Materials R&D Engineer – Cache Energy

University of Illinois Research Park

University of Illinois Research Park

Other Engineering
Champaign, IL, USA
Posted on Monday, August 21, 2023

Cache is one of the fastest growing, U.S Department of Energy award winning, energy storage venture. Cache is developing ultra-long duration energy storage technology. At the core of the technology is “solid fuel” that is safely installed anywhere and transported everywhere, providing the same dispatchability as fossil fuels but in an entirely clean fashion. You will get to lead the development of this unprecedented technology to help bring it to people around the world. We work with some of the largest companies on the planet who partner with us to de-carbonize their operations. Learn more here: www.cache-energy.com. We encourage you to apply even if you do not believe you meet every single qualification.


Enable continuous innovation in energy storage material by improving the performance and reducing cost


1). Increase energy storage material performance and reduce cost.

  • Perform hands-on experiments as a core part of the R&D team.
  • Maintain deep know-how of the state of the art by continuous literature search and engaging with experts/consultants.

2). Set 6 months vision and monthly targets (sub-divided into weekly targets) for the R&D team in alignment with Cache’s goals.

3). Implement a rigorous data collection and maintenance system in place.


  • Energy, Drive, Speed and Frugality
  • Superior inter-personal skills: Ability to act as a team player in a cohesive team, constructively seek and provide critique.
  • Constant willingness to learn and improve.

Ideal Candidate

This role demands an innovative mindset with an ability to plan and perform inorganic material experiments. The ability to move fast and the knack for getting things done are necessary. A master’s degree or higher in Civil, Materials, Mechanical, Chemical Engineering or related field is preferred but not necessary. Individuals with an undergraduate degree in related fields and research experience are also suitable.

University of Illinois Research Park is an equal opportunity employer.