Research Scientist II - Electrochemical Safety Research Institute

Location US-TX-Houston
Job ID
# of Openings
Job Category


General – Green Earth – Safer World

At UL, we know why we come to work.

The Electrochemical Safety Research Institute (ESRI), of Underwriters Laboratories Research Institutes, is recruiting a Research Scientist II to conduct experiments, gather data, develop preliminary findings, and prepare written reports that supports the research of the institute. The Research Scientist II works closely with other ESRI leaders and researchers to carry out tests associated with battery safety science and other energy storage systems to ensure all processes are accurate and technically sound.


The Electrochemical Safety Research Institute advances UL Research Institutes’ public safety mission by investigating the safety and performance limits of energy technologies. ESRI conducts and publishes research on energy storage technology issues that range from consumer products to transportation and grid storage. Collaborating with a wide variety of partners to help meet the world’s energy safety needs, ESRI convenes a diverse group of stakeholders at events such as global battery summits and webinars to find data-driven solutions to new and emerging energy storage risks. ESRI also co-leads the Battery Safety Council with the National Transportation Safety Board.


At Underwriters Laboratories, we 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!


UL has COVID-19 protocols and policies in place to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and clients. Effective November 1, 2021, the company mandates that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment (except where prohibited by law), subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law. 

What you’ll learn & achieve:

Essential Functions, Roles, and Responsibilities

  • Plan and conduct experiments related to electrochemical safety science.
  • Stay ahead of changing technologies, in the field by reading journals and scientific publications, and attending academic conferences.
  • Apply intensive and diverse knowledge of scientific principles to specific research tasks.
  • Gather initial data for projects and works with Research Scientists to conduct research.
  • Document laboratory procedures, prepare detailed reports, present findings, and publish results.
  • Operate independently in the lab/field.
  • Assist with new research proposals and applications for funding or grants.
  • Performs other duties as directed.

What makes you a great fit:

Professional Competencies

  • Demonstrated general knowledge of chemistry, chemical engineering, electrical engineering or materials science.
  • Demonstrated expertise in synthesis and characterization of energy storage materials.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent research and publications. 
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain academic and applied knowledge and skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent report, publication, and presentation skills. 
  • Ability to collaborate with peers and work directly with Research Scientists and other team members to complete a project from start to finish.

Experience and Education Requirements

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Materials Science.
  • Experience working with lithium-ion or other battery chemistries, required.

What you’ll experience working at UL:

  • Mission: For UL, 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 128 years and is deeply ingrained in everything we do.
  • People: Ask any UL 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 UL. 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.
  • 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 UL are eligible for bonus compensation. We offer 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 UL 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:

UL Research Institutes is an affiliated nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing safety science research through the discovery and application of scientific knowledge. We conduct rigorous independent research and analyze safety data, convene experts worldwide to address risks, share knowledge through safety education and public outreach initiatives, and develop standards to guide safe commercialization of evolving technologies. We foster communities of safety, from grassroots initiatives for neighborhoods to summits of world leaders. Our organization employs collaborative and scientific approaches with partners and stakeholders to drive innovation and progress toward improving safety, security, and sustainability, ultimately enhancing societal well-being.


Our wholly owned subsidiary, UL Inc., advances our shared public safety mission. We fund our work through grants, the licensing of standards documents and the business activities of UL Inc., which conducts testing, verification and certification, and provides training and advisory services, along with data-driven reporting and decision-making tools for customers around the world.


To learn more, visit our websites and


Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed

Connect With Us!

Not ready to apply, or can't find a relevant opportunity?
Connect with us to keep informed about the latest UL career opportunities, tailored to your interests.

If you wish to request reasonable accommodation at any time, please email our Talent Acquisition team at

UL is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Female/Minority/disability/Protected Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. If you'd like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please review the EEO is the Law and EEO is the Law Supplement.

Please review the following additional documents:

UL EEO Policy

Pay Transparency Statement

E-Verify Poster (English)

Right to Work Poster (English)

Applicant Data Privacy and Confidentiality Policy

California Applicant Collection and Privacy Policy