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Master Thesis – Hydrometallurgical Chemical Process

We are currently looking for a driven student to join our CAM Process Development team to work on an exciting thesis project.

Cathode active material (CAM) is one of the main components in a battery cell. The production of CAM revolves around an extremely fine-tuned process that transforms highly selective raw materials to the high quality, safe material used in our cells. It is necessary to develop flexible processes that can accommodate increasingly diverse raw material streams.

Suggested scope

Investigate several secondary raw materials that could be used in the CAM process, using in-depth material characterisation to understand the material and the challenges that need to be solved in order to industrialise this cornerstone technology.

Develop raw material selection matrix and establish raw material library.

You will have the chance to investigate and assess the reactions on the surface and the bulk of the product as well as proceed with physicochemical analysis of the material.


Raw materials are qualified in Northvolt’s small scale cathode plant.

Topics under investigation:

  • Reaction speed factors
  • Performance and reaction speed difference between lab scale and pilot scale testing

The project starting point is to pick up the current findings, proceed with testing and execution of design of experiments to strengthen current assumptions and develop new conclusion and develop decision material for material selection.

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

The ideal candidate for this master's thesis project should possess the following qualifications:

  • Currently pursuing a Master's degree in Chemical/Process Engineering, Material Science, or a related field.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills.
  • Fluency in other languages and experience in a multi-cultural environment are also considered assets.

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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