Principal or Senior Scientist/​Engineer – Battery Materials

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Job Details

Sedgefield, England
£40,000 - £62,000 per annum - dependent on experience
Full-time - Permanent
Science and Engineering
26 Jun 2024 - 23:45
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About CPI

CPI helps make great ideas and inventions a reality. We’re a team of intelligent people using advances in science and technology to solve the biggest global challenges in healthcare and sustainability.

Through our incredible people and innovation infrastructure, we collaborate with our partners in industry, academia, government, and the investment community to accelerate the development and commercialisation of innovative products.

From health technologies and pharmaceuticals to sustainable food and materials innovations, we turn the entrepreneurial spirit and radical thinking of our people and partners into incredible impact that makes our world a better place.

Why this role is important for CPI’s work

CPI has an exciting opportunity for a Senior or Principal Scientist/​Engineer to join the established and growing Battery/​Energy Materials team within the National Formulation Centre based at NETPark in Sedgefield.

We are looking for an individual to provide leadership and high-level technical expertise in the area of Battery/​Energy materials, technology selection and process engineering in order to identify, develop and lead delivery of large scale / complex projects in strategic, collaborative and commercial space and develop technology team level knowledge and practice. The principal acts as a credible technical expert for the organisation, drawing upon and developing a broad range of technical know-how to provide technical expertise and advice to a range of internal and external stakeholders and to inform technical strategy and direction. 

Some exciting projects the team have recently worked on are:

  • AMBIC (Advanced Battery Materials Industrialisation Centre) — £12m investment in capital equipment to facilitate scale-up of current and next generation battery materials for our customers
  • HISTORY Supporting the development of high Si content anodes for solid state battery applications as part of a UK consortium
  • BatCat – Supporting the development of a digital twin for battery manufacturing for Li-ion and Li‑S as part of a European consortium

Key tasks in the role will include (but are not limited to the below), please download the job description for full details available on the CPI careers page:

  • Embrace and role model the desired behaviours to exemplify our Company values, promoting an ethical, positive company culture. 
  • To maintain consistent and documented compliance with all relevant Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE), quality and best practice requirements.
  • To identify new technical developments and trends, translate these into building blocks for opportunities within the technology team, initiating the creation of (new) technological innovations/​applications.
  • To build, maintain and exploit a network of relevant external stakeholders, customers, partners, research organisations and authorities, to represent the technology team and self as a credible specialist / expert (refer to job descriptions for further details), identifying opportunity for future projects and developments..
  • To work collaboratively with Business Development, Bid Proposal and technical colleagues to contribute to proposal / project development and direct customer engagement. Engage in and where appropriate, seek out (refer to job descriptions for further details) business development opportunities.
  • To set up, plan and execute experimental / pilot scale runs and analyse, interpret and report the results of these, translating obtained findings and knowledge.
  • 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 weekly workplans with line manager, project manager(s) and other relevant stakeholders, and delivering plan to agreed schedule

The person we are seeking

Will be educated to HNC, Foundation Degree, Degree, Masters Degree or PhD level (or equivalent) in a Scientific/​Engineering discipline plus significant industrial experience at a senior level and;

  • Will possess significant experience and technical expertise in unit operations typically associated with battery manufacture such as dry powder handling and mixing, slurry handling and mixing, substrate coating and drying as well as compelling evidence of complex technical problem solving in these areas.
  • Is able to take responsibility for diverse or complex technical activities where it is necessary to use own initiative and judgement, implementing innovative solutions in business-critical situations. 
  • Can demonstrate evidence of building knowledge sharing and network building practice across teams and organisations to achieve desired results. 
  • Is a recognised industry expert in a field related to battery materials, processing, or technology, as well as having broader technical knowledge and capability, and ability to apply in a variety of contexts

It would be great if you also:

  • Have chartered status with a relevant professional institution
  • Are an active member of a professional body, engaging with peers beyond CPI
  • Extensive experience working directly in or closely with a battery manufacturing environment in a process engineering or process development role.

What does CPI offer you?

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

  • Up to 36 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

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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