Group Leader Organic and Hybrid Materials

Group Leader Organic and Hybrid Materials


Basque Country, Spain

Ikerbasque and CIC energiGUNE are seeking an experienced researcher to lead a research group devoted to the design, characterization and cell integration of novel organic and hybrid materials.

Job functions:

  • Provide technical direction and execution in the design and development of salts, binders, polymer-based electrolytes and organic redox materials for integration in different cell chemistries (Li-ion, Na-ion, Li metal, redox flow batteries, Li-S);
  • Synthesis, structural characterization, measurement of ionic and electronic transport properties of polymer-based electrolytes;
  • Development of solid-state cathodes using polymer-based electrolytes. Assembly and testing of solid-state cells;
  • Understanding of chemical, electrochemical and mechanical degradation of electrode and electrolyte components during operation;
  • Leadership role in various research activities, such as writing research proposals, project execution/reporting/management, writing high quality scientific research papers, and presenting research results at scientific conferences;
  • Support the strategic long-term research in agreement with Scientific and Technology coordinators;
  • Look after team member’s hiring and professional development. Mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Development of strategic partnerships and collaborations;
  • Experience pursuing development of intellectual property to protect technology developments and secure competitive position.

Candidate profile:

  • PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science, Materials Science, or a related field;
  • Strong, hands-on battery research experience supported by a strong record of publications;
  • Strong theoretical foundation in synthesis, chemical and characterization of organic solids. Deep understanding of structure-property relationships;
  • Basic knowledge of electrochemistry;
  • Ability to identify and solve technical problems;
  • Ability to clearly support and justify technical decisions based on data and results;
  • Proficiency for quickly learning new skills or field of study;
  • Good verbal and written communication skills in English;
  • Demonstrated self-motivation and ability to work independently;
  • A good team player who can collaborate with other groups, academic and industrial partners.

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