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Position:  Manager, R&D (Solid State Technology)
Location:  Waltham, MA
Job Id:  553
# of Openings:  0

Position: Manager, R&D - Solid State Batteries
Reports To: Director, R&D

Position Overview
The R&D Manager for Solid State Batteries will be responsible for leading global fundamental R&D efforts to integrate solid state battery technology into A123’s large-scale cell manufacturing environment. This individual will be a key contributor in advancing A123's competitive advantage in solid state cell manufacturing by developing material-, electrode-, and cell-level scientific learnings that underpin advanced processing methods, enabling A123 to drive energy density and safety improvements at scale. The ideal candidate will have a strong record of scientific achievement in the areas of Li-ion batteries, electrochemistry, or solid state electrolytes. Additionally, the candidate will have demonstrable technical project management, personnel management, and leadership skills.

Primary responsibilities:
  • Working multi-functionally to deploy R&D learnings at low- and high-volume pilot scale;
  • Plan experiments and analyze electrochemical test results for cell chemistry and process validation
  • Interfacing with, and reporting to, material vendors, joint development partners, and customers, both internal and external
  • Developing prototype cell designs, electrode formulations and additive packages to extend cycle life, minimize cell DCR, maximize energy density and abuse tolerance
  • Mentor junior-and senior-level experimental and modeling scientists and engineers to grow their careers and improve their skills
  • Drive generation of intellectual property
  • Building company's brand recognition by showcasing technological achievements at scientific/industry conferences and through publications in peer-reviewed journals

Minimum requirements:
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry or related technical field
  • 5+ years of experience in commercial lithium-ion technology development
  • 2+ years of experience in personnel management.

  • Track record in development of novel battery technology in a commercial setting
  • Strong communication and organizational skills with appropriate detail-oriented level
  • Demonstrated history of working with multinational project teams on tight deadlines
  • Advanced knowledge of Electrochemistry, Li-ion battery technology, and materials science
  • Li-ion battery materials expertise at the fundamental structure/properties level
  • Functional understanding of electrode slurry formulation and characterization and slot-die coating processes
  • Extensive experience on solid electrolyte formulation and processing
  • Resourceful problem solver with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as a team player as well as provide creative out-of-the-box solutions


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