated Battery Technology Lab. Our ideal candidate will exhibit outstanding attention to detail, interest in developing inspection skills, and has an aptitude for electrical and mechanical test methods, which are all required to identify subtle issues that could impact battery cell performance. This role will work alongside a diverse team of engineers and technicians to advance technology that provide a ground breaking battery pack for our eVTOL aircraft. This individual must demonstrate the desire to drive continuous internal process improvement methods through critical thinking skills.

What you can do:

Design, performing engineering CAD model and build different test tools/fixtures for battery labs

Responsible for procurement, setting up, managing, maintaining, and calibrating laboratory equipment and battery machine shop

Developing highly efficient test plans. Ownership of different tests including environmental testing, electrical characterization, dimensional inspections, and mechanical tests at cell level to pack level

Ownership of HV safety protocols in battery characterization lab

Manage multiple complex challenges within a fast-paced environment

Assist in writing and maintaining Standard Operating Procedures

What you can contribute:

Trained with high-voltage operation safety

Demonstrated experience in building a battery lab: equipment purchase, installation

Working experience with high voltage systems, along with high-voltage safety training

Working experience in machine shop

Knowledge in use of standard electronics lab tools including DC meters, DC power supplies

Experience working with common battery cycling hardware like Arbin, Maccor, Biologic, Thermal Chambers, Gamry system, or NHR

Experience with metrology and data acquisition systems

Experience with CAD tools, prefer CATIA

Knowledge of safety hazards of working with and electrical and mechanical testing of lithium-ion batteries

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Careful and meticulous attention to detail, in particular during battery assembly, testing and data entry

Ability to work independently and with at team

Ability to interpret shop manuals, schematics, and work instructions

Frequently required to utilize hand and finger dexterity

Occasional: Bending, kneeling, squatting, standing, walking, reaching, overhead reaching, and fine motor skills

Maximum/occasional lifting: to 30 pounds

Proficient in Office 365 Suite

You may also be able to contribute:

Proven experience in battery testing, battery lab equipment building and maintaining for 7+ years with associate degree in electrical, mechanical, chemical, aviation/aerospace related fields, or 5+ years with Bachelor degree or higher in electrical engineer, mechanical engineer or relevant

Exposure to aviation/aerospace

Experience with using scripting language like Python for automated testing and data extraction

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background check. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Individuals with disabilities may request to be provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation at:

This position may include access to certain technology and/or software source code, that will be subject to U.S. export control laws. If an export license or other export control authorization is required in connection with your employment, your employment is contingent upon Supernal's receipt of such license or authorization and approvals and your continued compliance with all conditions and limitations contained in such license or authorization.

Keywords: Supernal, Palo Alto , Battery Lab Specialist - Mechanical, Healthcare , Palo Alto, California

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