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You are extremely meticulous and detail-oriented. You can understand the subtleties and complexities of experimental materials to deduce the reasoning behind their interactions and interfaces. You have the ability to think independently from the team but also the ability to collaborate when necessary.

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Conamix is looking to add a Senior Research Scientist- Solid State Electrolyte & Anode focus to its team of core technology leaders. Under the general direction of the executive team, this position will innovate and execute in the field of electrochemistry and materials for the research and development of lithium ion batteries. This position is based in Ithaca, NY, a small cosmopolitan known for its beautiful gorges and waterfalls and is home to Cornell University and Ithaca College.

The successful candidate will solve difficult technical problems through innovation and rigorous R&D execution. Career experience developing materials for use in batteries or related energy storage applications is essential. This position will require lab work, supervision of direct reports and will report to the VP of Research & Development.

Essential Functions:

  • Proactive and independent project management
  • Technical workstream planning, execution, and communication of results
  • Positive guidance and mentoring of technical staff while maintaining a high-performance team environment
  • Design experiments based on physical chemical principles, literature review, consultation with scientific advisors, and prior results
  • Analysis of materials using characterization equipment internally and in shared facilities
  • Maintain understanding of outside published scientific work relevant to core Conamix efforts and communication of results to team as needed
  • Assist in IP searching, patent application, and grant application preparation as needed
  • Design experiments based on physical chemical principles, literature review, consultation with scientific advisors, and prior results
  • Accountable for maintenance of chemical MSDS, safe chemical storage and waste, documentation of SOPs, and necessary communications with EH&S
  • Be aware of and comply with local, state, and federal laboratory safety regulations.
  • Other duties as identified or assigned

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience:

  • Ph.D. with 5-10 years of experience in electrochemical energy storage research. Ideal candidate will have experience connecting electrochemical data to Li cell design, failure modes, and microstructure
  • Demonstrated strong technical leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Expertise with electrochemistry and Li-battery technology (cell fabrication, characterization, cycling equipment, air-sensitive components, etc.)
  • Hands-on experience evaluating and developing new materials in a lab setting
  • Experience with a broad range of solid electrolytes and anode materials (e.g., Li alloys) and expertise in anode and solid-state electrolyte interfaces
  • Experience and capability to present results and communicate professionally
  • Entrepreneurial attitude and willingness to execute on multiple projects and solve problems in a fast-paced start-up environment

Preferred:

  • Successful grant identification and grant writing experience preferred but not required
  • Prior supervisory experience
  • Experience managing projects composed of internal and external team members

Benefits:

  • Generous paid time off package
  • Health, life, dental, and vision insurance plans
  • 401(k) plan
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Workplace perks such as snacks, coffee, foosball, & merit badge program

About Conamix:

Conamix is a team of work-hardened battery experts transforming sulfur cathodes from the out-of-reach holy-grail of lithium ion batteries into a global product with the energy, power, and cycle life demanded by the EV revolution. The company is using multiple breakthroughs in material science to unlock the potential of sulfur as an ultra-low-cost cathode for lithium ion batteries. Conamix has world class management, successful board members, and best-in-class investors.

Conamix promotes a collaborative life-long learning mindset in a space where everyone cares deeply and works extremely hard to achieve technical excellence. Our company values healthy work-life balance, professional and personal development, and data-driven R&D.

About Ithaca, NY:

Ithaca is a beautiful year-round travel destination situated in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine country. It is a quaint city nestled on the southern tip of Cayuga lake. Ithaca is known for its diverse cultural life enriched in the sciences and arts. In addition, it is renowned for its natural beauty, lakes, waterfalls, gorges, and endless hiking trails.

EEO Statement:

Conamix, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We are dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse workforce. All employment is decided on the basis of knowledge, skills, abilities, and business need.