Senior / Lead Application Engineer

Job description

Are you excited to help shape the future of battery technology and consequently the future of consumer electronics and mobility? Do you have the engineering wit do drive customer success from a technical perspective? Can you not wait to dive in to a VC-backed deep tech scale-up with the ambition to change the world?


The job
As LeydenJar's battery technology matures and reaches qualification in more and more end markets, LeydenJar is looking for ambitious application engineers to work with its clients towards commercial end products. Within the context of the newly formed Product division, you will be the first line of technical support for client facing projects (sample exchanges, proof of concept projects and joint development projects). Work in this sense ranges from translating client desires into battery specs, working with LeydenJar's lab, R&D and production teams to meet these requirements and supporting the business development team with technical input. As you grow in the job, you will increasingly take final responsibility for LeydenJar's technical discussions with large OEMs and battery cell manufacturers. 


As an application engineer, you are passionate about translating R&D results into real world applications and you get excited from working with clients in complex, multi stakeholder groups to help them implement our battery technology. Implementing novel battery technology is a multi-faceted problem that requires insights into electrochemistry for battery cell design, transferring these designs into large scale manufacturing lines (up to GWh scale) and advising clients on integrating resultant batteries into their end products. Added to this, you can also expect plenty opportunities to work on LeydenJar's business development and support in R&D projects. Finally, you will also take a role in lab management, quality control, metrology development and proces development. 

Job requirements

About you

  • You are highly passionate about both deep tech and clean tech and you want to make your mark on a fast growing scale-up company
  • You have a Msc. or PhD degree with a specific focus on (next generation) li-ion batteries. Added to this, you have 8+ years of working experience in the li-ion battery industry. You have deep knowledge of li-ion battery production technology and electrochemistry and are familiar with challenges and opportunities related to next generation technologies such as silicon anodes
  • You will lead the process of getting our anodes into real-world applications, so we need you to have angible experience in managing complex, multi-stakeholder projects. This is not an R&D role - we need a hands-on 'getting things done' mindset. You will be the 'technical conscience' of our client facing POC & JDP projects, you will set clear product specs in conjunction with our R&D and production teams and you will translate these specs into clear and concise customer communications. Added to this you also do hands-on product development work and you're responsible for releasing our products to market
  • You're a teamplayer with excellent people skills and a strongly analytical approach to problem solving. Flexibility to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances is key
  • You strongly relate to LeydenJar's core values of entrepreneurship, openness and data-driven decision making
  • Fluency in English is a must, proficiency in Dutch is a plus


What can you expect from us?

  • Unique experience in a rapidly scaling VC-backed start-up environment (in the next 18 months LeydenJar is expected to triple in size)
  • Chance to work on potentially world-changing technology that can be a game changer to a range of industries and a key enabler for the energy transition
  • Be part of a young, ambitious, innovative and entrepreneurial team with lots of emphasis on taking responsibilities. Added to this, you'll be part of a highly international team (currently ~50% of our ~40 employees are non-Dutch)
  • You will be one of the first employees of a novel division (Product) that is expected to grow significantly over the next year or so. You will play a leading role in this organisation, reporting to the Head of Product
  • Full time position, based in Leiden. You will start on a 1y contract that can become an indefinite term contract. Relocation and visa support is open for discussion 
  • After a phone screening, the application procedure will consist of two rounds. People that you will likely meet during this process include Ewout Lubberman, Tom Homewood, Rohan Siveraj, Yiseop Ahn and Christian Rood.