Senior Battery Test Engineer

Zitara Technologies, Inc.

Date listed

1 month ago

Employment Type

Full time

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The Company

In order to keep climate change to 1.5°C, we’ll need 30% of global GDP (all of energy generation and transportation) to run on batteries by 2035.

Zitara Technologies (YCombinator S20) builds predictive battery management software for transportation and energy customers with large deployments. Their customers operate >$100M deployments of batteries in satellites, EVs, and renewable energy storage installations.

Our team brings top researchers in physics-based battery algorithms together with seasoned software engineers to build safety-critical firmware and large scale machine learning systems. We bring with us decades of experience from Toyota, Exponent, Proterra, Tesla, Gogoro, Google, and Facebook.

The Role

We're looking for a Senior Battery Test Engineer to work closely and lead initiatives with our customer success, R&D, engineering, and operations team members to collect and systematize test requirements aimed at producing quality data to train high fidelity battery models and algorithms. This involves designing and implementing the lab and its processes to execute those tests, understanding and tackling engineering challenges in battery test processes, and maintaining and proactively improving lab capacity, efficiency, and safety. The ideal candidate will be someone who takes initiative, has an intuition for continuous improvement of lab workflow and processes, uses common sense, and takes a creative and resourceful approach to solving problems.


  • Provide technical leadership for battery testing initiatives
  • Collect test requirements from cross-functional stakeholders to design and validate battery test programs and procedures
  • Lead test and equipment related troubleshooting and diagnostic activities
  • Lead development and improvement of procedures and test methods to ensure highest levels of safety are met
  • Develop, maintain and iterate on lab standard operating procedures
  • Manage, maintain, and research upgrades to our lab hardware (battery cyclers, thermal chambers, and electronics) and supplies/consumables
  • Electrical and/or mechanical design, assembly, and documentation of battery test fixtures
  • Validate the end result of the lab work, working with other team members to determine pass/fail criteria
  • Clearly communicate technical matters, schedule considerations, deliverables, and needs
  • Manage and streamline customer onboarding from the perspective of laboratory testing

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS in Electrical Engineering or related field
  • 5+ years experience in electrical engineering, metrology, battery testing or applications roles
  • Experience in providing technical leadership in the battery test engineering or related space
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Proactive communication and follow-up
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Clear and effective written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong practical experience with data management in Excel and vendor-specific data tools
  • Working knowledge of lab automation practices in National Instruments/LabView, Mathworks, or another software system
  • Familiarity with project management tools such as JIRA
  • Experience with basic fabrication tools (soldering, hand tools, small power tools, etc.)
  • Experience with basic electrical test tools (power supplies, multimeters, battery testers, etc.)
  • High attention to detail and self-motivation
  • Team-oriented attitude

Preferred Additional Qualifications

  • Familiarity with battery technology and functional parameters
  • Experience with use of battery test equipment, including Arbin and Neware cyclers, thermal chambers, and data acquisition systems
  • Electrical and/or mechanical CAD proficiency
  • Electrical safety and high voltage lab experience
  • Knowledge of Python for test automation and/or data analysis
  • Experience with lab system IT including networking and data access tools

What We Offer

  • Full-time position, standard hours subject to time zones
  • Competitive compensation, equity incentive, and benefits package
  • Casual work culture
  • Excellent colleagues that are interested in your happiness and growth

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