Director Research at SEEL

Director Research at SEEL


Do you want to help Swedish and European industry to strengthen their competitiveness? Do you want to contribute to an increased electrification of transportation? Do you want to manage a team of researchers within a world-leading test and demo facility for electromobility?

About us
RISE – Research Institutes of Sweden and Chalmers University of Technology jointly own SEEL – Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory, a new test and research center for electromobility, which will open on the 31st of May 2023.

SEEL aims to create an arena for research and development of new technologies for electrified vehicles, vessels, aircrafts and more. The center is part of the “IPCEI (Important Project of Common European Interest) on Battery” project notified to the European Commission, and we are now looking for a director for research at SEEL who will play an important part in developing SEEL.

About the role
In the role as director for research at SEEL you will be responsible for the development of the current methods for test and verification in the lab and also to find new services to our customers in the future. To be successful in the role you need to work closely and in symbiosis with the eco system of researchers at for example Chalmers University of Technology and other universities, RISE and other institutes, as well as with other actors.

In addition to the above, you will be responsible for securing SEELs obligations within the IPCEI project. This includes setting up and executing battery research projects in collaboration with other IPCEI partners and to report progress to EU and to the Swedish Energy Agency. 

As Director for research at SEEL, you will be recruiting your own team, of full- or part-time researchers, in collaboration with suitable Universities or industries in Sweden or Europe. You will work actively to make SEEL attractive for the research community and manage the booking of SEELs facilities for researchers. As of today, 3 FTE are to be recruited.

You will work close together with the management team of SEEL and in close cooperation with your network of researchers within industry, institutes, and academia. Furthermore, it will be important to have close dialogue with agencies holding funds that can support SEEL or SEELs customers with the means to perform research.

You report to the CEO of SEEL and you will be located in Gothenburg.

Who are you?
We are looking for a person with a PhD degree in a relevant scientific area and with experience in executing research projects related to aspects of batteries and/or other areas of electromobility. Managerial experience, experience in project management and/or method development in test and verification are meritorious.

Networking will be the key word for your success at SEEL. You will be the voice for the research community within SEEL and the voice of SEEL within the research community. To strive to understand market trends, research needs and to identify where SEEL should be active in the future will be an important contribution from your team to the success of SEEL as a research facility. We believe that you have a large network of researchers in industry, at research institutes and in academia.

As a person you are responsive, structured, have great communications skills and you are a relationship-building person that engages your colleagues by your inclusive attitude and empowering leadership. You are fluent in English in speech and writing.

Help us develop our electric future
Join us at SEEL and together we’ll drive the conversion to fossil-free transport. Right now, we’re looking for someone to take the responsibility of being Director as we are starting our three testbed sites – currently under construction – that will deliver cutting-edge research and development in electromobility. This is an opportunity to be at the heart of the latest technological developments in one of the world’s most exciting and important sectors. And you’ll get to be part of it from the beginning, as we create testbed sites with unique capabilities and potential. Although our ambitions are grand, we’re a small, agile organisation. That means you’ll make impactful decisions and see your ideas put into practice.

SEEL is co-owned and co-managed by Chalmers University of Technology and RISE – Sweden’s research institute – working alongside the industrial partners we need to make the transition a success. With a shared platform and access to the latest infrastructure, our work together will build on the continual breakthroughs in knowledge and technology in electromobility. Welcome to SEEL!

Welcome with your application!
If this seems exciting and challenging, submit your application no later than November 22, 2021. This is a permanent position, and the employment is at SEEL. For questions, contact Henrik Svenningstorp, CEO of SEEL, +46 10 516 60 48. 

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