Battery Specialist

(Menlo Park, CA)

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The Facebook Aquila UAV requires a highly efficient and light weight power system, ranging from motors to batteries to solar cells. Facebook seeks a Battery Specialist responsible for advancing the state of the art by carefully reviewing vendor designs and building models to verify their capability. This role primarily involves working with suppliers and partners and requires an excellent project manager, technical expert, and analyst - all in one.


  • Create battery cell requirements based on system requirements and feasibility studies, specifying performance and SWaPC requirements.
  • Monitor and report on the state of the battery industry, in both academic and commercial spheres. Assess feasibility of various chemistry options (Li-S, metal-air, fuel cells, advanced Li-ion)
  • With the Sourcing team, identify viable suppliers and set up development contracts. Manage these projects and evaluate supplier capability and technical performance. Evaluate projections in terms of cost, durability, and reliability
  • Manage testing and evaluation of cells
  • Create models and simulations of cell and/or pack performance in representative conditions
  • Create future projections of cell cost, durability, reliability, and performance.
  • Drive the development of collaborative industry efforts.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D in a relevant area (Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, etc.)
  • 10+ years of experience in battery cell or pack research and development, including testing and design.
  • Familiarity with the materials and technology of advanced secondary batteries, including (but not limited to) Li-ion cells
  • Demonstrated understanding of battery manufacturing processes and state of the art in scale-up and cost reduction
  • Experience in working with vendors to deliver high-performance cells that meet cost targets. Project management experience.
  • Ability to travel 20% of the time

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in battery pack development and engineering would be highly valuable
  • Experience with aerospace applications of energy storage
  • Experience in technical due diligence evaluation projects.
  • Experience in building collaborative projects with multiple partners.

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