Ionic Materials is seeking an enthusiastic, self-motivated solid state physicist/metallurgist to lead the research and development of non-ferrous metal alloys. The position will provide opportunities to collaborate with highly-talented people within Ionic Materials’ team of researchers and engineers, while also working collaboratively with external partners and customers.


The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in the research and development, production, testing, and characterization of non-ferrous metal alloys, including zinc, aluminum, magnesium, and other metals. The solid state physicist/metallurgist will be a member of the Ionic Materials’ alkaline R&D team, is responsible for developing metals alloys, their processes, engineering specifications, quality support and metallurgical evaluations. The position holder will collaborate with other electrochemists, materials scientists and mechanical engineers to implement metal alloys into anodes of electrochemical cells.

  • Initiate, and conduct development of new alloy compositions to improve performance of products;
  • Develop procedures including identifying and sourcing equipment needed to create, test and characterize metal alloys in the form of ingots, foils and/or powders;
  • Qualify new alloy materials through corrosion testing and other evaluating process responses;
  • Strong focus on relationships between processing, microstructures and physical, mechanical and electrochemical properties;
  • Design and conduct experiments aimed at enhancing the level of understanding of the performance of products;
  • Responsible for identifying external suppliers for metal powder production if required;
  • Work with Ionic Materials’ Program Managers on collaborations with strategic suppliers, external partners, presenting progress in alloy development.


  • Minimum M.S. in solid state physics, metallurgical engineering, materials science, or related field;
  • 5+ years of experience working with metal alloys;
  • Strong knowledge of the methodology, tests and equipment used in the microstructural and physical property characterization of metal alloys;
  • Direct experience working with zinc, aluminum, magnesium is a plus, with emphasis on interactions between alloy design, formulation, processing, microstructure and properties;
  • Self-starter, detail-oriented, work well independently and in a team environment;
  • Ability to plan experiments, analyze data, and draw conclusions;
  • Experience working with alloy powders and suppliers is a plus;
  • Ability and desire to perform well in a fast-paced, problem-solving environment.