Materials Engineer/Scientist at Bolt Threads
Emeryville, CA, US

At Bolt Threads, we believe that answers to our most vexing problems can be found in nature. Every day we’re inspired by the amazing materials we work with and driven by the desire to turn these materials into incredible products. We are a venture-backed, idea-driven company, led by world-class scientific and engineering talent, as well as experienced executives from the technology and apparel industries.

We’re Looking For...

Bolt Threads is looking for an experienced materials engineer/scientist to support the development of novel material using Bolt’s unique biomaterials. The ideal candidate will have strong technical fundamentals, practical experience in the design and execution of experiments, as well as a thorough knowledge of nonwoven textile design, fabrication and characterization. This position will play a key role in a multidisciplinary research team working to develop MyloTM, a mycelium-based textile alternative to leather.

You’ll be Excited to Come to Work Because…

The Experience

  • You’ll have the ability to make a significant, positive impact on a team, a company, and the world.
  • You’ll get honest feedback that’s given in the service of helping us get better at what we do.
  • You’ll encounter unique (often ambiguous) challenges, and diverse teams working to solve them.
  • You’ll find innovative approaches to science, technology, and culture.

The Work

Within the first 30 days, you will…

  • Learn established standard operating procedures (SOP’s) for flexible mycelium-based materials fabrication and characterization.
  • Formulate and fabricate fiber-reinforced materials with varying properties.
  • Investigate root causes of product failures.
  • Design and execute material processing experiments.
  • Capture and analyze experimental data using the corporate LIMS system.
  • Present the research results and conclusions to the project team meetings.
  • Engage with EHS to perform job hazard assessment (JHA) for new processes.

Within the first 60 days, you will…

  • Own the development of methods for materials mechanical testing and characterization (e.g. thermal analysis).
  • Design natural fiber materials bonding processes for soft goods and hard good applications.
  • Consult with the process development teams to transfer new material processing methods.
  • Consult with the product development team to ensure that material meet the specifications.
  • Analyze and interpret the results from the material laboratory instruments (e.g. mechanical, thermal and spectroscopic).
  • Author SOPs and technical reports for several stakeholders.
  • Present results and conclusions to stakeholders across several functional areas.
  • Establish relationships between the structure and properties of the natural fiber materials.

This Team will be Excited to Have You Because You Bring…

  • MS or D. degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Materials Science and Engineering, Textiles Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Polymer or environmental Chemistry, Composites engineering, Biomaterials, Fiber Science).
  • 3+ years of industrial and/or research experience in non-woven textile and/or polymers.
  • Up to date knowledge of the relevant literature regarding biomaterial sciences including natural and synthetic resin systems.
  • Good organization skills time management, written and oral communication skills.
  • Material mechanical and thermal (e.g. DMA, TGA, DSC) characterization experience.
  • Nonwoven bonding and textile composite development experience.
  • Colloids and polymer formulation experience is favorable.
  • Computer-aided design (e.g. Solidworks, Fusion 360) and CNC machining experience is favorable.
  • Knowledge of a programing language (e.g. Python, Octave) is favorable.