Energy Impact Partners
Energy Impact Partners

Battery Lab Technician



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2024

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 lab technician to work closely with our modeling and engineering team members to fully understand and execute the entire physical process of battery testing. 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.


  • Test setup, instrumentation, data collection, and documentation

  • Maintain and research upgrades to lab equipment (battery cyclers, thermal chambers, and electronics)

  • Lab safety and workflow practices

  • Organization, tidiness, and safety compliance of lab spaces

  • Mechanical and electrical design, fabrication, assembly, and documentation of test fixtures

  • Communicate technical matters, schedule considerations, deliverables, and needs to cross functional groups

Minimum Qualifications

  • Capable of performing required battery lab tasks

  • Clear and effective written and interpersonal communication skills

  • Working knowledge of basic software, spreadsheets, etc.

  • 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

Preferred Additional Qualifications

  • Mechanical and/or Electrical CAD proficiency

  • Basic understanding of measurements and conversion for basic scientific units as well as electrical units

  • Running, crimping, and organizing wires and wiring harnesses

  • Electrical safety and/or high voltage lab experience

  • Basic knowledge of python, writing scripts, networking, etc.

What We Offer

  • Full-time, in-person position, standard hours subject to time zones
  • Competitive compensation, equity incentive, and benefits package
  • Excellent colleagues that are interested in your happiness and growth
  • Salary range $75,000 to $90,000 annual base

Zitara is committed to building a diverse and inclusive team. Reports from LinkedIn and Hewlett Packard indicate that women are less likely to apply for positions due to perceived mismatches with listed qualifications. It's reasonable that this phenomenon extends to other underrepresented groups too. If you think you have what it takes but don't necessarily meet every single point listed, please apply - you could be exactly who we are looking for!