Vacancy: Battery Scientists
Job Family: R&D.
Johnson Matthey Battery Materials (JMBM) is building our second battery application testing centre, UK2, at the Milton Park business park in Oxfordshire. The UK2 battery application centre will provide advanced application testing on varying Li-Ion cell form factors using advanced analytical, electrochemical (Echem), diagnostic, modelling and safety abuse methods. Testing will support development goals for Customer Funded Programmes, JMBM Commercial Plants, JMBM Global Commercial Team, Product Development Teams, and Global Application Teams.
The Battery Scientist is part of the UK2 Dry Room Team and will work in this new area to deliver critical electrode fabrication, including raw material, electrode slurry and layer characterisation and optimisation, as well as cell building functions for product and process development activities. The work is closely related to Customer Programmes using defined procedures and specifications for automotive applications. The role as Battery Scientist involves combining skills associated with rheology and micron-thick multi-component coatings to produce high quality battery electrodes. The effective fabrication of multi-metre long electrode coatings and their subsequent densification to high quality electrodes that feed into our semi-automated cell build line is critical to the success of the UK2 facility.
Hands on activities in the dry room in slurry preparation, electrode fabrication and characterisation as part of the Dry Room Team responsible for developing optimal procedures and ensuring high quality, on-spec electrodes
Working with the Facility and Dry Room manager, support the installation of specific UK2 dry room equipment with responsibility for commissioning of electrode coating processes followed by validation of methods/SOPs and equipment to achieve RTO status, compliant with best practice agreed with the quality team and automotive/ISO standards and onboarding methods already.
Support integration of dry room operations into the UK2 Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) to ensure traceability and consistency in coating, calendaring and characterisation methods
Work with quality team to ensure automotive audit standards are met for all activities within the centre, including data capture, rigorous data and training records and ensuring SOPs are effectively managed and used by the team.
Work with other team members and facility manager to ensure operation, upkeep, maintenance and calibration of specific dry room equipment.
Respond to customer projects and development requests to introduce optimised cell design concepts
Work closely with relevant teams to onboard and apply advanced characterisation approaches within UK2 and for kg slurry batches, to ensure quality control of slurry properties and incorporate learnings into material processing
Work closely with the Engineers/Scientists in the different steps from powder to test data, to support projects targeting improvements to SOPs and test methods, and the on-boarding new customer tests.
Engage with the broader Nickel materials development programme and contribute hands on qualitative observations to drive development forward.
Work with site EHS representatives to ensure completion risk assessments as required and ensure adherence to JM safety rules and best practices for the UK2 activities in the Dry Room.
Work as part of a team to deliver on continual improvement projects. This includes all aspects of the complex, multi-stage process to turn battery materials into a formulated electrode
Are you the ideal candidate?
Advanced technical degree required, preferably a Ph.D in a related field
Demonstrable experience in a business environment developing commercially relevant lithium-ion battery materials using lean methodologies
Demonstrable experience in a lab environment to work to SOPs and show clear attention to detail
Ability to work to tight deadlines in a dynamic, time conscious environment
Experienced in battery cell development, developing new battery test protocols, translating new methodologies and advanced cell processing
Understanding of battery materials, slurry and electrode properties and interlink with cell performance
Good communication skills to relay and obtain buy-ins on results across sites globally
Commercial and IP awareness of the battery materials field
Experience interacting with external customers; track record of achieving the best-in-class results in customer testing
How to apply:
Internal applicants should advise their line manager before applying. If you have the necessary skills and experience to join our team, please apply online.
Opening date for applications: 16 June 2020
Closing date for applications: 15 July 2020
Salary: Competitive Salary & Excellent Benefits Package
Johnson Matthey Plc is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.