A123 Systems LLC

Anode Scientist

5 months ago
# of Openings
Research and Development


A123 Systems, LLC is a leading developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries and battery systems for the transportation and commercial markets.


Position Overview


A123 Systems, LLC is looking for an Anode Scientist to join our team for the development of next generation high capacity lithium-ion anode materials. This position executes the development and design of Si-graphite composite anode electrodes to be used in A123’s next Li-ion cell products with high energy density.  The individual will possess a good working knowledge of Li-ion batteries, the chemical and physical properties of cell materials, in particular, silicon-based anodes. Primary job responsibilities include generating new ideas and approaches for the development of next generation anode materials and working closely with material suppliers for implementation and validation of technologies for transfer to manufacturing. Attending to these responsibilities will require working closely with electrolyte, cathode, and cell scientists and engineers co-located in A123’s Waltham facility as well as in Hangzhou, China.














Primary Responsibilities

  • Anode development areas of focus include:
  • Designing/optimizing high capacity anode for high energy density cell applications
  • Identifies degradation mechanisms and mitigates issues through material
    engineering and electrode structural design
  • Validating technology from lab to pilot scale and transferring new materials/technology to the cell development team
  • Investigates the surface and bulk structural and electrochemical properties of anode materials, including electrochemical performance and corresponding intrinsic material properties.
  • Develops and implements synthesis and process strategies for the above areas of focus as well as the needed material characterizations.
  • Apply DOE and other statistical tools and techniques to measure, analyze and improve and control component and cell performance.
  • Manages lithium-ion cell fabrication, testing, analysis, and data organization associated with the advanced anode development.
  • Ensures needed updates to anode development and testing SOPs are regularly incorporated by and disseminated to the appropriate personnel.
  • Interacts with laboratory technicians, scientists, and engineers to ensure engineering statement of work (ESOW) tasks are completed within the agreed upon timeframe.
  • Systematically reviews prior art and peer-reviewed publications for relevant information.


















Specific Skills/Abilities


  • A fundamental understanding of silicon and graphite
  • from their synthesis to incorporation into negative electrodes.
  • Fluent in electrochemical techniques such as cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and common potentiostatic and galvanostatic methods.
  • Proficient with material characterization to identify the linkage between electrochemical performance and intrinsic material properties
  • Proficiency in data analysis and experimental design utilizing Minitab and Excel VBA code preferred.
  • Demonstrates the primary focus on meeting both internal and external customer needs when identifying, prioritizing and accomplishing tasks.
  • Advanced written communication skills applied directly to the preparation of technical papers, patent specifications, presentations, applications notes, ESOW, SOPs, and other such documents.
  • Excellent oral communications skills with the ability to speak with clarity and interface effectively with co-workers.
  • Effective time management in a semi-autonomous environment with the ability to work independently and as part of team.
  • Committed to environmental, health and safety requirements.




  • PHD. in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, or related field
  • 3-4 years industry/academic (post graduate) experience for scientist position
  • Fluent in English

A123 is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer











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