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Energizer Technology Engineer (Materials Engineer) in Westlake, Ohio

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We have talented colleagues around the world with varied skillsets, backgrounds and experiences, and we embrace this diversity because it’s a big part of what helps us deliver results to grow the company. Whatever your specialty, you'll find that excelling at Energizer provides opportunities to grow in ways you never expected.

Come join our team!

Position Summary

Energizer is looking for a Materials Engineer to join our Zinc Air battery team. In this position, you would be responsible for carrying out components of Zinc-Air battery development projects within Energizer, focusing on performance and cost improvements in line with Zinc Air roadmap goals for all materials involved in battery production, such as cathode material, anode chemicals and metals.

Accountabilities

  • Conduct laboratory and/or pilot line studies to move projects or parts of projects forward, in line with Zinc Air roadmap goals encompassing improvements to the product through improved materials and manufacturing processes.

  • Run pilot line trials, plant trials, and limited production runs.

  • Evaluate battery performance and reliability by applying statistical methods.

  • Analyze data and draw supportable conclusions leading to the next steps

  • Prepare data for review to justify production runs.

  • Prepare reports and presentations documenting work and progress.

  • Develop knowledge of all battery materials: metals, polymers, additives, etc.; and the manufacturing processes, internal and external, used to make them.

Specific Accountabilities

  • Under the guidance of senior staff, perform strategic development work on the products and processes needed for the fulfillment of project goals, as well as participate in problem-solving activities on a variety of battery chemistries.

  • Under the guidance of senior staff as needed, design, coordinate, conduct, and analyze experiments to explain fundamental reasons for battery performance limitations, and use this understanding to propose and test methods, materials, and/or processes to move beyond those limitations.

  • Conduct laboratory evaluations to screen candidate materials for cell components and improve the predictive nature of lab work through correlation to cell outputs.

  • Contribute to the determination of cell requirements, design, and construction using both modeling and experimentation.

  • As required, collaborate with both outside suppliers, collaborators, and customers, as well as in-house experts and resources.

  • Help to monitor the accuracy and quality of work in parts of the project.

  • Analyze and summarize experimental information, communicating the results and project status in the form of presentations and reports.

  • Follow technology roadmaps to meet objectives in a timely manner. Work in parallel with process development, product development, and implementation resources to ensure capable transfer to the product.

  • Assist with the transfer of data and process knowledge to technology center and plant personnel during experiments, pilot runs, and scale-up.

  • Stay up to date with current technology trends by reading relevant technical literature (journals, patents and reports) and teaching others what is learned.

Required Skills and Experience

  • B.S. or M.S. Degree in Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Electrochemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related discipline is required.

  • Industry experience is preferred but not required.

  • Ability to apply fundamental engineering and scientific principles to familiar and new situations.

  • Results-oriented, proactive, able to work both independently and on teams.

  • Eagerness to take a hands-on approach to prototype, learning and identifying problems.

  • Strong analytical skills, ability to draw conclusions and determine strategies based on data.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Up to 5 years of experience relevant to the electrochemical cell and battery development. Specific experience in Zinc-air, Alkaline, Lithium-ion, Lithium polymer, or beyond lithium-ion battery systems is preferred, especially regarding to advanced and commercial formulations.

  • Acquaintance with (electro)chemical and physical characterization techniques in battery technology, such as cyclic voltammetry, AC Impedance spectroscopy, XRD, SEM, EDX, BET, TGA, porosity and diffusion measurement

  • Experience in scale-up projects and project management

  • Strong statistical skills, experience with Minitab (or equivalent).

  • Design of experiments (DOE) experience.

  • Statistical process control (SPC) and manufacturing quality control (Infinity QS).

Working Relationships & Environment

  • Reports to Staff Technology Engineer – Battery R&D.

  • Key internal relationships i include all of R&D, pilot line, analytical, and operations groups.

Work Environment

  • Working conditions are an R&D laboratory and office environment. The use of proper PPE is required when applicable.

  • Travel Requirements: Willingness to travel domestically up to 15% of the time

An Offer to Grow On

Come join us!

Energizer offers a competitive total rewards package which includes a range of health, wellness and retirement savings coverage, paid time off and holidays, and many opportunities to learn, develop and grow. At Energizer, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute and make an impact every single day.

Energizer is an equal opportunity employer, and we prohibit discrimination based on age, color, disability, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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