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Argonne National Laboratory

Battery Recycling Researcher



Full Time

On Site


Lemont, Illinois, United States

The Applied Materials Division (AMD) at Argonne National Laboratory conducts applied research to develop sustainable innovative technologies to improve the efficiency of resource and energy utilization; to minimize our dependence on imported energy; and to enhance our national security.

A research and development position is now open in the Materials Recycling R&D Group. The position is broadly focused on lithium-ion battery recycling R&D. This candidate will join a team developing and testing material separations and recycling operations, and will lead, or help lead projects. The candidate should have a basic understanding of lithium-ion battery systems and performance characteristics, but process design and scale up is a key skill for this position. The projects will involve R&D on many different separation technologies as well as pilot plant design, installation, and operation. A solid background in materials recycling, battery recycling, and plant operations is preferred. Knowledge in direct recycling, hydro/pyro recycling, and/or other metal recycling technologies area also preferred. Due to the chemical and mechanical nature of the processes being worked on, a good background in engineering, chemistry, and a mechanical aptness is necessary to be successful in this position.

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree and 5+ years’ work experience, or Master's Degree and 3+ years’ work experience, or Doctorate and 1-2 years’ experience in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials engineering, or similar degree.

  • Understanding of lithium-ion batteries and how they work.

  • Understanding of the materials used to make lithium-ion batteries.

  • Knowledge of materials separation equipment and techniques.

  • Ability to work with hand tools and building/adapting equipment.

  • Ability to work well within a team as well as alone.

  • Ability to lead projects and its team members.

  • Skilled in oral and written communications at all levels of the organization.

  • A successful candidate must have the ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of electrochemical performance of lithium-ion batteries.

  • Knowledge metallurgical separation technologies.

  • Experience with equipment installations and start-up/debug.

  • Experience in process development and plant design.

Job Family

Research Development (RD)

Job Profile

Materials/Ceramics/Metallurgical 2

Worker Type


Time Type

Full time

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