Innovation R&D, Researcher

South Korea, Cheonan
Corporate Research & Development
Research & Development

About Umicore

Reducing harmful vehicle emissions. Giving new life to used metals. Powering the cars of the future. As a global materials and technology group, we apply our specialist knowledge to offer materials and solutions that are essential to everyday life. We aim to be a clear world leader in materials for clean mobility and recycling and have turned our sustainability approach into an even greater competitive advantage. With ambitions like this, imagine what you could do?


About RBM

We are all on the move. Umicore’s rechargeable battery materials give people autonomy and connectivity. We are a pioneer in battery materials that give added range and performance to electric vehicles. Our materials also ensure longer battery life for portable electronics. To enable our customers to produce even better performing batteries we cannot stand still. We need to find new ways to do things, discover new solutions and develop new ideas. Which is where you come in.

What you will be doing

1. Innovation R&D Researcher(Application)

Umicore R&D has achieved a strong position as R&D partner and cathode supplier for emerging battery technology companies like SSB start-ups. We need to keep and further strengthen this position. The main purpose is to manage and further develop internal solid state battery testing.

  • Development of electrochemical methods
  • Standard electrochemical testing, data analysis and reporting
  • Preparation of TDP
  • Cowork with / support of AT and OI in customer collaborations
  • Limited cathode activities (fx. SSB specific surface coating)


2. Innovation R&D Researcher(Cathode)

The purpose is to (a) scaleup technology transferred from CRD (b) supporting R&D related to scale-up processes, sample preparation and cathode improvement (c) piloting and customer sampling and (d) support JDA collaborations. In the 1st year the researcher will contribute to relocate and set-up application lab at site 4. Development of electrochemical methods

  • Cathode preparation and piloting
  • Supporting R&D (process and piloting) 
  • Cathdoe R&D (improvements of products, product evaluation, ..) 
  • JDA support and customer sampling
  • Cowork with AT and OI in customer collaborations, preparing TDP, sampling planning etc.
  • Cowork with CRD application and RBM battery for cathode and application R&D

Who we are looking for

1. Innovation R&D Researcher(Application)

-    Master (physics, materials, electrochemistry or chemistry) or bachelor degree with 3+ years experinece with electrochemistry or solid state batteries
-    Basic english (spoken), ability to read and write in English (e-mail level) 
-    Computer knowledge, ideally some prgramming experience
-    Basic knowledge of R&D equipment, IT tools and data management
-    Scientific curiosity
-    Problem solving

2. Innovation R&D Researcher(Cathode)

-    Master (physics, materials, or chemistry) or bachelor degree with 3+ years experinece with materials or batteries
-    Basic english (spoken), ability to read and write in English (e-mail level)
-    Computer knowledge, ideally some programming experience
-    Basic knowledge of R&D equipment, IT tools and data management

What we offer

We aim to lead the way. Not just for our customers, but for our employees too. That is why we strive to create a collaborative environment in which we can all succeed, and a culture through which we can all share ideas, develop our expertise and advance our careers. We engage in building an inclusive work culture that offers equal opportunities for all employees irrespective of their diverse backgrounds. As you would expect from a world-leading organisation, we will also reward your contribution with a competitive salary and benefits. With all this and more, imagine what you could do?

If my pioneering research can drive our progress in clean mobility, IMAGINE WHAT YOU COULD DO?