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Product R&D, Project Leader, Korea

South Korea, Cheonan UMK

Rechargeable Battery Materials

Research & Development

Position Introduction


“RBM-R&D Project Leader Strategic Innovation Team (Cheonan, South Korea)”


Purpose of the job / summary

You head a small research team and perform prospective research projects in the area of cathode materials for rechargeable Li-ion batteries. You will efficiently direct the research activities and organize/design standard as well as innovative experiments. You report to the Head of Strategic Innovation Team.


Main duties/responsibilities

You are working in a team focusing on strategic innovation projects in the field of cathode materials for Lithium-Ion batteries.

These projects include:

  • materials design, synthesis and testing
  • characterization of the new materials using various analysis methods
  • develop and implement new experimental routes and analysis methods
  • create and implement tools for efficient data management of experimental results

You will prepare the projects you have been entrusted and lead their implementation

You are responsible for the results and timing of your projects.

You write patent applications and technical reports, prepare and present the results in internal or external meetings.

You will coordinate R&D activities with other R&D teams within Umicore as well as with external partners like universities or research institutes

You will be supported by a small team of researcher(s) and technician(s)


Career experience

Experience in the battery industry is a plus but not required




  • self-motivated approach towards R&D
  • computer skills (fx. Excel, MS access, ...) 
  • interest in IT and programming skills (fx. Python, access/SQL) is a very strong asset
  • data mining, interpretation, visualization and reporting skills
  • basic knowledge of English speaking/writing
  • If not Korean candidate, some level of knowledge of Korean language is required
  • outstanding creativity and able to work independently and solve problems
  • analytical mind and scientific curiosity
  • efficient communication in an international environment
  • ability to lead a small project team



  • background in materials (preferable inorganic) chemistry and/or physics
  • Master degree or higher in physics, chemistry, materials engineering
  • PhD and/or experience in Li-ion battery industry will be a plus