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Principal Battery Cell Engineer (GR 33) Job



Mt Vernon, WA, USA
Posted on Monday, June 12, 2023

Requisition Summary


We are looking for people that want to radically improve vehicle transportation to achieve lower carbon emissions. This position will be critical to PACCAR’s success as we build our capabilities in battery technologies for medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks.


Working at the PACCAR Technical Center you will be developing the next generation of battery technologies nestled between the snow-covered peaks of the north cascades and the Puget Sound. You’ll have easy access to recreational opportunities including, some of the best hiking, skiing, and snowboarding in the country, you also have access to boating, fishing, and sailing in the area.


This isn't a boring desk job! While the office environment here is great - many of our teams spend their days developing advanced battery technologies, characterizing battery cell performances, developing BMS algorithms, evaluating software, calibration, and hardware performance in our state-of-the-art facilities, well-equipped laboratories, or in trucks on our test tracks and local roads.

We also work very closely with our European counterparts, strategic academic and research partners in the U.S., and occasionally travel there for project work.

Come see what the PACCAR Technical Center and the beautiful Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Company Information


PACCAR is a Fortune 500 company established in 1905. PACCAR Inc is recognized as a global leader in the commercial vehicle, financial, and customer service fields with internationally recognized brands such as Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF trucks. PACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of premium light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates and also provides customized financial services, information technology and truck parts related to its principal business.

Whether you want to design the transportation technology of tomorrow, support the staff functions of a dynamic, international leader, or build our excellent products and services, you can develop the career you desire with PACCAR. Get started!


Job Functions / Responsibilities


  • Oversee and benchmark battery technologies for commercial vehicle electrification
  • Provide technical advice to PACCAR leadership team about battery cell technologies for making strategic decisions
  • Develop battery cell technical specifications for commercial truck applications
  • Support battery pack and battery system development programs
  • Contribute to the development of PACCAR battery technology roadmap
  • Conduct battery cell research work to support advanced BMS algorithm development
  • Interface with Universities, National Labs and other research partners in developing advanced battery technologies for commercial truck application
  • Liaise with purchasing to evaluate, select, and manage battery cell suppliers.
  • Communicate results and recommendations to team and stakeholders on a regular basis and facilitate technology transfer to relevant PACCAR divisions.



  • In-depth knowledge of cell chemistries and it’s major components (cathode, anode, electrolyte, separator, conductors, binders, etc.)
  • Demonstrated work experience in developing major battery materials and battery cells
  • Hands-on experience in using advanced analytical equipment (such as XRD, TGA-DSC, SEM-EDX, XPS, Raman, PSD, EIS, etc.) and battery cell testers
  • Experience in developing battery cell or battery material technical specifications
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness, analytical capability, and communication skills
  • Experience in supplier management with strong leadership skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, be a self-starter with a high level of initiative and innovation



PhD degree in electrochemistry, chemistry, or material sciences required, a postdoctoral research experience preferred


PACCAR Benefits


As a U.S. PACCAR employee, you have a full range of benefit options including:

  • 401k with up to a 5% company match
  • Fully funded pension plan that provides monthly benefits after retirement
  • Comprehensive paid time off – Minimum of 10 paid vacation days (additional days are provided with additional seniority/years of service), 12 paid holidays, and sick time
  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education 
  • Medical, dental, and vision plans for you and your family
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSA) and health savings account (HSA)
  • Paid short-and long-term disability program
  • Life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • EAP services including wellness plans, estate planning, financial counseling and more

Additional Job Board Information


PACCAR is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability. At PACCAR, we value talent and promote growth and development. We carefully consider numerous compensation factors, including your education, training, or experience. The salary range for Principal Battery Systems Engineer is $125,500- $203,500 annually. Additionally, this role is eligible for a full range of benefit options listed above. This position is also eligible for a holiday gift.