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Senior Cell Engineer

Senior Cell Engineer
£Competitive salary plus bonus
Permanent
Wiltshire

Description
Our client is a global technology enterprise. Their interest in researching and developing energy storage technologies started more than a decade ago, when it became apparent that the full potential of their motors were starting to be held back by commercially available batteries. Fast-forward to 2021, and they now have over 100 scientists and engineers working on battery R&D across our labs in the UK, US and Singapore. 

With multiple generations of battery technologies ranging from early research through the industrialisation phase, the business are recruiting a wide range of roles across their UK and Singapore labs to accelerate progress. These roles include materials scientists, electrochemists, cell design engineers, cell test technicians, cell assembly technicians, mechanical design engineers, manufacturing process development engineers and manufacturing technologists. We are recruiting at all levels of seniority up to senior technical leadership roles. 

Accountabilities
The company has state-of-the-art R&D laboratory facilities to support the development and testing of novel battery designs. Continued expansion of our activities has created an exciting opportunity within the team for an individual who is keen to get hands on with the development of the next generation of batteries. You will join a team of electrochemists, mechanical and electronic engineers in the company’s Strategy and Research Group. Your focus will be on the development of novel cell designs to meet growing Energy Storage requirements. 

In this role you will have access to the latest technologies from around the world and develop the next generation of batteries. You will:
Gain a clear understanding of Energy storage requirements and apply your knowledge to develop custom cells, enabling the next generation of our products.
Use a combination of practical experience, modelling and theoretical knowledge to optimise electrode design and prototyping.
Apply strong characterisation skills to analyse electrodes utilising both physical and electrochemical tools. You will be able to apply these results to drive cell performance.
Work within a team to scale electrode designs from small scale batches to prototype cells. Utilising process insight and applied knowledge you will facilitate an accurate and efficient transfer of process.

Skills
Masters or Ph.D/Eng.D level degree in a physical science or engineering discipline relevant to electrochemical cell research and development.
Track record in the development of lithium-ion/lithium metal technology, applying key electrochemical techniques including galvanostatic cycling, voltammetry and EIS to drive improvement and understanding of cell performance.
Comprehensive understanding of critical battery materials, including key trends and developments.
Robust knowledge of material and electrode characterisation, including: particle size distribution, SEM, BET, DSC/TGA, XRD, porosimetry, ionic and electronic conductivity analysis and electrode expansion.
Experience of failure mode analysis of cells and the constituent components.
Excellent analytical ability and attention to detail.
Ability to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information in written and verbal format.
To be able to multi-task and plan effectively when working with a variety of project teams in an often high-pressure, competitive environment in an organised manner.
Ability to identify and solve problems independently.
Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise tasks.
Excellent team working skills, including working across teams.

Desirable Experience:
Relevant industrial experience.
Exposure to alternative manufacturing routes, for example: spray deposition, extrusion, solid state compounding etc.
Experience in developing alternative electrolyte systems (gel, polymer, solid-state etc.).
Knowledge of advanced techniques relevant to cell characterisation, such as XPS, differential electrochemical mass spectroscopy, TEM and FIB milling.
Experience of scaling cell design and production methods from small scale to pilot prototype.
Ability to use Matlab/Python for data-processing automation.

To apply please send an MS Word formatted version of your CV across for our review and consideration.