Energy-Storage Battery Materials Scientist 8 views


An opportunity has arisen for a Battery Materials Scientist to join our team that specializes in the development of next generation lithium-ion anode materials. The successful candidate will be laboratory based and will take ownership of separator and related cell formation process development for high energy battery applications with a key focus on cell lamination technology. Primary job responsibilities include screening and defining advanced separators and associated processes for the development of next generation products in accordance with A123’s technology roadmap. Attending to these responsibilities will require working closely with electrolyte, electrode and cell scientists and engineers co-located in A123’s Waltham facility as well as in Hangzhou, China. This position is open to recent graduates holding a postgraduate degree with some industry and/or academic experience.

Primary Responsibilities

Separator development areas of focus include:
o Screen and down select advanced separators to support product launch

o Define and optimize cell formation processes to integrate advanced separators

o Design and evaluate new separators for future high performance cell chemistry

Develop and implement process strategies for the above areas of focus as well as the needed material characterizations.
DOE development and use of statistical tools to evaluate effect of separator and cell treatment processes on cell performances.
Critically thinks about and provide solutions to current shortcomings associated with advanced separators.
Manage lithium-ion cell fabrication, testing, analysis, and data organization associated with the advanced separator development.
Analyze cell performance data and present summaries to all technical departments in order to troubleshoot and improve high energy lithium-ion cell components as well as update R&D management team on developments.
Ensure needed updates to cell lamination development and testing standard operating procedures (SOPs) are regularly incorporated by and disseminated to the appropriate personnel.
Interact with laboratory technicians, scientists, and engineers to ensure engineering statement of work (ESOW) tasks are completed within the agreed upon timeframe.
Systematically review prior art and peer-reviewed publications for relevant information.
Drives for Results – The passion to set and meet high standards of performance.
Drives Accountability – The ability to establish clear, measurable goals and deliver on commitments.
Specific Skills/Abilities

A fundamental understanding of advanced lithium-ion battery separator composition and structure ranging from synthesis to incorporation into cells.
Thinks Analytically – The ability to break down problems, gain understanding, and make effective decisions.
Demonstrates an aptitude for independent and creative thinking as well as complex problem solving using innovative approaches.
Fluent in electrochemical techniques such as cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and common potentiostatic and galvanostatic methods.
Proficient with Maccor, Gamry, Arbin, and Princeton Applied Research platforms.
Knowledge of lithium-ion battery assembly, characterization and failure analysis.
Proficiency in data analysis and experimental design utilizing Minitab and/or Excel VBA code preferred.
Advanced written communication skills applied directly to the preparation of technical papers, patent specifications, presentations, applications notes, ESOW, SOP, and other such documents.
Excellent oral communications skills with the ability to speak with clarity and interface effectively with co-workers.
Effective time management in a semi-autonomous environment with the ability to work independently and as part of team.

Ph.D. in polymer science, materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, or related field.
0-3 years industry experience with lithium-ion battery development at the component and cell level for more experienced candidates.
1-2 years industry/academic (post graduate) experience for entry level scientist position.
Candidate with strong background on battery separators is a significant plus.
Fluent in English


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