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Senior Battery Cell Engineer - Cathode

Company: Rivian
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. This goes for the emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles we build, and the curious, courageous souls we seek to attract.

As a company, we constantly challenge what's possible, never simply accepting what has always been done. We reframe old problems, seek new solutions and operate comfortably in areas that are unknown. Our backgrounds are diverse, but our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations.

We operate development centers in Plymouth, Michigan; Southern California (Irvine, Carson & LA); Silicon Valley (San Jose and Palo Alto); Vancouver, British Columbia; and Surrey, England; as well as a manufacturing facility in Normal, Illinois.


  • Evaluate and select cathode materials that meet Rivian's requirements.
  • Develop cathode materials for different applications.
  • Work with cross functional teams internally and externally to bring new cathode technology to cell production.
  • Investigate surface and bulk structure of cathodes and their correlation with performance and lifetime.
  • Source/evaluate new emerging battery chemistries/technologies
  • Define cathode development roadmap for Rivian's cell technology.
  • Be an expert in technical discussions and lead collaborations with external research laboratories.
  • Train engineers and technicians.


  • PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering, or materials science with more than 4 years working on lithium-ion batteries in a combination of academia and industry
  • Demonstrated experience with cathode development.
  • Strong understanding of cathode and cell manufacturing process.
  • Strong understanding of the chemistry of state-of-the-art and emerging cathode materials, their degradation mechanisms, and compatibilities with electrolyte.
  • Strong knowledge of processes to improve cathode performance and cycle/calendar life.
  • Experience/knowledge on doping, surface analysis, and surface modification. Hands on experience with material synthesis and/or coating.
  • Understanding of electrochemical techniques such as charge-discharge cycling, CV, EIS, GITT, PITT, HPPC
  • Hands on experience with material characterization such as SEM, XRD, DSC, XPS, Raman, FTIR, BET, TGA/DSC
  • Hands on experience with industry standard cathode manufacturing or electrode processing steps including slurry mixing, coating, calendaring, and drying.
  • Experience with building coin and pouch cells.
  • Experience working in a glovebox and/or dry room environment, handling air-sensitive materials.
  • Critical problem-solving skills: ability to ask the right people, the right questions at the right time in the right way
  • Detail oriented: ability to become a subject matter expert to make informed decisions
  • Curiosity: demonstrate level of interest that enables inventiveness
  • Execution: demonstrate that follow through is given as much attention as problem solving
  • Structured: able to organize chaos thru methodical framework and documentation to achieve goals harmoniously

Equal Opportunity

Rivian is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Rivian is committed to ensuring that our hiring process is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability or limitation, such as those covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, that requires accommodations to assist you in the search and application process, please email us at


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