Careers.

Join our mission to make batteries eternal.

Lets Reverse Mining.​

Our mission is to replace mining with reuse as the largest source of the next 5 billion batteries. The problem is that EV batteries are fundamentally challenging and dangerous to reuse today. This is due to a slow and dangerous disassembly by hand.

 

To solve this at scale, we build cognitive robots called Bonobo that automatically recognize, disassemble, discharge, and diagnose EV batteries using machine perception and advanced robotics. We offer this technology as a service model for recyclers, automotives & battery makers. This blueprint scales battery reuse to the industrial volume needed for a truly clean energy revolution.

 

We are mobilizing a rock-star engineering team to design, build, test and deploy to customers the first robotic system that we call Bonobo (yes, like the monkey). Join us to reverse mining and scale battery reuse to deliver the next 5 Billion Batteries!

What we value.

Conscious Leadership

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.

Transparent Curiosity

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.

Generalist Expert

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.

Pioneering Builder

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 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.

Resourceful Hustler

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.

Open Positions.

BUSINESS

Head of Operations

Los Angeles

ENGINEERING

Head of Robotics

Los Angeles

Lead Battery Engineer

Los Angeles

Machine Perception Engineer

Los Angeles

Mechanical Design Engineer

Los Angeles

Robotics Engineeer

Los Angeles

Software & ML Engineer

Los Angeles

INTERNSHIPS

Business Analyst Internship

Los Angeles

Engineering Internship

Los Angeles

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. We will support you to do one thing a year that is high on your bucket list.

Part of a strong team

You will work directly with the founder and team from Tesla and Lightyear 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 help you stay sharp with online coursework and participation in top conferences and workshops in your domain.

Competitive compensation

As a young startup, we offer a market-competitive salary and a generous equity package that can turn into outsized rewards.

Sounds exciting?

Apply directly on the job page or send us an email to

careers@universeenergy.ai.

FAQs

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Get in touch and let us know how we can help.

careers@universeenergy.ai

You can drop us a message at careers@universeenergy.ai If you already found what you’re looking for, feel free to apply directly through the career page.

We are based in Los Angeles and we are working on getting an office, lab, and warehouse space ready asap. At this time, it’s the co-founding team, but we plan to recruit 8 engineers and business folks this year to join us in building the first prototype of Bonobo and operationally preparing for customer pilots.

We’ve raised Silicon Valley venture funding for the coming 18 months till Q3 2023. We aim to extend this with government grants. It will take us up to our next seed round.

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 discharging & unscrewing. It enables us to set up operational pilots to prove this technology on the first volumes of real used battery packs for customers in 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 simulating robotic handling for battery disassembly and developing software to plan out disassembly lines in modular factories.

We have Proof of Concept agreements with recyclers and 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.

We prefer to work with each other in the same space as it is a tightly integrated technology and operational game 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 remote working in the first month while we give you time to relocate and get settled here. We can find the right balance between office work and remote work, once you are relocated.

You will get access to your preferred pieces of hardware, software and materials to do your best and most productive work. To make you feel comfrotable, you get to customize your desk setup, think of a standing desk, two screens & a ball chair.