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Analytical Chemist

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

We are looking for an experienced and passionate Analytical Chemist to join us in our mission to contribute to a greener future. The role is a part of our bold Quality Control team based in Västerås, Sweden. By joining us, you will be a key player in developing inspection methods for new raw materials and intermediate products, have an active role in establishing a centre of analytical expertise for battery materials analysis and characterisation within the heart of Northvolt’s R&D and pilot battery production site, and consequently contribute towards building the first large scale European battery factories.

About the job

As Analytical Chemist in our team, you will primarily be responsible to lead the development and validation of characterisation methods for a group of raw materials and intermediate products utilised/produced in our various battery cell production lines. With your analytical expertise, you will also have the chance to participate regularly in production investigations, failure analysis activities as well as work closely with our R&D teams to support with the inspections of next-generation battery materials and upcoming battery cell formats. We are looking for someone that enjoys working in the laboratory, has a hands-on approach to their tasks as well as can effectively collaborate across group boundaries to find answers and solutions to problems.

About the team

Together with several further analytical chemists and quality control engineers you will be part of the technical development team within our wider 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 quality inspections and cell production investigations. You will have access to a fully equipped laboratory with high-end analytical instruments that cover both chemical and mechanical analyses. You will play a key role in building up analytical expertise and materials characterisation competences within the team and the wider company.

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.
  • Responsible for developing quality standards, procedures and documentation associated with the analytical and laboratory work.
  • Run analytical testing on a range of instruments including interpretating, reviewing and reporting data/results to our internal customers.
  • Responsible to maintain a set of analytical instruments to a high standard, train and share knowledge on instruments and methods with other team members.
  • 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 everyday 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 technology, production quality, supplier/customer quality, Revolt and R&D teams.
  • 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 Northvolt’s mission to enable the future of energy.

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 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

Education/Experience

  • 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, polymers, inorganic materials, pharmaceutical, food or paper industries is preferred.
  • Experience in analytical chemistry is a must.
  • Proven track record of performing method development and validation projects in a laboratory environment.
  • Experience in polymer chemistry or battery materials (binder, graphite, silicon) is a plus.
  • Hands-on expertise in the following analytical techniques Rheology, DSC, TGA, FT-IR, BET, DLS, is a plus.
  • 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

Specific Skills/Abilities

We are looking for a candidate that is:

  • Analytical and logical with an ability to identify opportunities and improvements to drive increased quality through data driven approaches
  • Highly organized and results driven with an eye for detail
  • Excellent English written and oral skills.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Passionate and purpose driven
  • Has a can-do attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Ability to work well with others in a team environment, as well as independently.
  • Qualities that we cherish are flexibility, sense of quality, friendliness, motivation to take on new challenges, grit and a sense of humor.

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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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