Research Associate - Clean Energy,...

Full Time | San Diego, CALIFORNIA | 4 months
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Job Summary

Full Time
Research Associate - Clean ...
San Diego
Kelly Services

Job Description

Research Associate - Clean Energy, San Diego, CA

Position Overview:  The Research Associate participates in customer research projects by preparing materials, executing planned experiments and analyzing experimental data. 

Pay Rate:  $25/hr

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in customer project teams to develop new and/or improved energy storage materials.
    • Participates in teams working on projects.    
    • Leads POCs (Proof of Concepts).
  • Prepare research experiments including ordering input materials, synthesizing materials and assembling cells, test equipment and materials as required.
    • Identifies areas to improve projects.
    • Meets deadlines.
    • Performs non-routine experiments with Scientist input.
    • Sets up and validates new equipment or processes with Scientist input.
    • Produces high quality error-free data
    • Follows documented procedures.
  • Monitor the status of research experiments in progress, identifying unusual activity or results on a timely basis.
    • Quickly identifies and communicates issues and problems.
    • Participate in discussions.
    • Implements solutions with documentation.
  • Manage experimental data files, reviewing for completeness and accuracy.
    • Follows documented procedures.
    • Meets deadlines. 
    • Pays attention to detail and reports inconsistencies.
  • Analyze experimental data and draw appropriate conclusions and/or design follow-up experiments as required.
    • Performs initial data analysis for Scientists.
  • Rapidly scale up new energy storage materials from research quantities (grams) to customer sample quantities (kilograms), maintaining material properties and quality
    • Follows documented procedures.
    • Performs scale-up experiments with Scientist guidance.
  • Utilize analytical tools and equipment to characterize materials.
    • Follows documented procedures.
    • Performs appropriate maintenance.
    • Reports data as requested.
    • Sets up new equipment with guidance.
  • Respect others in the workplace with a professional attitude; be considerate of others with housekeeping, shared equipment; provide a safe working environment for others.
    • Communicates safety concerns of co-workers to management.
    • Assumes leadership in implementing solutions to safety and housekeeping issues.
    • Sets a standard for housekeeping.
    • Treats co-workers with respect and consideration.

Job Requirements:

  • Master's degree (MS) in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics or other relevant discipline, or equivalent experience.
  • Two plus years of relevant work experience working in laboratory on research and development projects.
  • Experience with energy storage materials, particularly batteries (academia is OK).
  • Experience in a high throughput combinatorial chemistry laboratory.
  • Laboratory experience including excellent working knowledge of scientific protocol.
  • Strong track record of individual scientific accomplishment.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent problem solving skills. 
  • Results-orientation with a strong sense of urgency and drive for closure.
  • Ability to position, prioritize and execute multiple, competing demands and tasks concurrently.
  • Experience with electrochemical material characterization.
  • Fluency in a language other than English.

For immediate conisderation apply today! Have questions? Please reach out to Toni at

Why Kelly® ?

With Kelly, you’ll have access to some of the world’s highest regarded scientific organizations—providing you with opportunities to work on today’s most challenging, research-intensive, and relevant projects. Our connections can lead you to innovative scientific pursuits you’ll be proud to help advance. We work with 90 of the Fortune 100 companies and found opportunities for more than 10,000 scientific professionals last year.

You pursued a career in science to fuel your quest for knowledge and your desire to make the world a better place. Let Kelly fuel your career—connect with us today.

About Kelly®

At Kelly, we’re always thinking about what’s next and advising job seekers on new ways of working to reach their full potential. In fact, we’re a leading advocate for temporary/nontraditional workstyles, because we believe they allow flexibility and tremendous growth opportunities that enable a better way to work and live. Connecting great people with great companies is what we do best, and our employment opportunities span a wide variety of workstyles, skill levels, and industries around the world.

Kelly is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a diverse workforce, including, but not limited to, minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, sexual orientation, gender identity. Equal Employment Opportunity is The Law.

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