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Battery Engineer

K2 Space

K2 Space

Other Engineering
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, October 3, 2023

The Role

You will be responsible for designing some of the highest power systems ever flown in space. You will be able to develop a broad range of power electronics devices ranging from power switching to power conversion components capable of operating in the harshest space environments. In your first 6 months you will prototype your first high power devices and execute environmental and performance testing to refine your designs. In your first year you will qualify your hardware for flight and begin designing even more capable devices for future generations of spacecraft. In your first two years you will have flown your power devices in space and developed novel designs across all power domains.

Responsibilities

  • Develop battery systems for large spacecraft with power systems ranging from 20kW to 100kW capability in environments ranging from Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to deep space

  • Serve as Responsible Engineer for flight hardware from conception through flight

  • Own all design decisions related to the battery systems, including cell selection, interconnect design, mechanical pack design, and thermal design

  • Qualify your designs through environmental testing including vibration, shock, thermal, and thermal vacuum testing

  • Develop tests and models to analyze and verify battery performance

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or 3+ years of professional design experience with battery module or pack design (research and extracurricular academic projects qualify)

Nice to Have

  • Experience with high capacity (>1kWh) battery module or pack design

  • Experience with lithium ion cell chemistries, performance testing, and failure modes

  • Experience with battery pack thermal design including passive thermal conditioning and thermal runaway design mitigations

  • Experience with cell interconnect methods for cylindrical cells including resistance welding, spot welding, laser welding or wire bonding

  • Experience designing and testing battery packs for harsh environments

  • Experience designing or integrating with Battery Management Systems (BMS)

  • Experience programming in C/C++, Python, or Matlab

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Base salary range for this role is $85,000 - $180,000 + equity in the company

  • Salary will be based on several factors including, but not limited to: knowledge and skills, education, and experience level

  • Comprehensive benefits package including unlimited paid time off, medical/dental/vision coverage, life insurance, paid parental leave, and many other perks

If you don’t meet 100% of the preferred skills and experience, we encourage you to still apply! Building a spacecraft unlike any other requires a team unlike any other and non-traditional career twists and turns are encouraged! If you need a reasonable accommodation as part of your application for employment or interviews with us, please let us know.

ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

Equal Opportunity

K2 Space is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with K2 Space is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.