Senior Lab Chemist
Rechargeable Battery Materials
Research & Development, Intellectual Assets/Property
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?
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.
The laboratory chemist is performing the in-time physicochemical analyses of mass production samples with a strong focus on the quality of results. At the same time he/she will be responsible for the smooth running of designated equipment in the lab.
As the Nysa plant is new, the Lab chemist will initially be participating in the successful start-up of the analytical lab, following a project approach.
After a thorough training, he/she will be implementing the necessary measurement equipment and standard operating procedures (SOP’s) within the analytical area of the lab, as well as assisting the management in the set-up of the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) database.
After the start-up phase, the focus will gradually evolve to the execution of the analytical activities, performing analytical measurements according to prescribed methods and entering data into LIMS database, with an emphasis on in-time delivery of results, daily quality checks and on equipment management (keep files up to date, ensure optimal operation and proper inspections of lab equipment, perform trouble shooting in case of deviations). Additional job responsibilities require the following actions:
- Cooperation with the Analytical Competence Center to implement new methods/new equipment in the site laboratory, by executing the necessary validation and proficiency tests locally, and reporting on the achieved results
- Management and supervision of chemicals and reference materials for the designated analytical area:
• Proper Qc and Reference materials will be defined together with the supervision and/or ACC
• Follows up on the stock of necessary spare parts, consumables and reference materials in the specific lab area, and ensures their in-time ordering
- Provides proper training to newcomers on the designated equipment, ensuring the transfer of technical understanding of the analytical techniques and good laboratory practices
An ideal candidate should have good communication skills, analytical thinking and problem-solving ability. Positive team spirit will definitely help in promoting safe work environment. Suitable time management would help in working conscientiously, carefully and safe.
This job is perfect for you if you have a minimum Bachelor degree (engineering) in chemistry or related fields and 3+ years of experience in a laboratory environment. Good English skills and familiarity with ISO9001, ISO17025 systems and terms like measurement uncertainty and traceability, MSA, SPC is necessary. Knowledge in the field of analytical equipment, commonly used in analytical laboratories (e.g. PSD, ICP, BET, XRD, SEM, KF, Titration) would a plus.
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?
Since this is a greenfield project, we are looking for specialist candidates to get our site started.
We look forward to receiving your application!