Job Opening: Battery Material Scientist

Sparkz Inc., is looking to hire a Battery Material Scientist at their California location. Posted Jan. 25, 2022.

Job Description

  • Synthesis, design and optimize solid oxide electrolyte materials for use in lithium batteries with particular attention to the characterization, the structure analysis and the morphology study of the materials;
  • Assemble and test energy storage devices and evaluate the performance of the materials and energy storage devices.
  • Collect and analyze data to achieve the most optimal solution for energy storage research activities
  • Ensure that all safety procedures are followed while conducting research

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • Experience in oxide material preparation via solid state, sol-gel and hydrothermal process. Knowledge and experience in materials synthesis.
  • Familiar with gloveboxes, analysis instruments such as SEM, XRD, Impedance measurement (electrolyte/electrode interface), battery cycler, and Environment, Safety and Health requirement/documentation.

Minimum Education

  • Ph.D. or Masters in Materials science, Chemistry, or Chemical engineering.

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Founder & CEO

Dr. Sanjiv Malhotra

Dr. Sanjiv Malhotra is the founder and CEO of Sparkz—the battery start-up reinventing the energy supply chain.


Malhotra has been a leader in the energy sector for nearly three decades as a founder, investor and executive. Most recently, he served as the inaugural director for the Energy Investor Center at the U.S Department of Energy (DOE), serving under both Democratic and Republican administrations.


At DOE, Malhotra led the Obama Administration’s initiative to boost public-private partnerships to accelerate the commercialization of technologies developed in national research centers like Oak Ridge National Labs.


Malhotra was recruited to the Department of Energy after a successful exit of Oorja Protonics—the world leader in methanol fuel cells—which he founded and led as CEO for 10 years. Oorja raised $50 Million in equity financing from leading VCs such as Sequoia, DAG Ventures, Artis Capital and others during his tenure. He boosted Oorja’s revenue and profitability growth, while expanding operations globally in Japan, China, South Africa, Mexico, and India.


Oorja was acquired in 2014 by the Private Equity firm MinXing Growth Fund.


As an investor and consultant, Malhotra has worked at leading venture capital firms, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers as an advisor on clean energy and advanced materials.


Earlier in his career, Malhotra led the engineering and product development team at H Power, a pioneer in hydrogen fuel cells. As part of the management team, he managed the successful IPO, which raised more than $100 million in August 2000.


He began his career as a post-doctoral fellow at the renowned Lawrence Berkeley National Labs on electrochemical storage systems. Dr. Malhotra has authored seven patents and more than 40 publications in various fields of energy storage technology and materials. He holds a PhD in chemical engineering and an M.B.A from University of Iowa.