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Principal Ceramics Engineer



California, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2024

QuantumScape developed the industry’s first anode-less cell design, which delivers high energy density while lowering material costs and simplifying manufacturing. Our innovative battery cell technology can store energy more efficiently and reliably than today’s lithium-ion batteries.

Title: Principal Member of Technical Staff (PMTS)

Location: CA, US Work Location Type: On-site


· Drive ramp readiness with process, equipment engineering, and operations and work in person with various teams to support scale up.

· Handle component readiness to ensure part availability.

· Build and own supplier relationships crucial to our operation: Communicate forecasts, lead regular cross-functional discussions, manage material orders, and troubleshoot quality issues.

· Communicate requirements and schedules to facilitate technical readiness with the teams in onsite technical meetings.

· Propose and invent new processing approaches and continuously improve existing ones.

· Develop and maintain drawings, operating procedures, and work instructions and provide training to junior engineers, technicians, and operators.

· Establish CIP (continuous improvement process), programs and solutions for increasing uptime and for equipment problems that affect the manufacturing process.

· Design and execute experiments to evaluate new tools/processes and bring them to our production line.

· Manage critical material inventory across multiple storage locations and leverage data to create and maintain inventory policy.

· Work with equipment engineering/maintenance team/ vendors to ensure tool support is being provided during line down situations.

· Work with a team to root cause and address problem statements.

· Establish documentation and procedures for product sampling, testing, and data tracking systems.

Minimum Requirement:

Education & Experience

· M.S. or higher degree in ceramic engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, or a related field with a minimum of 6 years’ experience in

manufacturing of advanced materials OR PhD with demonstrated manufacturing experience.

· Project and cross functional team management/supervision experience.

· Good understanding of ceramic science and processing is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

· Able to manage projects with minimal supervision, and support department and company goals.

· Excellent hands-on troubleshooting of mechanical and automated systems.

· Utilize excellent interpersonal and communication skills to collaborate closely with internal and external collaborators.

· Comfort with fast paced, technically challenging projects and ability to adapt quickly to changes.

· Self-motivated with a track record of learning new skills and techniques and applying those to achieve desired results.


The intended salary range for this position will be $148,000 - $205,000 and will be based on candidate's experience level. QuantumScape also offers an annual bonus and a generous RSU/Equity package as part of its compensation plan. In addition, we do offer a tremendous benefits plan including employer sponsored health insurance, Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP), and other exciting perks.

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, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation.