Mitra Chem is a Silicon Valley startup working at the intersection of machine learning and battery development. We live at the cutting-edge of battery technology and aim to deliver world-class materials for the EV market within the next few years. Our goal is to be the first lithium-ion battery materials manufacturer to shorten the lab-to-production timeline by >90% through accelerated R&D and vertically integrated process optimization. We will first focus on Li-ion battery cathodes, converting them from commodity chemicals into a product platform, customized for different applications. We are setting up a state-of-the-art 15,600 sq ft industrial R&D center in Mountain View, CA. Join our team to be a part of the growing energy revolution.

We are looking for an Engineering Manager, Materials Characterization to lead the materials characterization team and build critical characterization techniques for battery material development.


  • Establish a metrology infrastructure roadmap that delivers a differentiated set of advanced techniques and analyses to support R&D objectives.
  • Partner with our software and data science teams to set a vision on accelerating Mitra Chem’s material characterization and qualification workflow.
  • Drive and upgrade Mitra Chem’s metrology lab infrastructure for battery materials characterization such as SEM, XRD, BET, ICP-OES, Raman etc.
  • Lead and mentor a team of materials engineers and scientists to develop new characterization techniques and methodologies.
  • Collaborate with the product development team to understand how the metrology team can uniquely solve product related challenges.
  • Refine and optimize metrology lab workflow and resource allocation to boost operational efficiency, quality and safety
  • Liaise closely with fellow R&D infrastructure management to coordinate, resource and effectively staff critical lab-wide activities
  • Oversee daily experimental work and internal process advancements


  • BS in material science, or related degree and a minimum of 10 years professional lab experience; OR Master’s degree in material science, or related degree, with a minimum of 5 years professional lab experience; OR a Ph.D. in material science, or related degree, with a minimum of 3 year professional lab experience
  • Previous management experience in an R&D lab
  • Deep technical understanding of materials characterization techniques such as SEM, XRD, BET, PSA, ICP-OES, analytical chemical analysis, etc.
  • Previous experience with battery materials is highly preferred.
  • Quantitative background in statistical analysis and programming tools.
  • Professional communication skills across different functional groups
  • Ability to multitask and manage priorities in a dynamic environment


  • Competitive compensation package
  • Comprehensive benefits including health, vision and dental insurance, and 401K.
  • Tax-free spending accounts, along with life and disability insurances
  • 401k matching, equity and savings programs
  • Flexible time off with company holidays
  • Free lunch and snacks

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