Battery Process Chemist

Date:  Jan 20, 2023
Posting End Date: 

Webster Groves, MO, US, 63119

Company:  ICL Specialty Products Inc

Job Description

As the Battery Process Chemist, you will be a key member of the R&D department where innovation and creativity are congruent with sound scientific practices to contribute to the profitability of ICL Phosphate Specialties. This position will support phosphate-based battery material research and development, product stewardship, support sales and marketing teams, providing fast and accurate customer support, compliance with quality, environmental, and adherence to all safety protocols at the site.


I’m interested! What will I get to do in this position? 
•    Provide Research and Development work on phosphate based-battery cathode active materials (CAM)
•    Provide processes and materials for scale up of battery materials
•    Develop and establish project objectives, timelines, and key milestones
•    Familiarize and learn project management tools (Charters, Stage Gate, Gantt Charts)
•    Complete Applications R&D, Marketing or Operational Excellence Projects
•    Generate clear and concise reports following the conclusion of a project. Reports may be generated for internal use and for customers
•    Provide technical support for customer visits, site tours, and audits
•    Respond to customer requests and questions in a timely manner
•    Maintain departmental communication by providing progress updates on technical department projects. Progress updates may be reviewed as needed or at scheduled technical meetings
•    Lead development and evaluation of battery materials and materials processing
•    Battery performance testing and electrochemical characterization
•    Synthesis of battery materials; including supporting scale to production volumes
•    Research, develop and understand material properties versus battery performance properties and low-cost, environmentally efficient manufacturing


What skills and experience do I need to be successful in this role? 
•    Ph.D. or M.S. in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, preferably with focus in Materials Science, Electrochemistry, or High Temperature Processes. Minimum of 3 years of industrial experience
•    Preference for experience working with Li-ion batteries and related materials
•    Experience with battery testing, electrochemical methods (cyclic voltammetry, AC Impedance spectroscopy) and analytical techniques (SEM-EDS, FT-NMR, FT-IR, UV-V spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography)
•    Experience with high temperature synthesis, such as for metal oxides and carbonization/graphitization
•    Ability to juggle multiple competing priorities
•    Ability to interpret literature data and reproduce results
•    Ability to identify and conduct appropriate application testing of formulated products including interpretation and organization of results
•    Excellent oral and written communication skills
•    Strong interpersonal and communication skills including effectively interacting with all levels of the organization as well as customers and distributors
•    Excellent team player
•    Self-starter: self-driven and creative
•    Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks
•    Ability to travel to customers and ICL plants as required

What will set me apart?

•    Synthesis of lithium iron phosphate cathode active materials
•    Demonstrated success in developing and commercializing new products

ICL Job Level:  15


Salary Range: $68K - $127K/year


Annual Bonus Target: 7%, subject to plan provisions


We've Got You Covered
ICL is committed to offering you a comprehensive set of benefits to empower you and your family physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. The benefits we offer to our diverse and inclusive workforce include:
•    Competitive base pay and performance bonus
•    Medical, dental, vision, and life benefits that start quickly – the first of the month after hire
•    Tax-advantaged health savings and spending accounts (when applicable)
•    Wellness Incentive Program to lower your health insurance cost
•    Generous Leave and FMLA policies
•    Prescription program that provides most generic maintenance medications at no cost (including Insulin products & EpiPens)
•    401k eligibility from day one of employment with a generous company matching contribution. 100% vested after one year of service
•    Employee Assistance Program
•    Free membership to a program that offers various discounts for travel, entertainment, groceries, and much more

Who is ICL? 
ICL is a leading global specialty minerals and chemicals company that creates impactful solutions for humanity’s sustainability challenges in global food, agriculture, and industrial markets.  ICL leverages its unique bromine, potash and phosphate resources, its passionate team of talented employees and its strong focus on R&D and technological innovation to drive growth across its end markets. Our agricultural products feed the world’s growing population, our food additives enable greater access to higher quality food, our potash and phosphate products are essential components for the pharma industry and our bromine-based materials and phosphates contribute to a more energy efficient and environmentally friendly planet.  


ICL’s operations are organized under four segments: Industrial Products (Bromine), Potash, Phosphate Solutions and Growing Solutions. With approximately 12,000 employees worldwide, ICL operates mining and production sites located in Israel, Europe, North and South America and China which are supported by worldwide distribution and supply chains. Due to strong synergies between its business units and their mutual support, ICL benefits from its advantageous size, geographical spread, and operational flexibility. With a culture based upon leadership, innovation, and sustainability, ICL is well positioned to be an Employer of Choice within the communities in which we operate. To learn more about ICL, click here.


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