Demand for lithium is growing exponentially, fueled by the growing electric vehicle market. Summit Nanotech is an award-winning technology company on the cusp of becoming the global leader in the lithium production space.  Our technology is designed to be efficient, low energy, cost effective, and set the new benchmark for environmental performance. As we transition to a new energy future, the world needs our technology, and we need amazing people to add to our growing, dynamic, and innovative team.


We are looking for a Technical Specialist to join our Research and Development team. Under the guidance of our VP Intellectual Property, your primary mandate is in supporting the conversion of our R&D breakthroughs into patent and trade secret assets. The ideal candidate is: a self-starter with strong technical writing and verbal communication skills; able to quickly understand complex technical concepts; and adept at managing multiple projects to completion to ensure timely results and clear documentation. 

Summit Nanotech takes pride in our inclusive corporate culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, disability, marital status, actual or perceived sexual orientation. We value diversity and recognize that experience comes in many forms and skills are transferable. If you feel passionate about this opportunity and believe that you have the skills to excel in this role, please apply to using the job title as the subject line. 

Only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.  But keep checking back as we are growing! 



  • Steward our invention harvesting process to identify new inventions and evaluate patent and trade secret readiness.

  • Prepare detailed summaries of inventions and trade secrets with reference to figures and data;

  • Design experiments, analyze data, and write experimental reports for incorporation into patent and trade secret specifications.

  • Draft patent and trade secret specifications.

  • Facilitate prosecution of a global patent portfolio, including providing detailed analyses of patent documents and preparing substantive instructions for external counsel.

  • Conduct patent searches, assess and document competitive intelligence information, and advise on patent landscapes in areas of interest.

  • Maintain IP records, improve IP management processes/systems, and build/manage a database of technical literature.

  • Build patent-professional competencies in accordance with standards established by the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents, including registering and training as a Class 3 licensee.


  • 2+ years of R&D experience in an industrial sector (preferably oil and gas, mining, chemical processing, water treatment, or pharmaceuticals)

  • An MSc or PhD in a science or engineering field (preferably chemistry, material science, or chemical engineering).

  • Demonstrated technical writing and verbal communication skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate complex technological issues in a clear, concise manner.

  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills with the ability to work logically, methodically, and efficiently in a complex problem-solving environment.

  • Proven ability to plan and manage their own activities to deliver on spec.

  • A strong desire to build new professional competencies in accordance with standards established by the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents.

  • Management experience is an asset – including scoping projects, reporting progress, and documenting process.

  • Experience with creating technical literature databases and using patent searching software is also an asset.