08 Jun Lithium Chemicals Expert
You will define and/or improve the technical specifications of a laboratory to support Livista’s planned battery grade lithium chemical production plants throughout Europe. You will develop chemical analysis tests of samples provided by the commercial team to test new supply raw material and provided by the operating plants to improve their QA/QC plans. You will efficiently lead testing programs in a laboratory in Luxembourg, prepare laboratory policies and SOP’s. You will support Plant design improvement, debottlenecking and operational optimisation initiatives undertaken by the Project or the Plants Operation teams. You will define, perform, and monitor laboratory tests for 3rd parties in the domain of battery critical raw material.
You shall become a technical reference for all Livista group and in general in the Lithium market.
This role is reporting to the Head of Research and Development.
Provide design input basis for a new laboratory.
Supervise the Engineering contractor of the lab verifying the lab design and equipment requirements.
Manage the day-to-day running of the lab and ensuring safety and efficiency of operations.
Create and maintain Lab procedures and policies and SOPs
Define typical testing procedures for each package elements of the Plants
Regularly adjust the testing procedures to reflect changes technology or in business needs.
Act as a referent for other chemists in the R&D lab in Luxembourg and in the lab facilities of the Plants for all lab related issues.
Define testing plans to answer the need of Livista’s commercial team and Plants
Define testing programme for 3rd parties
Define and implement a QA/QC program for each lab equipment.
Define and implement a QA/QC procedure for each testing program proposed ensuring the quality of the performance of the Lab and the reliability of its results.
Carry out risk assessments in accordance with COSHH guidelines
Assist in the establishment of timelines and budgets.
Inspect and monitor equipment and facilities.
Perform routine calibration and troubleshooting of instruments.
Provide training and mentorship to technical staff.
A PhD or MSc in inorganic chemistry with a mentoring mindset.
At least 5 years of experience with hands-on laboratory testwork in the design and operation of hydrometallurgy and pyrometallurgy processes (calcination, leaching, precipitation, crystallisation, ion exchange etc) and ideally with experience at pilot and industrial scale.
Research experience in either industry or consultancy organisations in the chemical, metallurgical industry or other related industries.
Experience applying for patents.
General awareness of the battery minerals market and emerging trends/requirements
Previous experience working with lithium compounds would be an advantage
Good report writing, organisational and time management skills
Livista Energy Europe S.A. is a company developing a series of projects for lithium chemical refining plants in Europe, securing energy independence for the region at a time when Europe is almost entirely dependent upon Asia for these critical raw materials for the batteries of the Electrical Vehicles (EV).
Participating in the development and growth of Livista Energy represents a contribution to a better environment by supporting the energy transition and maximising the circular economy by processing materials sourced from recycled batteries.
The first plant is planned to be built in Europe, starting construction in 2024 and production in 2026 and the second one will start 6 months after.
We will launch the FEED (Front End Engineering Design) in the coming months and then we will deploy a Project management team in our contractor’s office in Western Europe.
Our head office in Luxembourg is launching recruitment of key personnel in Europe to prepare our deployment.
You live for a challenging start-up culture and want to be part of a unique project making history in energy transition.