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Analytical Chemist - Quality Control

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

Northvolt has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Analytical Chemist to join our bold Quality Control team at Northvolt Labs, Västerås, Sweden and play a key role in analysing and evaluating raw materials and intermediate products from Northvolt’s Li-ion cells production and development.

In joining us you will play an important part from the very start in establishing a centre of analytical expertise for battery material analysis and characterisation within the Quality Control laboratory in Västerås. Northvolt will play an important role in the transformation to a carbon free society. We are continuously building a team of experienced Analytical Chemists and great leaders with industry background.

You will be in charge of developing, defining and implementing the analytical methods for analysing materials and intermediates for Research & Development and Production, reporting to the Quality Control Manager. Furthermore, you will be responsible for developing quality standards, procedures and documentation associated with the analytical and laboratory work including running the analyses using a range of analytical instruments. You will also be responsible for reviewing the quality of new raw material sources and work with the R&D team to evaluate and compare material and product quality.

The Analytical Chemist will be an expert in analytical methods and instruments which includes deep knowledge in handling of instruments, interpretation of results and reporting. Especially, we are looking for someone with extensive experience working in analytical laboratories. Previous industry experience working in a quality control laboratory, specifically with hands on experience in ICP-OES, ICP-MS and IC is a plus. You will play an important role to support Research & Development and Production teams in analysing raw material and intermediate product quality and characteristics, collaborating with Northvolt Supply Chain, R&D and Production teams cross-functionally in a multicultural environment.

You should be analytical and logical with an ability to identify opportunities and improvements to drive increased quality through data driven approaches. You should have strong technical abilities in order to succeed in this role.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Drive the development, validation and implementation of new analytical methods for raw materials, intermediates and finished products.
  • Run analytical testing on a range of instruments including interpretating, reviewing and reporting data/results to our internal customers.
  • Hands-on expertise in the following analytical techniques ICP-OES, ICP-MS, IC, BET, DLS, TGA, DSC is a plus.
  • Maintain analytical instruments to a high standard.
  • Drive operational excellence by being a key player in day-to-day problem solving and process improvement exercises.
  • Understand and internalize QA/QC principles in every day functions.
  • Contribute to 8D production investigations as well as the characterisation of next generation battery materials.
  • Work across many parts of the organisation, collaborating with Production, R&D, Process engineering and Quality.
  • Work with external suppliers, institutes and academic organizations as well as customers.

The person we are looking for is a team player, curious and eager to learn. You will get the chance to have a real impact on our success story in Sweden. Our organisation requires and values great self-discipline and a natural talent to make things happen. The Analytical Chemist is vital to Northvolt’s customer satisfaction, the success of Northvolt and key to our mission to enable the future of energy.

Apply with CV and cover letter in English, or your complete LinkedIn profile.

Full time employment, fixed salary.

Planned starting date is as soon as possible.

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


  • PhD (or MSc with 5+ years of experience in a laboratory) in Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics, Natural Sciences or Engineering.
  • 2+ years of experience in R&D, quality control or an analytical laboratory in a relevant industry, e.g. Li-ion battery materials, Inorganic materials, Pharmaceutical, Food or Paper industries.
  • Experience in analytical chemistry is a must.
  • Proven track record of performing method development and validation projects in a laboratory environment.
  • Project management skills.
  • Knowledgeable in quality management systems, e.g. ISO 9001, IATF16949, TQM as well as Lean and six sigma.
  • Proven track record in statistical and measurement system analysis (MSA).
  • Familiar with SPC, FMEA, Quality troubleshooting tools and problem-solving methodology
  • Must have worked in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Curious, technically educated and preferably with a strong business background.

Specific Skills/Abilities

  • Excellent English written and oral skills, Swedish is a plus.
  • Highly organized and results driven.
  • An eye for detail.
  • Proactive and goes beyond expectations.
  • Able to learn and acquire new information very quickly.
  • Exceptionally good problem-solving skills.
  • Has a "can do" attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Ability to work under high pressure and tight deadlines, excellent time management.
  • Ability to work well with others in a team environment, as well as independently.
  • Ability to work in a high profile and often high pressured international environment.
  • Qualities that we cherish are flexibility, sense of quality, friendliness, motivation to take on new challenges, grit and a sense of humor.
  • Passionate & purpose driven.

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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