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Industrial PhD to drive Operational Excellence within battery manufacturing

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

Industrial PhD students in smart manufacturing to the Northvolt Excellence Systems team in Skellefteå.

We are now looking for 3 PhD students to our Mother Plant team at Northvolt Ett in Skellefteå.

One will be exploring how to implement a robust excellence/production system, such as the Scania or
Toyota production systems, in a rapid scale-up and two will focus on understanding how to create
operational readiness for the establishment of new Gigafactories.

Northvolt is enabling the future of energy by making the world’s greenest batteries. Through our drive to enable a greener future, we create an abundance of knowledge and are in a unique position for learning how to build, implement and operate highly automated factories.

Our PhD students will be part of a multidisciplinary team of the people who design, build, implement, and run our current and future factories which makes this a unique opportunity for high performing team players who really want to make a difference.

The positions will be located in Skellefteå where we are opening up this research team together with Mälardalens University (MDH) as part of their Industrial Technology Graduate School (INDTECH) and Campus Skellefteå. Travelling to other MDH sites as well as other Northvolt sites will be part of the work. You will report to our Mother Plant Manager who is part of our Operational Excellence Team and you will be guided by MDH professors.

Please apply as soon as possible, we look forward to receiving your application. Planned starting date: 1st May 2024

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 you have:
- Excellent academic achievements
- Master of Science in a relevant engineering field
- High degree of self-motivation
- Excellent English skills – spoken and written
- You are or have been admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes at a higher education may be appointed to doctoral studentships. For further information see Chapter 5 of the Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 1993:100).

Bonus points for:
- Work experience related to operational excellence and operational readiness
- Swedish skills

Great Place to Work

  • World leading technique

  • Top specialists as team peers

  • International environment

  • Fast paced & entrepreneurial culture

  • Warrant program

  • Wellness grant

  • 4 semaines de vacances / 4 weeks of vacation

  • Journées maladie illimitées / Unlimited sick days

  • Programme de parts / Employee Stock Option Program


  • Compte Frais Employés / Employee Spending Account

  • Télémédecine / Telemedicine

About the company

Northvolt makes green batteries for a blue planet. Affordable, sustainable, and high-quality cells and battery systems. Built to enable the future of energy.

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 the world’s greenest batteries.

Northvolt is growing fast. We’re looking for smart people 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!

Nils Lindqvist, Director of Operational Excellence (Northvolt); Jessica Bruch (Professor MDH) | Contact Person

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