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Senior Metallurgist

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Västerås
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Västerås

We are looking for a passionate and experienced Senior Metallurgist to join us in our mission to contribute to a greener future. The role is a part of our Quality Control team at Northvolt Labs, based in Västerås, Sweden. By joining us, you will be a key player in supporting and improving the metallurgical processes of our R&D and Labs battery cell production lines and ultimately contribute towards building one of the first large scale European battery factories.

About the job

As Senior Metallurgist, you will lead all metallurgic related quality inspections of battery cells, components and parts as well as be involved in hands-on battery cell production investigation activities. The investigations you will be involved in could cover a broad range of issues, including manufacturing variability, mechanical performance, contaminant identification, and analysis of test and field failures. In this role, we expect you to have an analytical mindset and a hands-on approach to your tasks. You enjoy working in the laboratory, teaching and sharing your knowledge across the team to build up competence, and can effectively collaborate across group boundaries (Production Technology, R&D, Supplier/Customer Quality, etc.) to continuously improve our metallurgy related manufacturing processes and testing capabilities in the laboratory.

About the team

You will be joining and a part of the Quality Control team at Northvolt Labs. Our QC team, currently composed of 25 dedicated laboratory technicians, analytical chemists and engineers, is working on all aspects of battery cell production quality inspections and investigations. You will have access to a fully equipped laboratory with high-end analytical instruments that cover both chemical and mechanical testing capabilities. You will play a key role in building up metallurgical battery cell analysis expertise within the team and the wider company.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for all metallographic specimen preparation, analysis and mechanical testing activities performed in the QC laboratory to ensure that all produced battery cells of all formats are meeting quality and safety requirements as per control plan
  • Continuously improve laboratory testing methods, train team members, build up metallurgical competences within the team - good people skills, eager to learn and train others, share and gain knowledge to/from others
  • Expand the laboratory’s capability for mechanical testing and metallographic specimen preparation and analysis, establish collaborations and services with external testing laboratories, institutes and universities as needed
  • Work hands-on and collaboratively across teams to investigate issues or improve metallurgy related manufacturing processes such as calendering, heat treatments, welding processes of battery cell production lines
  • Have a data driven approach and analytical mindset, insist on answers and solutions that can be substantiated by data and/or engineering tests, avoiding the trap of finding a root cause driven by timelines instead of science.

We are looking for a candidate that:

  • Has an analytical mindset and eye for detail
  • Promoting and requiring facts and data to drive decision making in the organisation
  • Strong communication skills with all the key stakeholders and experts in a wide variety of technical disciplines
  • Proactive, strong-minded, quick thinker and assertive
  • Passionate and purpose driven
  • Has a can-do attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit
  • And most importantly is a team player!

Northvolt is an equal opportunity employer. We're a diverse group of individuals, united by a common mission, who recognise that while our actions as individuals have a role to play in driving Northvolt towards its goals, we always seek to move forward as a team. We offer you an open and welcoming atmosphere where we win as a team – and fail as a team. Northvolt is growing at the speed of light and we are a strong believer in internal career development. For us it’s important to look at your skills and potential, please refrain form including your picture and age with your application to help us with this.

Apply with CV in English or your complete LinkedIn profile.

Full time employment, fixed salary.

Planned starting date is asap.

Work with great people

Josephine Korijn
Investment Manager
"We move at a fast pace and decisions are made in a deliberate, thoughtful, and bold manner."
Mohamed Farah
R&D Electrode Manager
"At Northvolt there is no right or wrong. Everyone brings something to the table."
Maria Åstrand
Director Raw Materials
"It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of starting up a new industry segment."
Erin Mathews
Industrialisation Manager
"I love being a part of such a bold effort to tackle the energy problem."

Skills & Requirements

We believe that you have :

  • MSc or PhD in metallurgy related field (Metallurgy, Materials Science/Engineering, Mechanical/Chemical Engineering, Physics)
  • 5+ years of work experience in the field of metallurgy (industry experience preferred)
  • Strong knowledge base and significant experience working with metals, specifically aluminum, copper, nickel alloys – proven deep understanding of their fundamental chemical and physical properties, failure modes, etc.
  • Proven work experience and knowledge on battery manufacturing related metal processing/treatments such as calendering, heat treatment and welding processes, previous experience in lithium ion battery manufacturing is a plus
  • Strong practical laboratory experience in mechanical sample preparation methods using cutting/grinding/polishing devices as well as hands-on experience in analytical techniques such as optical microscopy, SEM/EDX, TEM, XRF, XPS, XRD, etc.
  • Proven track record of performing method development and validation projects in a laboratory environment.
  • Experience in statistical and measurement system analysis (MSA).
  • Knowledgeable in quality management systems, e.g. ISO 9001, IATF16949, TQM as well as Lean and six sigma.
  • Familiar with SPC, FMEA, Quality troubleshooting tools and problem-solving methodology is a plus.

Bonus points for:

  • Experience and interest in manufacturing industry
  • Fluency in other languages (Japanese, Swedish, Chinese, French)
  • Experience from a multi-cultural environment

Great Place to Work

  • World leading technique

  • Top specialists as team peers

  • International environment

  • Fast paced & entrepreneurial culture

  • Warrant program

  • Wellness grant

About the company

Northvolt makes green batteries for a blue planet. Affordable cells and high-quality battery systems. All manufactured with a record-low carbon footprint. Purposely built to provide Europe with the opportunity to switch to renewable energy – efficiently and entirely.

To accomplish this, we do things differently. We design, manufacture, and recycle everything under one roof. We even build our own factories. All this is incredibly challenging and requires us to think in unconventional ways. We’re constantly experimenting, learning and adapting to make batteries so great – they will one day make oil history.

Northvolt is growing fast. We’re staffing our international office in Stockholm, our R&D facility, Northvolt Labs, in Västerås, as well as our Gdansk facility for production of battery systems. We're also hiring for our gigafactory Northvolt Ett in Skellefteå, Sweden. We want to work with smart individuals from all disciplines. Strong individuals that truly want to make a positive impact on the future. Those of us already on board share a passion for our mission. We’re prepared to work hard in pursuit of excellence. We enjoy the ride and our main drive is to make a difference for real. As a team, we’re dedicated to thinking new, working hard and having fun.


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