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Cell Development Engineer

Natron Energy

Natron Energy

Santa Clara, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2023
Natron Energy seeks a Cell Development Engineer with experience in cell-level design optimization and experimentation. As part of the Cell Engineering organization, the Engineer will drive product improvement through experimentation and modeling. A successful candidate is hard-working, team-oriented, and self-motivated to learn and grow.


  • Build first-order models to describe power, energy, and lifetime of Natron Energy’s sodium-ion cells and battery pack products
  • Synthesize electrode / raw material constraints, manufacturing constraints, and pack-level product requirements to make optimal cell design decisions supported by modeling and empirical evidence
  • Design and execute experiments around cell performance to test hypotheses, inform models, and understand failure mechanisms
  • Develop models to describe the electrochemical & thermal behavior of Natron Energy’s battery technology in a commercial simulation package (i.e. COMSOL) or a scientific programming language (i.e. Python)
  • Prepare, present, and release documentation to execute changes through a systematic & cross-functional release process


  • B.S., or M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Material Science or equivalent experience
  • 2+ years’ experience in electrochemical cell development, testing, and/or manufacturing
  • Demonstrable experience with designing & executing experiments, analyzing large datasets, and presenting conclusions with supporting evidence
  • Basic familiarity of statistical data analysis (JMP, Minitab), Regression, DOE, ANOVA, etc.
  • Mechanical design experience (Solidworks) is a plus
  • Experience with COMSOL, ANSYS, or a commercial simulation software is a plus
  • The successful candidate can be an early or mid-career professional; salary and title will match the candidate’s career experience


  • This is a regular, full time position.
  • Employee must work on-site in Santa Clara, CA.
  • Compensation is competitive with other Bay Area Battery Engineering positions.

Compensation/Pay Transparency:

  • Disclaimer: The actual salary of a successful applicant may vary from posted ranges based on the candidate’s experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, internal equity and alignment with market data, and other legitimate business reasons, including, but not limited to, compliance with applicable immigration law prevailing wages.
  • In addition, Natron Energy has a strong benefits package including Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k Plan with Match, Life Insurance, Parental Leave Benefits, Discretionary Time Off (DTO) and Paid Time Off (PTO) for Exempt and Non-Exempt employees respectively, and 11 paid holidays.
  • The salary range for this position is a minimum of $112,000 and a maximum of $151,500.
About Us:
Natron Energy ( is the future of energy storage. Natron Energy’s battery products solve operations performance and reliability problems for the world’s biggest electricity customers. Natron Energy’s initial products target markets exceeding $25B including data centers, oil & gas, EV fast charging, and commercial aviation. Natron Energy has additional products in development for >$50B markets including commercial and residential grid storage. Its products are based on sodium-ion cells containing Prussian blue electrodes that deliver unique power, cycle life, and safety: full discharge and recharge in just minutes and up to 50,000 deep discharge cycles from a nonflammable, fault-tolerant system. Natron Energy’s current production is sold out for the next 12 months. The company has signed over $225M/year in master sales agreements and LOIs, and scale-up to mass production is now underway. Natron Energy has raised over $155M in venture capital investment to date, as well as $35M in non-dilutive funding to support its supply chain scale up.
Unsolicited Resume Policy
Natron Energy, Inc. (“Natron Energy” or the “Company”) does not accept unsolicited resumes from professional recruiters, third-party recruiting or staffing agencies, placement services, or any other source other than directly from a candidate. Any unsolicited resumes, including partial resumes, candidate profiles, and candidate details or information, sent to Natron Energy or its personnel will be treated as public information provided free of any charges or fees.
Natron Energy will not pay a fee for any placement resulting from the receipt of an unsolicited resume, unless in connection with a written agreement with the Company then in effect. Such agreement must be pre-approved by Natron Energy and executed by an authorized representative of the Company. Natron Energy specifically rejects, and denies any liability under, any agreement purporting to be accepted based on negative consent, negotiation with a candidate, performance, or any means other than the signature of an authorized representative of the Company.
Natron Energy is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We value diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
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