Battery Development Engineer

Job Ref: 2700863 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle pushes the limits of battery technology like never before and we are now seeking a Battery Development engineer to join our team based in Auckland, New Zealand.  

To succeed you will need to be an individual who can hit the ground running with the development and testing of next-generation high-voltage battery packs for the Electron propulsion system.  This work will require hands-on experience in the development and testing of Lithium-ion batteries for high performance applications. We can guarantee that this role will be varied and challenging, including performance characterisation, reliability predictions, failure investigation, production support, and R&D activities for new Lithium-Ion cell technology. 

Key responsibilities will include
  • Developing and executing test campaigns to characterize the performance of Lithium-Ion batteries under a range of environmental conditions and discharge profiles
  • Generating analytical and empirical models to predict battery performance and vehicle operational margins
  • Working with production teams for anomaly investigation, failure analysis, and production support
  • Conducting literature and industry studies for advanced technology and next-generation cell design. Working with cell vendors to evaluate and test new technologies
  • Refining battery acceptance tests and limits to optimise the screening of Lithium-Ion cells and batteries
  • Reviewing system-level test data from integrated testing, stage testing, and launch
Minimum Requirements 
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, material science, electrochemistry, or equivalent qualification
  • 3+ years’ experience in battery material and design development, with emphasis on Lithium-Ion battery technology
  • Familiarity with applicable test equipment, test procedures, data acquisition systems
  • Experience working with external vendors and contractors to develop and qualify new cell technologies
  • Ability to work in fast paced, autonomously driven environment
  • Proven communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships
Desirable Skills
  • Good multi-disciplinary skills and ability to learn new fields quickly
  • Experience with high-voltage design considerations
  • Experience with vacuum systems and testing

For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant.  These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States’ International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality. For more information on these Regulations, click here.

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