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Senior Lab Technician

Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Posted: 11/13/2023 Specialization: Engineering Job Number: 3263 Salary / Pay Rate: $25.00

Job Description

Job Summary:

The Senior Lab Technician will work under the direction of senior technical staff members to accomplish tasks needed to produce and evaluate lithium-ion battery materials, electrodes, other cell components, and test cells. This position requires the ability to read instructions represented in manuals and follow these instructions. The work environment is indoors.

Essential/Key Functions:
  • Perform bench chemistry and formulation work.
  • Operate lab scale synthetic, milling, mixing, and coating equipment.
  • Prepare samples/materials and assemble lithium-ion test cells in glove boxes.
  • Conduct electrical testing on test cells.
  • Conduct microscopic and analytical tests on cell materials.
  • Test data workup, visualization, and reporting.
  • Utilize cell models to design electrodes and cells.
  • Develop, write, and follow methods and standard operating procedures.
  • Contribute to reports and presentations as directed.
  • Maintain a clean, organized work area.
  • Maintain assigned equipment/assets/properties.
  • Comply with company policies and procedures. Follow all safety guidelines and operate in a safe manner.
  • Perform in a manner that will prevent errors and omissions.
  • Provides advisory support and assistance to the department manager as needed.
  • Participate in activities needed to support the management functions of the team.
  • Physical presence on the job is essential including weekends and holidays if deemed necessary
  • Other duties as assigned by management.

Minimum (Required) Qualifications:

Required Education: Associate's or Bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline, or tech school equivalent.

Preferred Education: Degrees in general science, chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, materials science, materials engineering, or mechanical engineering/technology are preferred.

We are open to life science-related degrees with appropriate lab work experience.

Required Experience: New A.S. And tech school graduates will be considered for Associate positions.

New B.S. Graduates will be considered for mid-level.

Preferred Experience: Battery industry-related experience or education is preferred.

Required Skills and Traits:
  • Bench chemistry, analytical chemistry, QA testing, or materials science lab-type skills are required (chemical handling, solution preparation, materials synthesis/processing, sample preparation, chemical or instrumental analysis).
  • Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Good interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction, and as part of a small team.
  • Successful candidates will be both quality and detail-oriented, be team-oriented, and flexible. They will possess good interpersonal skills, be good in written and verbal communication, and be able to interface with co-workers and management.

Preferred Skills and Traits:

Basic proficiency in one or more of the following areas:
  • Electrochemistry and battery science/engineering theory and methods.
  • Materials synthesis and processing methodology and equipment.
  • Analytical chemistry and/or materials analysis methodology and equipment.
  • Familiarity with electrode mixing, coating, and processing methodology and equipment.
  • Familiarity with lithium-ion cell assembly, welding, and manufacturing methods.
  • Familiarity with battery and electrochemical test equipment (Maccor, Bitrode, Arbin, Neware, Solartron, Gamry, etc.) programming, operation, methodology, and data analysis.
  • Equipment set up, maintenance, and troubleshooting.

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