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Natron Energy

Battery-Engineering Intern
Santa Clara, CA
Innovation Area: 
Storage, Transmission and Management
Position Type: 
Internship Term: 
12 weeks

About the company

Natron Energy is a start up company based in Santa Clara, California. Natron is developing a completely new battery technology that offers longer cycle life, lower cost, and higher power and efficiency than existing batteries. These batteries offer extremely high performance for stationary applications requiring high cycle life. Natron is backed by leading venture capital firms and has support from ARPA-E.

Natron is seeking summer interns for battery engineering projects. These projects will include materials synthesis and processing, fabrication of battery electrodes and cells, cell testing and modeling, design and prototyping of new cell designs, design and prototyping of pack/modules, and development of battery management system software and hardware. Interns will be selected for projects requiring skill sets matching their general backgrounds (chemistry/materials, mechanical engineering, electrochemistry, electrical engineering, etc.). Each summer intern will be paired with a staff engineer mentor who will guide the intern’s work over the course of the summer. That work will include contributions to ongoing engineering projects and may also include a capstone project assigned individually to the intern.

Position title

Battery Engineering Intern


  • Work together with Natron’s scientists and engineers to execute project goals: synthesis of new materials, fabrication of battery components and cells, testing and modeling cell performance and lifetime, or prototyping new cell designs.  
  • Research and understand the scientific or engineering background to the project and the state-of-the-art in the battery industry today.
  • Develop and master key experimental tools and methods such as physical characterization or battery test equipment, modeling software, prototyping equipment, or others as needed.
  • Plan and execute a self-contained design of experiments within the larger team projects and present project findings to the company and/or its board of directors.

Who should apply

Ideal candidates are creative, self-motivated problem solvers who have prior experience performing lab work in an engineering or physical science field, or a combination of extensive coursework in an engineering field and hands-on experience in a prototyping shop

Required expertise

  • Progress towards an advanced degree in a scientific or engineering field: materials science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or inorganic chemistry.
  • Prior relevant lab or shop experience.
  • Has a do-whatever-it-takes attitude, thrives in a fast-paced start up environment, and is capable of delivering project deliverables on time.

Preferred skills/Majors

Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Applied Physics, Physics, Chemistry, or related fields.

Internship term

12 weeks