Electrochemical Safety Modeling and Simulation Expert

Location US-TX-League City
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Lab.Chemicals.MaterialsSupplyChain – Colored Test Liquids – Analyze It

At UL, we know why we come to work.

Thousands of us around the world wake up every day with a common purpose: to make the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place. Science is in our DNA; we are endlessly curious and passionate about seeking and speaking the truth. We take delight in knowing that our work makes a meaningful contribution to society, and we are proud that our culture is centered on integrity, collaboration, inclusion and excellence. Underwriters Laboratories stands at the forefront of technological advancement, and we are continually challenged to find new ways to foster innovation and positive change. Satisfying? Yes. Exciting? Absolutely!


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***The work location will be in the Houston/League City area***

What you’ll learn & achieve:

Initiates, develops and executes electrochemical safety science research projects by applying scientific principles and concepts that are critical to our corporate strategy’s mission of advancing safety through science and the Electrochemical Safety Research Institute’s mission of advancing safer energy storage systems through science.

The Research Scientist will work with the Electrochemical Safety team on their research projects.  The Electrochemical Safety Institute focuses on battery safety research at this time but will expand to other areas of materials research and other forms of energy in the near future.  The Research Scientist will work with the team on carrying out modeling and simulations for specific studies that include off-nominal events associated with batteries and other energy storage systems. Projects require expert and extensive knowledge of state-of-the-art principals and theories, and uses professional concepts and procedures to solve a wide range of scientific problems. Projects involve studies on the characterization of the safety of aged cells and batteries, characterizing fire and gas composition for li-ion fires, and characterizing worst case thermal runaway propagation at different states of charge to name a few.  Interactive discussions with other team members and supervisor is required for successful performance.  Collaborations with Universities and other research organizations such as national labs and government labs are a major part of the approach that the team takes in understanding the basic science associated with these worst-case events observed with the li-ion batteries. The Research Scientist will maintain a broad knowledge of state of the art principles and theories and makes major contributions to scientific literature and conferences.

In addition to the above, the Research Scientist

  • Maintains and develops extensive scientific knowledge of current and new technologies. Plans and conducts experiments to measure the body of scientific knowledge on topics related to electrochemical safety science.
  • Stays ahead of changing technologies, in the field by reading journals and scientific publications, attending academic conferences, writing and collaborating on original publications, and delivering presentations on scientific topics.
  • Demonstrates potential for technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others, and independent thought.
  • Collaborates with industry, academics and other research and development staff to apply the results of research used to develop new techniques.
  • Devises or helps draw up new research proposals and assists in applying for funding or grants when and where possible.
  • Performs other duties as directed.

What makes you a great fit:


  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Engineering.
  • Demonstrated general knowledge of scientific disciplines in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Engineering.
  • Demonstrated working with lithium-ion cells and batteries in graduate school is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in modeling and simulation studies related to off-nominal behaviors of batteries specifically lithium-ion is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent research and publications.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain academic and applied knowledge and skills.
  • Ability to collaborate with peers, and work directly with other team members and external collaborators in order to complete a project from start to finish.
  • Excellent report, publication, presentation and general communication skills required.

What you’ll experience working at UL:

  • Mission: For Underwriters Laboratories, corporate and social responsibility isn’t new. Making the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place has been our business model for the last 127 years and is deeply engrained in everything we do.
  • People: Ask any Underwriters Laboratories employee what they love most about working here, and you’ll almost always hear, “the people.” Going beyond what is possible is the standard at Underwriters Laboratories. We’re able to deliver the best because we employ the best.
  • Interesting work: Every day is different for us here as we eagerly anticipate the next innovation that our customers’ create. We’re inspired to take on the challenge that will transform how people live, work and play. And as a global company, in many roles, you will get international experience working with colleagues around the world.
  • Grow & achieve: We learn, work and grow together with targeted development, reward and recognition programs as well as our very own UL University that offers extensive training programs for employees at all stages, including a technical training track for applicable roles.
  • Total Rewards: All employees at Underwriters Laboratories are eligible for bonus compensation. Underwriters Laboratories offers a generous 401k matching structure of up to 5% of eligible pay. Additionally, we invest an additional 4% into your retirement saving fund after your first year of continuous employment. We provide Healthcare Reimbursement Accounts and Health Savings Accounts that Underwriters Laboratories contributes to twice per year! Depending on your role, you can work with your manager on flexible working arrangements. We also provide employees with paid time off including vacation, holiday, sick and volunteer time off.

Learn More:

Working at Underwriters Laboratories is an exciting journey that twists and turns daily. We thrive in the twists and revel in the turns. This is our every day. This is our normal.


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