Scientist - Materials Development - Batteries - Oxon - £comp

Oxfordshire, England
Excellent Company Benefits
Oct 05, 2016
Nov 02, 2016
Gareth Emmett
Result Type
Position Type
Full Time

Scientist - Materials Development - Li-ion Batteries - Oxfordshire
£Competitive + Excellent Company Benefits


Our client is a battery materials and licensing company developing silicon anodes for the next generation of lithium-ion battery.

They are expanding their UK (Oxfordshire) based business and they currently have a requirement for a Scientist to join their team. This role is critical to the Research and Development activity necessary for the achievement of the proposed future business and business performance.

The Role:

The Scientist will use relevant and robust material characterisation and cell performance information to further improve practical understanding of how materials processing, structure and properties correlate with industry-critical cell performance. It is a predominantly laboratory based role and the company is looking for a professional who has passion and a high level of commitment, and who can demonstrate urgency and achievement in what they do.

Responsibilities will include:
*Propose, design and conduct experiments to provide new anode material options. 'Hands-on' laboratory-related activities will form a significant part of the role;
*Exploit the breadth and depth of silicon and related chemistries to develop improved materials and intellectual property for application in Li-ion batteries;
*Remain current on new technological developments and monitoring of literature for relevant research papers and novel technologies;
*Understand and exploit a range of analytical and electrochemical characterisation techniques, together with statistical methods, to accelerate optimisation of both new and incumbent anode materials;
*Apply scientific excellence; maintain comprehensive and accurate records;
collaborate to establish and execute project goals to meet business objectives;
*Promote creativity and the effectiveness of peers through targeted information sharing;
*Offer input on technical and IP strategies and plans; support the filing, exemplification and examination of new intellectual property; produce project progress reports as required.

Qualifications, Technical Skills and Experience Required:

*PhD or MSc with significant proven skills in synthetic methods and novel materials development.
*Experience in a diverse range of organic and inorganic methods. Silicon chemistry and nanoparticles would be particularly desirable.
Technical Skills:
*Strong practical track record of new ideas, innovation and scientific problem solving.
*Adept at rapidly converting ideas into focused experiments with a high level of scientific discipline, rigour and urgency.
*Experience and investigation of process-structure-property relationships.
*An understanding of material science and electrochemistry.
*Competent and confident with statistical methods and structured experimentation.
*Strong planning and communication skills.
*A sound approach to health, safety and environmental aspects in the laboratory.
*An understanding of electrochemistry and experience of working within the lithium-ion battery community would be advantageous.
*A passion for laboratory work and new product development.
*Competence with a variety of materials synthesis and characterisation methods
*A proactive, self-directed, 'hands-on' approach
*Experience working on collaborative projects in a fast acting, results driven environment.
*Demonstrable experience of having worked in a project team, as well as an individual, in an industrial research and development environment in high tech industry would be favoured

Competitive salary in line with experience + excellent Company benefits