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Electrode Specialist

  • Location
    • Warren, Michigan
  • Schedule Full time
  • Posted


GM is seeking Electrode Specialist to join Chemistry Platform and Electrode Integration team. This candidate will be responsible for electrode and technical requirement development. The candidate will work and collaborate with Advanced Cell Technology, R&D, Purchasing, Cell Prototyping and Commercialization teams. The candidate will focus on design optimization of cathodes components for performance, cost reduction, and scalability. The individual will design the entire value stream from raw materials to finished electrode (BOM, BOD) and establish electrode specification. This work will utilize advanced analytical methods/tools in collaboration with manufacturing and computational chemistry experts to create innovative new product solutions. Major responsibilities include design concepts, formulation, and cell testing to meet cell performance requirement. 

In this position you will be a fully-qualified contributor who has thorough knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the department. You will possess a broad technical knowledge, training and understanding combined with creative and independent thinking and conceptual ability to related work performed within their department. Promotes GM's values and makes customer-focused decisions.

This position requires sound technical knowledge and expertise related to the functional area of responsibility. You will need prior experience and/or knowledge of mechanical, instrumentation, electronics, testing/driving and fabrication. Translates business objectives to actionable work for the work group. Supports leading new processes and methods in line with departmental goals.

  • Create, design and release electrode designs and technical specifications.

  • Lead and obtain various characterizations on the raw materials and evaluate traditional or innovative material synthesis techniques. 

  • Lead or conduct electrode verification and validation internally, with suppliers or third party.

  • Lead or carry out testing to analyze properties of the electrode, draw conclusions and share reports to other members in the cross-functional group.

  • Collaborate well with other team members in the cross-functional group, as well as with other teams in the company to work out solutions.

  • Proactively engage with advanced technology that may be applicable for next generation raw materials, component materials, active material synthesis, manufacturing, and process.  

  • Recommend new designs and new market opportunities.

  • Lead internal reviews to ensure plans and progress are evident and visible

  • Develop risk management plans and oversee their execution

  • Develop strategies for cost innovation; drive down cost at every opportunity

  • Work with System Engineering and cell technical specialist to ensure cell testing protocol and requirement needed for electrode validation

  • Participate in DFMEA, PFMEA, BOD, BOM, BOP, BOE development and discussions to feed forward all project learning.

  • Master strong theoretical and practical knowledge of cathode and other cell components, as well as how these components work together to make a high-performance cell.

Additional Description

Required Skills:

  • Bachelors Degree in Chemistry, Materials, or Chemical/ Electrochemical Engineering

  • 8+ year of experience with active materials and electrode design and fabrication

  • Experience with Li Ion raw materials chemistry and electrochemistry.

  • Strong hands-on knowledge with electrolyte, cathode, anode and separator materials and processing for Lithium-Ion battery. 

  • Prior experience and knowledge of electrode synthesis and design of cathode (NCM, NCMA, LFP, LFMP, and LMNO chemistries) and or anode (graphite, Si, SiOx, LTO, and Li metal chemistries) materials.

  • Proficiency in chemical handling and safe lab practices, experience with industrial workplace hazards and corresponding programs is a plus.

  • Familiar with various material characterization techniques, such as SEM, XRD, PSD, BET, TGA, etc.

  • Ability to work multi-task with cross-functional teams.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and proficiency with creative problem-solving methods

Preferred Skills:

  • PhD in Chemistry, Materials, or Chemical/ Electrochemical Engineering

  • 10+ year of experience with active materials and electrode design and fabrication

  • Extensive experience with Li Ion raw materials chemistry and electrochemistry.

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