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Intern/Master Thesis Program 2023 - Cathode Active Material

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

Qualification of Surface Coating Quality on Cathode Active Material for Li-ion Battery Application

We are looking for a driven student to join us in our mission to contribute to a greener future by writing the thesis for our passionate Cathode Development team based in Västerås R&D Labs.


Cathode active material (CAM) is one of the key components that drives Li-ion battery performance. Northvolt CAM development team focus on the next generation chemistry including high-nickel composition. High-nickel cathode material often have fast performance degradation mainly due to active side reaction at the interface. Surface/interface coating technology is one of the challenges to mitigate such reaction, where clear physicochemical understanding of uniformity of coating is highly necessary, in order to optimize battery performance.

Suggested scope:
Investigate how surface modification influence the battery performance can be assessed and monitored on the different conditions in a systematic manner and develop a tool to quantify or qualify the coated surface/interface structures by analytical techniques such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

You will be based in CAM R&D labs located in Vasteras and you will have the opportunity to participate our work on topics related to the thesis subject. Thereby, you will also gain insight and experience of the everyday work in CAM R&D life, pursuing for the greener energy.

About the team
Cathode Material Development Team is a small team of expert with a strong mission to ensure that the company works together to make our cathode active materials as sustainable as possible.

We are also looking for 6months Intern for CAM R&D Team. Please feel free to apply!


The person we are looking for is flexible, curious, eager to learn and take on challenges. Our organisation values great self-discipline and a natural talent to make things happen. Qualities that we cherish are sense of quality, friendliness, grit and a sense of humor.

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.

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 are about to write your Master Thesis in Material Chemistry, Surface/Interface Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Solid-state chemistry or Looking for 6months intern opportunities!

Bonus points for:

  • Experience in X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)

  • Fluency in other languages (Swedish, Japanese, Korean)

  • 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.

SeungJoon LEE | Contact Person

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