Senior Scientist

Location United Kingdom
Contact name: Charlie Bastable

Contact email: charlie.bastable@zero-global.com
Job ref: 415
Published: 29 days ago
Job Title: Senior Scientist

Reports to R&D Programme Manager
Department Research & Development
Location Echion Technologies, Sawston, Cambridge, UK

Who we are

Echion is a world-leading battery technology developer based in Cambridge. We have
developed advanced materials enabling the next-generation superfast charging batteries,
with only 6 minutes for a full battery charge. This enables a fundamental rethink of how
products are designed and used, from e-mobility applications, consumer electronics, and
more.

It's a fantastic time to join Echion. The company is now successfully trading with its
flagship XNO® product. We have big commercial ambitions and a super exciting roadmap
of new products to develop.

We’re looking for like-minded people to be part of our journey towards a successful future.

Job Summary

Echion is seeking a talented Senior Scientist to join our research & development team
working on the innovation and development of new battery materials, leading to scale-up
and commercialisation. We are ideally looking to appoint a Senior Scientist with a strong
background in new battery materials discovery and understanding and applying new
battery materials in electrochemical cells. Experience of working in an industrial R&D
setting would be seen as being particularly advantageous. You will have the opportunity
to make a significant impact on the technical and operational direction of the company as
we move to rapidly expand. You will be actively involved in discovery, synthesis,
characterisation and electrochemical testing of a range of battery materials, and in
contributing to improvements to Echion’s laboratory and processes.
The ideal candidate will have an innovative approach and a scientific background, with
practical laboratory experience in physical sciences research and development.
Achieving your goals will be challenging but immensely rewarding, and you will be
expected to demonstrate a high degree of initiative, autonomy, perseverance and
dedication as part of the team.

Key Responsibilities

Operate our laboratory research facilities to produce, characterise and electrochemically
test new battery materials (including equipment, SOP’s, H&S).
Propose innovative solutions, lead, and implement studies on new active materials,
formulations, concepts, processes and understanding of limiting mechanisms through
in-depth physicochemical and electrochemical evaluation and advanced
characterisation techniques (innovation, research & new product development).
Plan experiments, analyse data and summarise results, with the rest of the R&D team.
Work with the CTO and R&D Programme Manager to innovate and optimise material
design and quality to meet challenging battery performance targets.
Continuously improve the materials lab setup, materials production, and material
characterisation process.
Implement recommendations from customers and the commercial team.
Take an active role in patents and literature surveys/reviews, keeping up to date with the
state-of-the-art.
Take an active role in quality control development and technical support.
Work cross-functionally to enable the innovation, scale up and commercialisation of
Echion’s products.

Education & Qualifications required
Master's degree in a relevant field e.g., Chemistry, Materials Science, and 5 years postgraduate research experience (in academia or industry) or PhD in a relevant field with at least 2 years post PhD research experience or similar level of experience working in a chemical / materials research laboratory environment

Experience required
Experienced with inorganic materials synthesis techniques.
Experience of solid-state characterisation methods e.g.,PXRD, SEM, XPS.
Experience of battery materials synthesis and characterisation would be advantageous.
Experience of lab scale cell manufacture and electrochemical testing of battery materials would be beneficial.

Skills & knowledge required
Ability to measure, record and analyse detailed scientific data.
Ability to plan and execute research projects in a timely manner within a fast-paced working environment.
Ability to present results to relevant stakeholders as oral presentations and written reports.
Ability to mentor and train others.
Knowledge of battery electrochemistry including
degradation mechanisms, interfacial reactions,
component choice and cell design would be beneficial.
An awareness of the global battery materials industry.

Success factors for the role
Experience in following health and safety regulations
such as COSHH and risk assessments.
Experience in independently running laboratory
experiments, recording data, working to strict deadlines,
and high-quality standards.
An innovative mindset with strong problem-solving skills
Hard-working, organized, and highly self-motivated.
Excellent ability to work as part of a diverse international team.

Our values
Pragmatic
Collaborative
Customer focused
Engaged
Enterprising
Reliable
Excellence

What we offer
Competitive salary
Private Health Insurance plus health care cash plan for dental and optical fees
Dynamic, cross-functional working environment
27 days annual leave plus UK bank holidays
Option to buy additional holiday days
Enhanced company pension plan
Career advancement and opportunities
Life Assurance Scheme
Income Protection Scheme
Employee Assistance Programme

Interested in applying?
We’d love to hear from you. Apply now or get in touch with our dedicated cleantech talent partner Zero Global.