Job Opening: Chemistry Technician

Sparkz Inc., is looking to hire two Chemistry Technicians at their California location. Posted July, 18 2022.

Job Description

Sparkz is looking for a dedicated and resourceful Chemistry Technician to support our growing in-house battery research and development (R&D) efforts. This is an entry-level position. As a Chemistry Technician within the R&D team at Sparkz’s Livermore, CA location, you will play an important role. You will be responsible for assisting the material synthesis, cell fabrication, and battery testing teams in day-to-day operations of the laboratory. As one of the team members most involved in lab functions, you will also provide vital feedback to the R&D team on improvements to lab protocols and safety procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with R&D team members to synthesize lithium-ion battery materials and make and test lithium-ion battery cells.
  • Execute lab protocols established by R&D team members to achieve R&D goals.
  • Report to R&D team members inefficiencies or problems encountered during execution of lab protocols.
  • Work with facility managers on repairs and routine maintenance to lab space and equipment.
  • Perform inventory evaluations to keep laboratory spaces continuously stocked with chemicals, personal protective equipment, and lab consumables.
  • Abide by all laboratory safety protocols and work with R&D team members to promote a culture of lab safety.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • High school diploma (or equivalent) is required.
  • This is an entry-level position, though work experience in a laboratory environment is beneficial.
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to adhere to safety principles and practices.
  • Ability to provide feedback on lab protocols and safety procedures to make lab work more efficient.
  • Strong communication (written and oral), organizational, and teamwork skills.
  • Basic knowledge of laboratory practices and techniques.

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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.