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Job Title:  Lithium Chemicals Expert





Start date:

March/April 2024

Rate of pay:

TBC upon application

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Job Description:


You will define and/or improve the technical specifications of a laboratory to support the client'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 client's 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

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