Lab Technician - Cell Manufacturing


March 24, 2021

Austin, TX, US

Tesla is looking for highly motivated laboratory technicians to perform routine quality testing and support failure analysis processes for our cutting-edge Tesla battery cell manufacturing program. In this role you would work closely with other lab techs under the guidance of lab management to perform material analysis with the highest standards of safety, quality, and output. The work environment is demanding, fast-paced and incredibly exciting. The ideal candidate should be ready to push their limits, as they join in highly motivated and capable team.
The position will be based in Austin, TX.


  • Work with a team of materials scientists, engineers, chemists, and technicians performing routine quality and failure analysis testing in a 24x7 cell manufacturing quality laboratory.
  • Perform a variety of routine testing on battery cells and associated materials following established procedures including:
    • Visual microscope-assisted inspections.
    • Dimensional measurements
    • Mechanical properties testing including tensile strength and elongation
    • Particle size distribution, moisture content and other powder properties
    • Conductivity and other electrical measurements
    • Chemical properties of raw materials such as electrolyte composition, acid and moisture contents
  • Interpret test data and generate laboratory test reports
  • Provide input for the continued improvement to test procedures
  • Maintain inventory of consumable supplies and chemicals
  • Perform preventative maintenance on equipment as required.
  • Enforce 5S and workplace hygiene standards.
  • Support the Company’s mission, vision, values and goals in performance of daily activities


  • 2+ years experience working in a quality or physical analysis laboratory
  • Detailed-oriented, able to work both independently and in a collaborative project-focused environment, prompt and dependable, and excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Detail oriented, excels at performing repetitive tasks where both high degrees of accuracy and precision are required.
  • Comfortable working with chemicals and hazardous materials in a laboratory environment.
  • Be both capable and willing to perform all the various manual tasks involved with lab work, such as safely moving heavy objects, moving large pallets with a pallet jack, handling incoming materials, etc.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
Preferred Additional Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in a relevant science (e.g. Chemistry, Metallurgy, etc)
  • Demonstrated expertise in physical materials analysis and associated quality controls.
  • Previous experience with the operation and interpretation of materials analysis equipment including: High magnification microscopes, calipers, micrometers, analytical balances, powder property instrumentation, Instron mechanical test systems, KF moisture analyzers, GC- (MS/FID/TCD), ICP-OES, Acid-Base titrators and scanning electron microscopes.
  • Prior experience with battery manufacturing and testing associated cells and raw materials.
  • Broad background in other materials science disciplines.
  • Use of laboratory information management systems.