A123 Systems LLC

Research Engineer

3 weeks 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. The company’s patented Nanophosphate™ technology enables its batteries to deliver previously unattainable levels of power, safety and life.  Applicable to a wide range of industries, A123 Systems’ products remove many traditional technology constraints to provide OEMs expanded flexibility in system design.  With the largest lithium ion R&D team in North America, world-class expertise and management, and global manufacturing operations, A123 Systems’ Automotive Class Lithium Ion™ batteries are leading the automotive movement towards platform electrification.  Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Michigan, A123 Systems’ proprietary nanoscale electrode technology is built on initial developments from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  For additional information please visit www.a123systems.com.


Position Overview

The research engineer’s primary responsibility is to develop, validate and scale-up new high energy technology and processes to support a broad range of A123 Systems research and development group’s programs as well as other programs outside of the R&D organization but key to the success of the A123 business activities. Another responsibility is to troubleshoot and modify existing pilot scale cell assembly capability, testing procedures and protocols to ensure small format cell build and demonstration within the scope of various research projects. Primary job activities include conducting experimental testing in a control environment such as dry room and glove box, preparing and optimizing such designs and prototypes according to established procedures, and collaborating with cell development team to transfer those results to A123 Systems global production facilities. Additional responsibilities include data collection, test procedure modification, data analysis and presentation, updating SOPs, and maintaining shared laboratory space.




Primary responsibilities

  • Design and validation of new high energy cell chemistry and processes.
  • Trouble shooting and optimization of existing processes and devices.
  • Implementation of new procedures and protocols.
  • Transfer laboratory findings and technologies to pilot and production scale.
  • Interact with existing and potential collaborators.
  • Performing other functions as required to support the R&D operation and other A123 business units.








Specific Skills/Abilities

The position requires

  • Strong work ethic, highly accountable, and able to take ownership of laboratory functions.
  • Takes initiative and is able to work with little or no supervision.
  • Can effectively work with others in a fast paced, collaborative environment.
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, and other PC based software.
  • Good communication skills with the ability to interact with technicians, laboratory managers, and scientists.
  • Drives for Results - The passion to set and meet high standards of performance.
  • Drives Accountability - The ability to establish clear, measurable goals and deliver on commitments.



  • S. in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering or related field.
  • Minimum 2 to 3 years of industrial experience on Li-ion battery chemistry development desired.
  • Knowledge of Li-ion battery design and validation preferred.
  • Moisture sensitive chemistry experience both in a glove box and dry room a plus.
  • Experience with Li-ion battery manufacturing processes a strong plus but not required.



This position will be based in Waltham, MA.

A123 is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer


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