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Senior R&D Technician - FIB/SEM



California, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2024

QuantumScape developed the industry’s first anode-less cell design, which delivers high energy density while lowering material costs and simplifying manufacturing. Our innovative battery cell technology can store energy more efficiently and reliably than today’s lithium-ion batteries.

We are looking for a diligent Senior FIB/SEM Technician for our failure analysis, physical characterization, and process development work. Our ideal team member is a skilled, meticulous microscopist, who can work independently and efficiently in large teams, and is capable of driving projects to completion ahead of schedule.

Shift 5: Sunday-Tuesday & Every Other Wednesday from 6:30 am-6:30 pm

  • Actual shift worked may change based on evolving needs within the team and applicant skillset. Shift flexibility may also be required during an initial training period.


  • FIB/SEM operation for high-volume analysis of samples while delivering high-quality images to meet efficiency goals with minimal errors.
  • Responsible for preparing samples; entering and/or uploading data and interpreting and editing test requests.
  • Monitor and record key parameters during tests and apply "on your feet" critical problem skills to consistently deliver reliable, valuable test results.
  • Train Junior Technicians on FIB/SEM operations and area business processes.
  • Own or participate in special projects that improve team efficiency and capabilities.
  • Maintain a clear, concise shift passdown, lab notebook, and equipment maintenance records and work with databases.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Possess at least an AA or equivalent and a minimum of 10 years of combined education and experience.
  • Experience with chemical handling, sample preparations, and hazardous waste disposal.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Motivated by new challenges and embrace learning new techniques and refining existing techniques.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and resourcefulness allowing smooth adaptation to a constantly evolving environment and work priorities.
  • Comfortable working with computer quality systems and databases.
  • Autonomous, personable, positive and a good teammate, communicator.
  • Demonstrate a track record of delivering on your commitments under ambitious schedules.
  • You are organized, detail-oriented and a have clear written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to working into evenings, weekends and flexibility to cover shift gaps on short notice.

Physical Requirements:

  • Work is performed in a dry room, fume hood, or glovebox requiring the use of fine motor skills and standing for extended periods of time, reaching and twisting motions with hands, and lifting up to 25 lbs.


  • Experience working with a Li-ion battery or analytical test lab.
  • Experience preparing samples in an inert environment, such as glovebox operations, sample preparation (e.g. electrode depositions).
  • Experience with TEM lamellae prep.
  • Experience with analytical tools and techniques (optical microscopy, ion milling, XCT).

Compensation & Benefits: The hourly range for this role is between $34.04 and $46.83, and a final hourly rate will be determined by the candidate's experience and educational background. QuantumScape also offers an annual bonus and a generous RSU/Equity package as part of its compensation plan. In addition, we do offer a tremendous benefits plan including employee paid health care, Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP), and other exciting perks.

This position is required to perform these above essential duties and responsibilities onsite at our QS offices.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation.