Senior Product Development Engineer

Sila Nanotechnologies

Alameda, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Prod Mgmt/Dev
  • Post Date: 01/09/2021
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  • Company Address: 2450 Mariner Square Loop, Alameda, CA, 94501

About Sila Nanotechnologies

Sila Nanotechnologies Inc. is an engineered materials company focused on dramatically improving energy storage. We enable higher energy density batteries for smaller, lighter, longer-lasting wearables & portable electronics, mass adoption of electric vehicles, and practical use of renewable energy.

Job Description


You are an experienced engineer with the skills and passion to co-invent the next generation of lithium-ion batteries. You’ll lead efforts to test Sila’s materials in both internal development and commercial production cells with an eye toward cell qualification. You have intimate experience designing, making, and/or testing technology at scale - now be part of the next leap forward in lithium ion batteries.


  • Collaboratively define and prioritize areas of exploration and development relating to commercial readiness of Sila materials
  • Support our partners in incorporating Sila technology in development, validation, and early production builds.
  • Design, carry out, and analyze experiments to test the performance of cells made using Sila’s materials against cell qualification standards
  • Effectively communicate ideas and results internally across diverse Sila teams and externally to customers and partners
  • Collaborate with our internal development engineers to scale up and integrate improvements in commercial processes and cells
  • Mentor engineers, scientists, and technicians
  • Invest in our company values and vision and champion them as we grow


  • At least a B.S. in engineering or physical science and 5-8 years of industry experience, fewer for candidates with a related advanced degree
  • Passion for creating and developing new technological approaches and understanding
  • Exceptional collaboration and leadership abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly master new technologies and drive improvement
  • Experience with lithium-ion battery materials, cell manufacturing, and/or qualification a plus

About Us

We design and produce engineered materials that dramatically increase the energy density of rechargeable Li-ion batteries. We enable smaller, lighter, longer lasting electronic devices and unlock mass adoption of affordable, long-range electric vehicles. Our products work today, are a drop-in solution for existing battery manufacturing processes, and can be manufactured economically at scale.

Sila was founded in 2011 and is based in Alameda, CA. Our founders are two early Tesla Motors battery engineers and a Professor of Materials Science at Georgia Tech. We’re backed by top tier venture capital firms, led by Bessemer Venture Partners, Matrix Partners, Sutter Hill Ventures, and In-Q-Tel.

Our company culture is built on personal growth, mutual trust, inclusiveness, and safety. We are building a world-class materials company, where our team is close, debates are data-driven, and our nerdiest office puppies are named Angstrom, Lumen, and Gadget.

Our Company Values

  • MASTER YOUR CRAFT. Excellence matters, and it compounds over time. Revel in hard work, relish the details.
  • LEARN MORE. Learn and grow today to be ready for tomorrow's bold challenges. Our best work is ahead of us.
  • FIND AND FACE FACTS. Reason from first principles with intellectual honesty. Question your own biases and assumptions and consider alternatives. Choose to seek truths over winning arguments.
  • OWN IT. True leadership comes from demonstrated excellence. Lead by example, taking deep responsibility.
  • WIN TOGETHER. As a diverse team, we amplify our individual talents. Be compassionate, understanding, and patient to bring out the best in each other.
  • TRUST. Trust that Sila-zens act from good intentions, in pursuit of our common vision. Work confidently knowing that we have each other's backs.
  • BE SAFE. Each of us has the power and responsibility to promote the health and safety of fellow Sila-zens. Always work with safety in mind.
  • HAVE FUN. Work and fun are better together. Enjoy the journey and be yourself at Sila.
  • RISK. WISELY. Be curious and enterprising, even if it means failing some of the time. You can learn more by risking wisely than risking nothing.

We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

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