2 weeks ago

'The Guardian' - Battery Safety Specialist

Remote Working / Germany Competitive Permanent

Job Reference: 1135443

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A mobility tech company with the clear goal of revolutionizing the way vehicles are developed for the next phase of electric mobility are currently seeking a Battery Safety Specialist in this role you will be responsible for all battery pack safety related elements.

The Battery Safety Specialist will:

  • Contribute towards battery cell and pack design and battery architecture.
  • Together with battery cell specialists and pack as well as body in white design experts you will look into every detail from material selection up to pack architecture and body in white crash integration to design a safe, world class propagation control into our pack.
  • This includes;
  • Cell design, mechanical structure, electrical insulation, design of thermal barriers and sinks, vent gas management, bus bar, architecture, gaskets, target vehicle crash behaviour.
  • Initially a core deliverable will be to build a develop test methods and bucks (single cell up to multiple cells/modules) to characterize thermal runaway behaviour and fundamentally validate module and pack design ideas targeted to control propagation.
  • This includes
  • Designing appropriate test bucks and experiments
  • Identifying suitable test resources
  • Specifying test set ups and instrumentation
  • Ensuring reproducibility, proper test execution, data acquisition and documentation

The successful Battery Safety Specialist will have:

  • MSc in Physics, Material Science, Mechanical Eng., Electrical Eng. or similar.
  • Strong technical expert and thought leader with a minimum of 5 years of industry experience in automotive or aerospace battery design.
  • Expert in battery abuse behaviour, safety requirements and regulatory safety standards.
  • Strong materials background in thermal barriers and thermally tailored compounds
  • Deep understanding of materials and component characteristics specific to batteries (e.g. swelling of cells, aging and abuse behaviour, temperature sensitivities, etc.)
  • Data driven approach with experience in design of experiments for safety tests. Including but not limited to:
  • Test of heat release during Thermal Runaway (e.g. DSC, ARC, THR)
  • Thermal Runaway and propagation Testing
  • Thermal characterization of materials and components (temp conduction and uniformity)
  • Vent gas characterization (volume, composition, temperature)
  • Hi-Pot (non-destructive and test to failure)
  • Good understanding of mechanical properties and characteristics of body in white and the complete vehicle.
  • Understanding for design and cost constraints that come with different manufacturing processes (e.g.: welding, gluing, extrusion, stamping, moulding)
  • CAD background and familiarity with CAD tools, preferably CATIA, is a plus
  • Excellent German and English skills (proficient)
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