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Applied Battery R&D Manager



San Leandro, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, July 28, 2023

Cuberg builds high-performance energy solutions based on next-generation technology for the world’s most demanding battery applications. Cuberg technology, paired with the manufacturing excellence of parent company Northvolt, will help give rise to a new generation of mobility businesses and decarbonize hard-to-abate segments of the transportation industry.

Cuberg technology uses a lithium metal anode and proprietary liquid electrolyte to simultaneously solve the interlocking challenges of battery performance and manufacturability. While incumbent battery technologies, such as lithium-ion, can be too heavy and low-performing for use in aircraft, Cuberg’s battery cells are lightweight and high-performance. The technology is also compatible with industry standard manufacturing methods, enabling scalability, reliability and traceability across the value chain.

Cuberg and Northvolt believe that complete electrification will require a revolutionary spirit and a practical mind. We won’t just design the world’s best batteries—we will ship them at scale.


  • Manage and mentor a small team of researchers and engineers in the development and optimization of new battery technologies and advanced materials.
  • Collaborate with advanced technology partners from the parent company, Northvolt. The job requires travel to Sweden (2-3x annually) to ensure on-time project delivery.
  • Engage with external vendors to benchmark promising materials based on specifications.
  • Drive innovation in battery technology through research and experimentation including cell design/modeling, overseeing laboratory experiments, testing, and analysis.
  • Identify market trends and needs, and develop new battery solutions to meet them.
  • Manage projects from conception to implementation, including planning, budgeting, execution, and reporting.
  • Collaborate closely with the manufacturing team to ensure seamless integration of R&D efforts with production needs.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant safety and environmental regulations.
  • Master's degree or PhD in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, or related field.
  • 5+ years of R&D experience in the battery industry. Experience in Lithium-ion chemistries is highly desirable.
  • Proven track record in leading a team of researchers and engineers.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of battery technology, including materials, electrode and cell design, and manufacturing processes.
  • Strong project management skills, with ability to lead complex, multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

The target US compensation range for this full-time position is $150,000-$200,000 + equity + benefits. Compensation ranges are determined by level, role and location. The range displayed on each job posting reflects the target for new hire total cash compensation (base + bonus), individual pay is determined by additional factors including relevant job-related skills, experience and additional factors. Your recruiter will be happy to share more about about the salary range during your hiring process