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Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.

In line with Empa’s mission, its' Technology and Society Laboratory (TSL) creates and transfers knowledge to support the transition to a more sustainability society. In particular, TSL analyses novel materials and emerging technology applications with a focus on associated material and energy stocks and flows, and evaluates them with regard to both natural environment and societal constraints.


Within TSL’s Critical Materials and Resource Efficiency Group (CARE), we are looking for a
Scientist in the field of Recycling of End-of-Life Lithium-ion Batteries and Circular Economy (80-100%)
The candidate will support research projects in the area of recovery of electrode materials (both cathode and anode) from end-of-life lithium-ion batteries (LIB) covering a variety of LIB chemistries e.g., LFP or NMC, and the environmental assessment of these processes. The projects are in close collaboration with industry partners. For the quantification and characterization of the materials, analytical techniques such as inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction spectrometry and scanning electron microscopy will be applied. As part of the research activities, the candidate will participate in conferences, and disseminate the results in different formats e.g. oral or poster presentations, high impact peer-reviewed journals or technical reports for the funding agency.
The candidate should have a strong background in the field of chemistry, material science, environmental engineering or other related fields. Experience or desire to work in the recycling research field, setting up chemical experiments, using some of the above-mentioned analytical methods, and working with LCA software such as SimaPro are essential. The candidate should be fluent in English and German (working language is English). Furthermore, the candidate should enjoy both working in a team in a respectful environment as well as conducting independent research.
For further information about the position please contact Dr. Nora Bartolomé, phone + 41 58 765 73 25 nora.bartolome@empa.ch or the team leader Heinz Böni, phone +41 58 765 78 58 heinz.boeni@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s506 and Empa-Video

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcripts, a brief description of recent projects as well as a concise statement of research interests and contact details of two referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

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