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R&D Test Engineer

San Jose, CA 95131

Posted: 10/16/2023 Job Number: 20671874

Job Description

Position Summary
We are seeking a self-driven and passionate individual to join our solid-state thermal battery systems engineering team to deliver zero-carbon industrial heat and power. We are a tight-knit team that values building lifelong relationships with humility and openness while having an impact and loving what we do. You will collaborate with the rest of the engineering team to help operate, automate and maintain our R&D prototypes and test equipment. This work will directly contribute to the commercialization of a first of a kind long-duration energy storage technology.

Roles & Responsibilities
  • Design, implement, and operate high-value sensing, instrumentation and control schemes for custom test rigs at our R&D hub in San Jose, CA
  • Operate, and develop systems to automate, high power (hundreds of kW to MW), high temperature (>2000C) R&D test equipment
  • Work closely with controls and electrical team to design and maintain instrumentation lists and wiring diagrams, as well as write, test and maintain controls algorithms and software
  • Work closely with mechanical design and advanced technology teams to design and execute high value experiments for product development
  • Evaluate and calibrate sensors and instruments for use in both R&D and product applications
  • Troubleshoot signal communications and data quality issues
  • Collaborate with mechanical, electrical, controls, and advanced development teams to interpret product development goals and turn them into functioning systems
  • Maintain a high level of safety awareness and implement critical safety interlocks into controls schemes
  • Work with a high degree of autonomy while remaining open to deliver and receive feedback

Key Qualifications
  • 3+ years as a test automation, test, or controls engineer for high-temperature, high-power industrial systems (energy, thermal processing rockets, etc.) in a fast-moving environment with exposure to a wide array of subsystems (fluids, thermal, electrical etc.) and instrumentation (TC/RTD, optical sensors, load gauges, flow meters, etc).
  • 2+ years' experience with common communication industrial communication protocols (Ethernet/IP, Modbus, Profinet, HART, CAN, etc.)
  • 2+ years' experience with software development using common development languages (Python, Javascript, C++, etc.)
  • Solid knowledge of engineering fundamentals (thermal, fluids, electrical, structural) to support test engineering group with troubleshooting and data interpretation
  • Experience troubleshooting test equipment and coming up with quick solutions
  • Experience working with engineering teams to root cause failures
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, comfortable communicating with all levels of the organization
  • Comfortable providing and receiving directions and feedback from engineers and technicians across the organization
  • BS degree in engineering or equivalent
Additional Qualifications Desired
  • Comfortable with hand tools (drills, saws, torque wrench, etc.) and characterization equipment (multimeter, gas sensors, microscopes, etc.)
  • Willingness to work flexible hours to accommodate test priorities
  • Experience with fluidic and thermal systems, Solidworks, MATLAB, and data post-processing

Salary Range: $130, 000 USD - $150, 000 USD
Salary Basis: Annual

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