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Phillips 66 Engineer - Battery Development in Bartlesville, Oklahoma

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Phillips 66 has more than 140 years of experience in providing the energy that enables people to dream bigger and go farther, faster. We are committed to improving lives, and that is our promise to our employees and our communities. We are sustained by the backgrounds and experiences of our diverse teams, which reflect who we are, the environment we create and how we work together. Our company is built on values of safety, honor and commitment. We call our cultural mindset Our Energy in Action, which we define through four simple, intuitive behaviors: We work for the greater good, create an environment of trust, seek different perspectives and achieve excellence. Phillips 66 was recognized by Forbes as one of “America’s Best Employers” in 2021.


Phillips 66 is currently accepting applications for an Engineer – Battery Development position within the Business Unit Support organization at the Phillips 66 Research Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The selected candidate will be part of a scientific research laboratory team working under the direction of one or more professional scientists or supervisors. This position directly supports development of new carbon-based battery materials with an aim towards rapid commercialization. Responsibilities include collaboration with local and international team members to develop new approaches to battery component synthesis that drive innovation and enhance battery performance.

Responsibilities May Include

  • Executing all research work with a paramount focus on safety.

  • Collaborating and independently developing and conducting research programs targeted to improve battery performance with an aim towards rapid commercialization.

  • Executing internal and external literature and patent evaluations to help identify areas of potential research.

  • Working with team members to identify research targets and develop detailed experimental protocols to meet identified targets.

  • Developing relationships with battery component manufacturers and leverage relationships to understand market needs and identify battery performance targets.

  • Synthesizing and analyzing data from advanced analytical techniques, battery testing, and commercial data to evaluate research outcomes.

  • Working with internal material producers to develop lab- and commercial-scale trials to evaluate anode performance.

  • Evaluating data for quality and develop measures to improve/analyze data quality as needed, including use of relevant statistical analysis software and data visualization tools.

  • Presenting data in written and oral format to internal and external audiences.

  • Conducting hands-on research as needed, including battery synthesis and lab-scale graphitization.

Position Requirements


  • Doctorate degree in Chemistry, Engineering, or science related field

  • Technical expertise in electrochemistry and thermodynamics

  • Strong technical report writing and presentation skills

  • Focused attention to detail and strong organizational skillsets

  • Ability to apply research and statistical analysis techniques to make sound, data-driven conclusions with a focus on driving products to market


  • Doctorate degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field, with specialization in lithium-ion battery anodes

  • 5 or more years of experience in a battery research laboratory/manufacturing facility

  • Familiarity with Arbin Instruments, Excel VBA, and SQL

  • A strong experimental and theoretical background related to lithium-ion batteries for use in electric vehicles and consumer electronics

  • Expertise in powder processing and formulation development

  • Experience in battery materials synthesis, coin cell fabrication, characterization, and analysis

  • Experience with specialized analytical techniques targeted towards battery evaluation

  • Technical expertise in electrochemistry, thermodynamics, and structure-function relationships

  • Strong leadership skills and ability to work well in a team environment

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including detailed documentation of lab results and procedures

  • Proven ability to self-start and work alone, as well as work within a team setting

  • Ability to adjust quickly to unexpected conditions

  • Proven proactive approach to safety with a good working safety record

  • Strong organizational and multitasking skills

Located in northeast Oklahoma, Bartlesville is home to approximately 36,000 people. Area families appreciate the affordable cost of living and the conveniences a small town community offers while enjoying the cultural amenities of a larger metropolitan area. Bartlesville hosts many festivals including its own world-renowned OKM Music Festival. It has a symphony orchestra, Broadway series, dance companies, and an active art association. Among the state's 32 largest school districts, Bartlesville is an award-winning leader in STEM education and the high school is ranked among the best in the state by U.S. News & World Report. By the fall of 2020, every student will be provided a Chromebook. In July 2013 Coldwell Banker ranked Bartlesville #30 as one of the nation’s best “booming suburbs” to live in, based on economic factors, school quality, cost of living, crime rates, and other criteria. Phillips 66 has deep roots in Bartlesville dating back to 1917 when its predecessor-in-interest, Phillips Petroleum, was founded. Centrally located on major highways, it has close proximity to larger cities like Tulsa (45 miles) and Oklahoma City (123 miles). It’s only 18 miles to the Kansas border with Wichita and Kansas City well within driving distance.

To be considered

In order to be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of June 24, 2021 .

Phillips 66 is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer of Women/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Requisition ID: 54250

Location: Oklahoma - Bartlesville

Job Field: Research

Division : Energy Research & Innovation

Technical Req : No