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Senior Cathode Scientist



San Leandro, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, November 10, 2023

The Senior Cathode Scientist will push forward the design and development of advanced lithium metal batteries by investigating next-generation cathode materials and optimizing cathode performance. The Senior Cathode Scientist will develop research plans, perform experiments, analyze data, present results, and recommend new development pathways. They will collaborate closely with other engineers and scientists at Cuberg, as well as external partners, to improve Cuberg’s lithium-metal battery technology. In this role, the Scientist will lead technical projects in assessing cathode performance, safety, reliability, quality, and manufacturability. The ideal candidate has industry experience in working with and developing cathode active materials, formulation, and coating, and a strong foundation of materials science and electrochemistry. We work cross-functionally and collaboratively to serve our collective mission to build a better, more sustainable world from our new state of the art San Leandro facility. By joining Cuberg’s Advanced R&D Team, you will be a key player in maturing our cell chemistry, contributing to electrifying the aviation industry, and being a part of the transition to a greener future.

Join us in building the future of energy.


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.

  • Lead technical projects on cathode development initiatives aligned with the company's product roadmap and objectives and identify new pathways for development
  • Collaborate with other R&D teams to explore and develop cutting-edge design concepts
  • Optimize cathode by identifying, sourcing, characterizing, and testing various promising cathode materials and formulations
  • Design experiments to understand structure-property-performance tradeoffs, analyze resulting data, and communicate results to diverse stakeholders
  • Develop understanding of degradation/failure modes with different cathodes
  • Identify and proactively address delays, obstacles, inefficiencies, and unexpected result

  • Ph.D. in a scientific or engineering field (e.g., materials science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related discipline), or B.S./M.S. with 4+ years of relevant industry experience
  • Experience with cathode materials design and development, preferably with NMC cathodes
  • Strong background in battery fundamentals, electrochemistry, materials science, and analytical techniques
  • Willingness to conduct experiments in laboratory, glovebox, and dry room environments
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to solve complex problems

The target US compensation range for this full-time position is $104,000-$160,000 + 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