Electrochemical Modelling Engineer

Grenoble, France
Product Design Engineering – Product Team /
CDI / Permanent position /
Verkor is a French industrial company aiming to pioneer low-carbon battery manufacturing in France. With the backing of prominent industrial companies such as Renault Group, Plastic Omnium and Schneider Electric, Verkor intends to electrify the future of European mobility.

With over 350 experts from 38 different countries, our endeavor is to unite exceptional global talent to bring this ambitious and innovative project to life. Our strong and agile international team continues to grow and adapt to new challenges. Based in Grenoble (France), we have recently started operations our Verkor Innovation Centre (R&D centre and 4.0 pilot line).

We now focus on building the world’s most modern and efficient Gigafactory in Dunkirk (France). With this facility, our ambition is an initial annual production of 16 Gwh of lithium-ion batteries by 2025, thus powering 300,000 electric vehicles annually.  

In joining us you will actively participate in this breathtaking industrial adventure to shape the future of European mobility.

Description of the role :

    • Develop electrochemical models (1D/2D/3D) for Li-ion battery cells and cell components (P2D, order reduction, …)
    • Implement models in COMSOL, 3D Experience and other available tools and run simulations serving different objectives (specification, prediction, advanced studies, …)
    • Develop tools and techniques (experimental and modeling) for the physicochemical characterization of battery cells and cell components and construct material database
    • Perform DOEs and run experiments in close collaboration with battery scientists and test engineers, for advanced characterization, model parametrization and validation
    • Construct advanced studies, perform data analyses, run simulations, and deliver study results providing support to Product Development Team from early days to final stages of production
    • Review literature for state-of-the-art understanding of complex physico-chemical phenomena in Li-ion cells and cell components and their mathematical models
    • Work closely with cell development leaders to meet requirements of different projects according to project timelines
    • Lead technical investigations, perform diagnostic analysis and prepare progress updates; participate in creating design review dossiers
    • Take initiative for intellectual property development

Responsibilities :

    • Regular review of the state-of-the-art concepts, tools, methodologies, and technologies (experimental and simulation) and construct roadmap of activities
    • Ensure traceability and reliability of simulation results, methods and experimental data
    • Ensure best-practice mathematical modeling and numerical simulations
    • Ensure timely delivery of case-study results according to product dev timeline
    • Undertake preparation of technical notes, standards and work instructions on tools, methods and studies

Prerequisites :

    • PhD in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering
    • Specialized knowledge in electrochemistry, electrochemical engineering and Li-ion batteries
    • Experience in physics-based modeling of Li-ion batteries (3+ years  preferred)
    • Strong background and mathematical modeling and model order reduction techniques
    • Proficiency in scientific coding (Matlab/Python) and numerical methods (FEM, CVM, …)
    • Proficiency in simulation tools (3D Experience, ANSYS, COMSOL, ...)
    • Experience in hands-on lab activities (cell assembly, testing, …)
    • Experience in project management
    • English: proficient / French is a plus  
Why join us?

Strong company spirit and culture settle down around our 4 values:
We promote personal initiative and give everyone the means to contribute to the company's success.
We're committed to transparent communication: we say what we think, and we mean what we say.
Team Spirit
Everyone, in their role, is an ambassador for the company. At Verkor, success is most definitely a team sport!
We're all working towards a common goal: a sustainable future, which we're building one step at a time.

Attractive work conditions*
- Stimulating work environment: pleasant offices, multicultural and motivated team
- Lunch vouchers
- 50% of local transportation costs financed
- 5 weeks of holidays per year + 2 weeks of compensation time (RTT)* conditions may apply depending on type of contract
- Industry-leading healthcare
- Opportunities to network and connect with worldwide experts

For more info on the company, please visit us at www.verkor.com
*all positions are open to individuals possessing a Recognition of the Status of Disabled Worker (RQTH)
*conditions may apply depending on type of contract