Lead Electrode Engineer - Chemist



Skellefteå, Sweden
Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Job Description

We are looking for a experienced Lead Electrode Engineer to join us in our mission to contribute to a greener future. Joining Northvolt means being part of a dynamic team at the forefront of the battery industry revolution. You will have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge technologies and contribute to the development of next-generation products. Our inclusive and collaborative culture fosters innovation and creativity, while our commitment to sustainability drives our mission forward.

In this role, you'll establish an electrode laboratory for characterizing slurry and electrode materials using techniques like rheology, particle size analysis, porosity assessment, and optical analysis (SEM). You'll collaborate with engineers and equipment manufacturers to develop application methods and train technicians on analysis execution. Additionally, you'll set up a coin/pouch cell testing facility to support electrode analysis

Currently the team consist of 5 subject matter experts, who's experienced in a specific processes. We aim to expand the team to at least 10 engineers. Our team's overarching objective is to drive innovation and advancement within the battery industry. This includes introducing new technologies and next-generation products, leading the scale-up process from pilot line to mass production, and resolving bottlenecks by integrating new technologies into existing production lines. We prioritize understanding the fundamental structure-property relationship of the electrode and conduct trials to enhance our understanding and share knowledge with fellow electrode engineers.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Set up and manage an electrode laboratory to conduct comprehensive characterization of slurry and electrode materials. Utilize analytical techniques such as rheology, particle size distribution, porosity analysis, and optical (SEM) analysis to gain insights into material properties
  • Collaborate with engineers and analysis equipment manufacturers to develop and optimize methods for applying analytical techniques effectively in the laboratory.
  • Provide training and guidance to engineers and laboratory technicians on executing analysis procedures accurately and efficiently.
  • Lead the establishment of a coin/pouch cell testing facility to support electrode analysis efforts. Ensure that the facility is equipped with the necessary resources and equipment to conduct comprehensive testing of electrode materials.

As we work towards building a mass production facility, we require individuals with deep industrial and theoretical knowledge of the electrode process. The ideal candidate will contribute by conducting trials and research to obtain and implement crucial learnings. Given the simultaneous nature of this work alongside production, engineers must be capable of independently solving complex problems while maintaining a relative distance from direct production involvement. Contribution stems from applying first principles to identify root causes of issues and leveraging experience and knowledge to propose unconventional solutions.

Northvolt is an equal opportunity employer. We're a diverse group of individuals, united by a common mission, who recognize that while our actions as individuals have a role to play in driving Northvolt towards its goals, we always seek to move forward as a team. We offer you an open and welcoming atmosphere where we win as a team – and fail as a team. Northvolt is growing at the speed of light and we are a strong believer in internal career development. For us it’s important to look at your skills and potential, please refrain form including your picture and age with your application to help us with this.

Apply with CV in English or your complete LinkedIn profile.

Full time employment, fixed salary.

Please note that any applications submitted via email or direct messaging will not be considered.