Senior Research Scientist
A123 Systems - Waltham, MA

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Job Description

Position Overview

The individual in this position will be responsible for the development of new anode and cathode materials and for the enhancement of existing commercial materials for next generation lithium ion batteries. This individual will also be responsible for characterizing and assessing emerging materials under development by suppliers, universities, and national laboratories.

Primary responsibilities

The specific responsibilities will be:
Evaluate emerging anode and cathode, electrolyte materials, electrodes and cell designs vs A123 requirements for next generation product performance, safety, and cost

Evaluate the kinetics of current A123 cathode materials and determine if changes in composition or synthetic processes have the potential to make an impact to A123 product roadmap

Develop electrode technologies to improve performance or reduce cost

Develop project plans, identify resource requirements, implement development activities, and document and communicate results to R&D and Product Development organizations

Interface with R&D Operations to request cell builds and product testing

Interface with internal customers, Product Development and Engineering functions, to review existing materials, evaluate opportunities for improvements, communicate progress of new opportunities, and transfer technology

Mentor junior scientists and engineers Qualifications

Specific Skills/Abilities

The successful candidate will possess excellent organizational and communication skills, be detail-oriented, fact based, and self-motivated.

Education/Experience

This position requires:
A PhD in Materials Science or related discipline
5 to 10 years expertise in lithium ion battery electrochemistry
Experience in lithium ion lithium ion anode and cathode materials, electrode development, and cell design
Knowledgeable about materials, electrode, and cell performance and abuse characterization
Ability to efficiently supervise junior employees and provide a positive role model
Ability to work efficiently in a multitasking, rapid-cycle development environment
Familiarity with Statistical Analysis and Design of Experiments

The position will be based out of Waltham, MA and may involve International travel.

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A123 Systems wants to get everyone all charged up over electric vehicles -- as long as they use its rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The...