Sr. Membrane Scientist

Kings Mountain, North Carolina, United States of America
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Job Description

Join the Energy Revolution! Albemarle Corporation, a global leader in lithium, bromine, and catalyst solutions, is seeking a highly motivated and innovative Sr. Membrane Scientist to join our dynamic Energy Storage R&D team in Kings Mountain, NC.

As a key member of our R&D team, you'll have the opportunity to develop cutting-edge lithium-based products and technologies, push the boundaries of what's possible in the world of energy storage and make a real impact. Our products are critical components of the lithium-ion batteries powering everything from electric vehicles to pacemakers, and your work will help shape the future of energy !

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with a broad cross-functional team and proactively share membrane expertise to influence stakeholders on achieving business outcomes and meeting timebound technical milestones.
  • Provide expert scientific reviews and validate external membrane technologies via focused lab scale /bench scale membrane testing.
  • Scope, plan, and execute membrane separation research project, with a goal of scale-up and commercialization for Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE)
  • Mentor junior team members, technicians, and interns, provide technical consultation to cross-functional partners.
  • Foster a culture of safety, health and environmental responsibility.


  • PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science, or related field, a related scientific discipline with specific emphasis in membrane separation sciences.
  • 5-10 years of direct experience in membrane separations technologies (i.e., reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, forward osmosis, membrane distillation, electrodialysis) with a minimum of 3-5 years of post-graduate experience in membranes.
  • Extensive technical knowledge and strong hands-on experience in membrane process engineering at pilot scale.
  • A curious, innovative, and highly collaborative mindset.

Desired Competencies:

  • Strong organizational and project management skills. Able to prioritize and manage time effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Hands on experience in developing membrane separation technology for Li concentration, purification, and conversion with a track record of delivering results.
  • Expertise in membrane-based process simulation.
  • High attention to detail, accuracy and precision in experimental design and analysis of results.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to simplify complexity for non-technical stakeholders.

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to work in a laboratory environment, requiring standing for 25% or more of the time.
  • Must be able to lift and carry 15-20 lbs and on occasion move equipment weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Must have dexterity to handle delicate laboratory equipment. 
  • Must be able to physically operate scientific equipment and instruments.

Take your career to the next level and be a part of the energy revolution at Albemarle Corporation!

We are partners to one another in pioneering new ways to be better for ourselves, our teams, and our communities. When you join Albemarle, you become our most essential element and you can anticipate competitive compensation, a comprehensive benefits package, and resources that foster your well-being and fuel your personal growth. Help us shape the future, build with purpose and grow together.

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