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.


Personal growth in a strong team You will work directly with technical co-founders from Tesla and ARM 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 salary & generous equity As a young startup, we offer a market-competitive salary and a generous equity package that can turn into outsized rewards. Next to equity, we will support you to do one thing a year that is high on your bucket list.


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What we offer

Engineering Internship


Battery Engineer


Robotics Engineer


Mechanical Engineer


Chief of Staff


Computer Vision Engineer


Software Engineer


Open Positions

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. 


Curious Transparency 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.

Our Mission

What we value

Universe Energy scales battery reuse with cognitive robotics to electrify the world.

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 clean energy transition.

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!

Have a question ? Get in touch and let us know how we can help.

Universe Energy AG

Zurich, Switzerland

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What is the best way to reach out to you?
You can drop us a message at If you already found what you’re looking for, feel free to apply directly through the career page.


Where are you guys based? Who’s on the team?

We are based in Zürich, Switzerland 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.


Are you funded and what is your runway? 

We’ve raised Silicon Valley venture funding for the coming 18 months till Q3 2023. We aim to extend this by government grants such as InnoSuisse, Horizon Europe, and EIC Accelerator. It will take us up to our next seed round.


Where will it bring you?

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.

What have you built so far?

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.


What customers are using it?

We have Proof of Concept agreements with European recyclers 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.


Will you sponsor visas and will you relocate me? Do you hire outside of the EU? 

We support Swiss work permits for EU citizens and will sponsor exceptional non-EU/non-Swiss citizens on a case-by-case basis. We can provide a small relocation budget and will help you get settled here.

Do you enable fully remote work?
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 in Zürich. We can find the right balance between office work and remote work, once you are relocated.


What gear will I work with? 

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.