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Sr. Battery Cell Engineer

Let's create the future together.

At Volvo Cars, we believe that being curious and truly committed to understanding people is the key to future success. We are people who care about other people, working together to create new technologies and innovations for safe, sustainable, and convenient mobility.


Want to join us?


What do we offer?

Volvo Cars aim for 50% of global sales to be pure electric by 2025 and by the same time have 1 million electrified cars on the road. The battery technology continuously undergoes rapid and frequent changes. Mastering the batteries by having the cell technology competence is one of the main keys for a successful electrification of our vehicles. We are now in the beginning of this very exciting journey.


Where You’ll Belong

Your position will be in Volvo car tech center Sunnyvale, California there we are building up a cell team for development and support to our headquarter in Sweden regarding Li-ion technology and automotive battery systems. The headquarter in Sweden are responsible for cell strategies and to support cell suppliers and material companies to develop tailormade cells for Volvo Cars, but also to find solutions for Polestar, Lotus, Lync&co, Zeekr and Geely.
We are growing fast within the cell and cell integration area with a high possibility of influencing way of working and future technology. By bottom-up technical decisions we ensure that your voice will be heard.
We are working in an agile setup according to scaled agile framework (SAFe) in agile teams with a global common backlog and technology roadmap.


Cell Usage & Durability Group

We are an international team with a wide range of competences, which in combination with cross functional work, enables fast learning and growth.

Work-life Balance is something that infuses Volvo Cars, one of our teammates describe it as good management with horizontal integration. What does work-life balance mean to you? Maybe it is to have a home-baked “fredagsfika” or the benefit of our family bond*.

We will challenge you and expect you to do the same to bring out the best from each one of us. Together we make real impact not only on the company aim, but also for the planet, are you ready to contribute to a safer and more sustainable future?


Let’s Dig into the Tech!

We are divided into five focus areas, safety, durability, performance, design and integration. Each of these competence areas are responsible for cell and module delivery into our vehicles. The battery packs are designed and assembled in-house which require a close relationship between the different design teams to ensure the vehicle requirements are fulfilled. We also have close contact with our cell suppliers and work in close cooperation with calibration, CAE and testing.

You will get the chance in the Sunnyvale office to be involved mainly in the concept phase for cell development activities. You will also contribute during industrialization phase for specific tasks where you have special knowledge. You will also be a part of building up a network of startups, consortium, and University regarding battery cell development in the USA. A network which will be used globally to solve the challenges ahead.

The cell development task could include chemistry upgrade to improve e.g., energy density, cost, quality, lifetime, or process improvement. Our target is to be leading within electrification.   

Your Contribution

We are looking for a teammate with experience from cell design and/or cell production preferable large scale, who share our passion for Li-ion battery technology. Have you been the main contact person between battery suppliers and OEMs? Then it is star potential.  

We expect you to have several years’ experience in the Li-ion field and education within Electrochemistry, Electrical Engineering or equivalent.   
If you choose to dive into the safety area, you will also need to be familiar with safety standards (for example ISO 26262) and abuse testing standards, here knowledge of cell/module/pack test development will also be blinding.

To thrive in the role, you need to appreciate interaction with different stakeholders. We have contact with external suppliers regularly, always with an ethical and sustainable focus. We also interact a lot with different internal stakeholders due to that the cell is a key component and lot of teams depend on our input. For us it is important that you enjoy sharing information and knowledge with your colleagues.


Description of our different teams/focus areas of which the US office belong to cell Design:

  • Cell Safety - design and integrate cells in a way that ensure us keeping the lead in safety.
  • Cell Performance – cell design and system implementation that leads to battery performance that makes us leaders in electrification.
  • Cell Design – with the aim to be able to design, develop and manufacture cells on our own.
  • Cell Durability - cell design and system implementation that leads to battery durability that makes us leaders in electrification.
  • Cell Integration - develop and deliver high quality cells, cell modules, swelling pads and integrate them into the vehicle.​

Who are we?

Everything we do starts with people. Our purpose is to provide freedom to move, in a personal, sustainable and safe way. We are committed to simplifying our customers’ lives by offering better technology solutions that improve their impact on the world and bringing the most advanced mobility innovations to protect them, their loved ones and the people around them. 


In the spirit of a human-centric environment, we strongly believe in the well-being of our employees as well as their families. There are generous health and wellness programs that begin day-one with the company as well as a wide variety of other benefit programs including a comprehensive 401(k), potential for retention & company bonuses, and an opportunity to be a brand ambassador through our car incentive programs! Furthermore, in an effort to build the workday around our employees, we also offer remote flexibility working options. . Lastly, to build on our commitment for equal parenting roles for all genders, we recently launched a new parental leave policy which offers up to 24 weeks of leave at 80% of base pay.

Most importantly, Volvo Cars’ continued success is the result of a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive working environment. The people of Volvo Cars are committed to making a difference in our world. Today, we are one of the most well-known and respected car brands, with over 40,000 employees across the globe. We believe in bringing out the best in each other and harnessing the true power of people. At Volvo Cars your career is designed around your talents and aspirations so you can reach your full potential. Join us on a journey of a lifetime as we create safety, autonomous driving and electrification technologies of tomorrow.


Sunnyvale, CA, US

Job requisition ID:  47125

Nearest Major Market: San Jose
Nearest Secondary Market: Palo Alto

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