Principal Material Scientist- Sligo | Collins McNicholas

Principal Material Scientist- Sligo

  • Reference: SJ43724
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Location: Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo
  • Category: Science, Pharmaceutical & Food

Our client, a start-up battery manufacturing company in Sligo, are looking to hire a principle material scientist.


  • The Principal Material Scientist will be responsible for performing material characterization, development of fundamental and practical battery technology and conducting lab activities to support assigned projects within research and development. 
  • Responsible for developing innovative materials and combinations of materials that may be patented and provide a competitive market advantage.
  • Responsible for the performance evaluation of new materials or new battery technology and architectures throughout the development process from proof-of-concept to qualification.
  • Proactively responds to issues related to materials quality or the characterization process and initiates resolution.
  • Work closely with the Advanced Material Development Team to develop world class materials and processes which enhance the leading position of in energy storage solutions. 
  • Work to improve current materials and develop future materials and processes by collaborating suppliers, research institutes and strategic partners. 
  • Responsible for developing and validating new or existing analytical/testing methods on materials associated with product development, manufacturing process and application issues.
  • Responsible for documentation of activities in laboratory notebook, equipment logbooks, test procedures, material specifications, etc. 
  • Support the needs of internal and external customers and suppliers as required.
  • Travel to manufacturing facilities, strategic partners and suppliers is expected.


  • 7+ years of experience in battery technology R&D with an emphasis on material development and characterization. Direct experience in advanced polymer separator material is a strong plus.
  • Must have a MS degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, material science/engineering or related fields.  Ph.D. degree is preferred.
  • Experience in the lead-acid battery field preferred but not a requirement.
  • Knowledge of operational principles of chemical laboratory instrumentation and techniques relating to existing and advanced battery technology is required.
  • Knowledge of and experience with instruments for  characterizing polymer (or organic compound) materials is desired. 
  • Excellent materials characterization skills with an interest and demonstrated ability to develop materials and integrate those materials into various products aimed at a production environment.

For a confidential discussion, please contact Mark Whelan on 071 914 2411 or email,

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