Join the mission to reverse mining.
We are Universe Energy and we make batteries eternal.
Our mission is to make the next billion batteries out of used ones and reverse the need for mining.
The problem is that batteries are challenging to reuse today because supply is constrained by non-standard testing, dangerous disassembly by hand, and expensive shipping. We streamline the supply of 2nd life batteries by scanning how good they still are using a visual brain scan of the battery and dismantling them with robots for 50% of the cost.
Once we have thousands of batteries flowing through our disassembly line, we’ll turn batteries into cheap grid storage packs. This prevents the need for new battery manufacturing, mining raw materials, and postpones recycling.
Our vision is to become the world’s largest maker of clean batteries by making the next billion batteries from used ones. It will power a truly clean energy revolution and reduce 7 Gton of CO2 by 2050.
The Bonobo Robot dismantles batteries.
We are building a cognitive robot that we call Bonobo that automatically diagnoses, disassembles, and discharges EV batteries using robotic manipulation, autonomous controls, and computer vision. The first-generation robotic system will automatically assess the battery’s state of health, remove covers from arbitrary battery packs (500 kg), and perform safe discharging. It then disassembles these batteries from the pack level (500 kg) down to the module level (25 kg). Bonobo can take batteries apart 4x faster and safer than a human at 6x the throughput, leading to 50% lower unit economics.
Join the early team to make a positive impact on the planet from day one.
We launched our 4,500 sq ft pilot facility in El Segundo, Los Angeles. You can join the early team in robotics & battery engineering and business roles. You have the chance to shape the company trajectory from day one, build pioneering technology, and launch the first pilot programs with customers. You will work alongside a talented team to leave the world better than you found it. Think you’re a real badass? Apply today and join the warehouse party to scale battery reuse to deliver the next billion batteries!
What we value.
We think about the early team member as another co-founder that thinks life is great. You can take care of yourself, the people around you, and the world you live in. You dare to make decisions in ambiguity, you reason from scratch to first concepts smoothly, and you can bring people with you to achieve great things together.
You foresee the world you want to live in and you look at the world with wonder & awe. You are a strong independent thinker and go out to find the data to test your hypotheses. You are open to discussing this in a group with different perspectives to find the right answer together.
You have done extraordinary things at the top of your field. It could be by building bad-ass products, doing cutting-edge research, or helping startups grow fast. You’re exceptionally good in one field and have multidisciplinary experience in others. You love design problems integrating various disciplines.
You can start on a blank sheet of paper and reason towards solutions to problems that have not been solved before. You choose to build a quick prototype, run a simulation, or deploy a data model, instead of over-optimizing on theory. You’re not afraid to build, experiment, and learn. It is the way that leads to the best products fastest.
You get hard things done quickly and learn from doing on the job. You are not afraid to fail or get rejected as long as you get the right answer in the long run. You can fix things fast and cheaply by calling your buddy from high school and emailing your faraway aunt.
Robotic Controls Engineer
Machine Perception Engineer
Lead Battery Engineer
Head of Business Development
Head of Operations
What we offer.
Impact from day one
You will have a direct impact on Bonobo’s system design and delivery of the real-world prototype. You will gain valuable startup experience in deploying products on the edge of robotics, ML, and batteries. We iterate fast, learn by experimenting, and ship products to customers directly. If we succeed in our mission, the planet benefits massively.
High risk = high reward
If we succeed, you succeed. You will help shape the trajectory of the company and will grow along with it. You can benefit from an outsized upside as the company scales. You will take on a growing responsibility in technology, recruiting, sales and leadership. It will help you build your startup idea one day.
Part of the early team
You work in the early team closely with the co-founders that build products for Tesla and Lightyear with experience in product development, B2B sales and team building. We help you achieve your personal career goals by shaping and tracking development targets and connecting you to our network of top people in robotics, battery technology, and ML. We support your skill set with online coursework and participation in conferences and workshops in your domain.
As a young startup, we offer close to market-competitive salaries and a generous equity package that can turn into outsized rewards as we grow over time.
Have a question?
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You can drop us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org If you already found what you’re looking for, feel free to apply directly through the career page.
We are based in Los Angeles in our 4’500 sq ft pilot facility. We have four team members and are actively recruiting the core team of 8 engineers and business folks this year to join us in building the prototype of Bonobo and operationally preparing for customer pilots.
We plan to deliver the fully integrated prototype of our cognitive robotic system, called Bonobo. It proves battery recognition, performs robotic handling routines, and demonstrates automated cover removal. It enables us to set up operational pilots to prove this technology on the first series of used battery packs in customer pilots.
We are developing to run the automated disassembly actions in simulations, so we can deploy it on the physical prototype system. We are growing a dataset of images and laser-scanned 3D models of battery packs. We trained a computer vision model to recognize battery models and map out screws, wires, covers, and harnesses. We are ready to deploy this on our robotic systems, perception cameras and battery testing hardware in the pilot facility to validate simulations in the real world and launch the first dismantling robots.
We are shaping Pilot Agreements with automotives to run battery disassembly, diagnostics, and discharging operations. We collect battery data and have access to operational facilities. It enables us to automate the process for them. We expect this will convert to processing the first commercial battery volumes.
No, we prefer to work with each other in the same space as it is a tightly integrated technology and operational project that involves robots, software, and batteries. It requires close and open communication, quick product iterations, and collaborative problem-solving. We are open to starting with hybrid working in the first month(s) while we give you time to relocate and get settled here. We can find the right balance between office work and work from home, once you are relocated.