The cell materials team is looking for an engineer to lead polymers and plastic materials development for the various mechanical parts in our Li-ion battery cells. This broadly includes seals/gaskets, insulators, dielectric tapes and adhesives, etc. This is a highly cross-functional role and will require working with stakeholders across various teams and locations in cell development (mechanical design, product, manufacturing, etc.), supply chain and the broader materials engineering teams.
- Ownership of polymer materials and processes to meet the functional and manufacturing requirements of Tesla’s cell mechanical parts.
- Collaborate with our mechanical design engineers to select and validate the appropriate polymer materials for the target application & design.
- Implement standard tests and/or develop boutique tests to characterize unique materials requirements (e.g., electrochemical compatibility, permeability, stress-relaxation, etc.)
- Develop and maintain relationships with the raw material suppliers and part manufacturers in order to guide materials development for existing and future needs.
- Degree in Materials Science, Polymer Science, Chemical Engineering or related field
- Experience with polymers as related to a part’s functionality and Design for Manufacturability
- Experience with injection molding processes and tooling
- Familiarity with common mechanical testing methods (e.g., tensile, DMA, etc.) and characterization tools (e.g., SEM, FTIR, DSC etc.)
- Comfortable tackling open-ended problems and developing non-standard test methods
- General familiarity with Li-ion cell and electrochemistry is a plus
- Strong communication and project management skills