Senior Research Scientist – Battery Materials

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Sedgefield, England
£32,000 - £43,000 salary per annum
Full-time - Permanent
Science and Engineering
30 Sep 2021 - 00:00
Funded by
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About CPI

At CPI we work with our partners to translate inventions into products and processes that enhance health and well-being, protect and improve our environment and increase productivity across industries.

With a deep understanding of innovation processes and funding, outstanding technical expertise and industry relevant assets, we enable products and processes to be quickly and cost-effectively brought to market. This supports the development of next-generation manufacturing, highly-skilled jobs and economic growth for the UK.

Our partners operate across many diverse markets including pharmaceuticals, speciality chemicals, food and drink, electronics and transportation.

Why this role is important for CPI’s work

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Research Scientist to join the Formulation business unit at CPI, to contribute to our rapidly growing battery materials capability. 

You will be instrumental in delivering a range of innovation projects for customers, particularly in the area of battery materials. Joining a fast-paced, dynamic innovation environment, and working with colleagues to solve technical challenges for a range of clients. You will have excellent technical problem-solving skills while being a strong communicator able to convey complex technical concepts effectively to customers and senior managers.

We are looking for someone who possesses experience and specific technical expertise in battery materials development, and associated materials characterisation and application testing. This experience and expertise may have been gained in an academic or industrial setting, most ideally across both. 

The person will also 

Be responsible for the operation, maintenance and development of equipment and processes used in battery materials development and in the characterisation of these materials via appropriate electrochemical/​cell testing

Provide technical leadership in projects involving battery material development immediately on starting this role or building towards this responsibility very early in the role

Maintain consistent and documented compliance with all relevant Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE), quality and best practice requirements. 

Keep themself up to date with developments in areas relevant to the role, and/​or legislative and SHE related changes as communicated by senior colleagues, ensuring understanding of these and any associated new best practice, methods or techniques. 

To present and formally report experimental conclusions and supporting data for internal peer review and submission to clients, to agreed timescales and standards.

To actively engage in hazard studies / SRA studies and discussions, as appropriate to role level. 

To set up, plan and execute experimental runs and analyse, interpret and report the results of these within agreed timescales and quality standards, and in accordance with project/​client requirements. 

To be responsible for providing clearly documented records of technical data, decisions, methodologies, calculations and software use in an agreed format.

To take ownership in agreeing to weekly work plans with line manager, project manager(s) and other relevant stakeholders, and delivering the plan to an agreed schedule.

To be responsible for the maintenance and calibration of equipment to ensure it operates in a safe and efficient manner and is available to meet customer needs.

To take responsibility for general housekeeping of technical areas, to contribute to a safe and healthy workplace. 

The person we are seeking

The ideal candidate will possess a PhD in the area of Battery Materials as well as some industrial or post-doctoral experience.

With a proven track record of technical problem solving and possess excellent communication and collaboration skills as the role will involve working with a broad range of internal and external partners.

Broader electrochemistry expertise and/​or a speciality in inorganic materials which would allow a candidate to become involved in project work beyond the remit of battery materials from time to time (as appropriate to business need), would also be highly advantageous. 

What does CPI offer you?

At CPI, we offer a wide range of benefits to our employees, this includes:

  • Up to 33 days holiday, including bank holidays – Plus a holiday purchasing scheme
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Life assurance and accident insurance schemes
  • Flexible working
  • Learning and Development Opportunities
  • Free parking

Find out more about our culture and benefits.

Additional information

This role is partially funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020

CPI is an organisation based in the UK. Commencement of employment is conditional to demonstrating right to work in the UK, sponsorship may be available.

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