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Job Title:  Head of Research and Development





Start date:

March/April 2024

Rate of pay:

TBC upon application

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Job Description:


You will define and lead Research & Development projects to support the client's business objectives. This means developing research programs incorporating current developments to improve existing product quality, study the potential of new products and potential of new plant design. You will understand customer expectations on to-be manufactured products. You will ensure research and development activities will maintain and improve the organization’s competitive position and profitability.

This role is reporting to the COO. The Location of the position is Luxembourg.



Guide the Project Director in the design of the laboratory

Develop design basis for laboratory – layout, equipment specification, analysis requirements, safety equipment, etc.

Drive laboratory site selection

Provide technical expertise to other parts of the business for Project FEED and EPCC phase

Provide technical expertise to our Plants when in operation in particular support to Plants’ lab facilities

Perform chemical analysis and physical property testing of materials and products

Evaluate plant processes and develop improvements to safety, quality, and efficiency

Create standards and specifications for processes, facilities, products and tests

Research, design, and develop new production processes

Coordinate and perform laboratory tests

Analyse data to develop operational conclusions

Be accountable for the performance of the Lab and for the quality of the tests results in front of the client Internal or 3rd Party

Communicate results of analysis and research including preparation of technical papers

Ensure development of intellectual property

Recruitment of laboratory staff with support from HR

Management of a Team of experts to accomplish all tasks on time

Collaboration with local and European universities especially near our Plants

Represent the cleint at technical conferences and seminars

Develop activities for 3rd Parties in a profitable manner without creating any bottleneck for the client need

Assist in the establishment of timelines and budgets

Install, maintain, and inspect equipment and facilities

Perform routine calibration and troubleshooting of instruments

Provide training and mentorship to technical staff



A PhD or MSc in inorganic chemistry and significant project management experience

Experience with hands-on laboratory testwork in the design and operation of hydrometallurgy and pyrometallurgy processes (calcination, leaching, precipitation, crystallisation, ion exchange etc) at laboratory and ideal at pilot and industrial scale

Substantial (7-15 years) Research experience in either industry or consultancy organisations in the chemical, metallurgical industry or other related industries

Experience applying for and administering patents, and grant funding applications and administration

Ability to interpret large and complex metallurgical datasets and translating this to process improvements

General awareness of the battery minerals market and emerging trends/requirements

Good report writing, organisational and time management skills

Confident and capable leading a small highly competent technical team

Management experience of a profit center with a small team

Previous experience working with lithium compounds would be an advantage

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