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Graphite Processing Technician

Molten Industries

Molten Industries

Oakland, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024
About Us
Molten Industries' mission is to decarbonize the world's transportation and heavy industrial sectors. We are commercializing breakthrough technology to make high-quality, CO2-neutral graphite and hydrogen using only methane and electricity as inputs. Graphite is a critical mineral that makes up as much as 25% of the mass of lithium-ion batteries used in phones, laptops, and electric vehicles. Molten has developed an entirely new method of graphite production with a fundamentally new supply chain and cost structure.
Molten started in 2021 out of a garage at Stanford and is backed by top-tier venture capital firms and a world-class advisory board. We believe in using our talents for the most meaningful work of our lives - mitigating the effects of climate change. We want to do the kind of work that you can write home about. The work that you’ll tell your grandkids about. Engineering feats, growth miracles, and rock-solid, real-world change. At Molten we believe in dreaming big, working with urgency, and getting our hands dirty.
Join us in our effort to push the final frontier of decarbonization.
The Role
As a member of Molten’s early team, you will build and operate our lithium ion battery graphite anode material processing facility to take graphite concentrate to anode active material. You will commission and operate pilot and commercial scale graphite anode processing equipment. You will assist with graphite anode optimization and testing to produce high-quality, reproducible graphite for battery manufacturer and EV OEM qualification. You are a scrappy self-starter with a bias to action. You enjoy being hands-on and operating physical systems. You are eager to play a key role in the fight against climate change.

What you will do

  • Commission and operate pilot and commercial scale graphite anode processing equipment, including purification, milling, shaping, and coating process equipment
  • Field installation of new machines and retrofitting existing production equipment
  • Optimize Molten’s graphite anode material at pilot and commercial scale to meet customer quality, purity, and performance requirements
  • Work closely with a small technical founding team to push our graphite production technology to industrial scale

What you will bring

  • 2+ years of experience working with manufacturing of natural or synthetic graphite for the battery industry
  • Hands-on experience building and/or operating natural or synthetic graphite manufacturing equipment or other powder processing and handling equipment at the pilot to commercial scale
  • Experience with bulk powder handling, calcination, graphitization, milling, sieving, mixing, shaping, and pitch coating
  • Experience operating and maintaining pumps, motors, compressors, and other basic industrial power components
  • Experience with plumbing and electrical routing
  • Safety oriented individual with experience in an industrial or construction environment
  • You do not need to have every listed skill to be a great fit! If you are passionate about this opportunity and think you have the skills to help our team succeed, please apply!
    Physical Demands and Working Conditions
  • Ability to perform physically demanding work for extended periods of time
  • Wear personal protective equipment including but not limited to full-face respirators, gloves, safety glasses, hearing protection, hard hats, and steel toe safety shoes
  • Frequently and repetitively lift, push, and carry up to 35 lbs
  • Reach low shelves or items on the floor, stoop, lay, bend, reach, squat, kneel, crouch, twist, and crawl to perform critical maintenance and assembly

Bonus Points

  • Startup experience or experience in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficiency reading and redlining P&IDs
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Perks and Benefits
Competitive salary or hourly wage eligible for overtime
Meaningful equity compensation
Health, dental and vision insurance covered by Molten
Generous 401k matching program
Flexible time off