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CIC energiGUNE

Group Leader Inorganic Materials

Research Field: Physics 
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Job Summary

CIC energiGUNE is seeking an engineer/researcher to lead a research group devoted to the design, characterization and cell integration of inorganic electrode and electrolyte materials for Li and Post-Li batteries.

Job Description


CIC energiGUNE is a research center specialized in energy, electrochemical storage (batteries and supercapacitors), thermal energy solutions and hydrogen, a member of the Basque Research and Technology Alliance- BRTA and a strategic initiative of the Basque Government. CIC energiGUNE is a reference in knowledge transfer and was created in 2011 to generate fundamental excellence knowledge useful for the Basque business network.

CIC energiGUNE has a dynamic research team of more than 100 researchers and is extremely well equipped with a wide range of up-to-date facilities that are fully available to all the research community. In 2019, the European Commission has awarded CIC energiGUNE with the ´HR Excellence in Research´ label, which reflects the center´s commitment to implement fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal practices, and certifies its salutary work environment.

For more details on CIC energiGUNE's research activities please visit our website at


CIC energiGUNE is seeking an engineer/researcher to lead a research group devoted to the design, characterization and cell integration of inorganic electrode and electrolyte materials for Li and Post-Li batteries.

The selected candidate will be responsible for overseeing the synthesis, structural characterization, and measurement of ionic and electronic transport properties of inorganic electrolyte and electrode materials. The projects the candidate will be responsible for will lead to the development of solid-state cathodes using ceramic electrolytes, assembly and testing of solid-state cells, as well as to deepen the understanding of reaction mechanisms of chemical, electrochemical and mechanical degradation of electrode and electrolyte components during operation.

As the selected candidate will be responsible for leading and coordinating the research activities of a group of professionals, applying for this position requires demonstrated management and mentoring experience.


• Providing technical direction and execution in the design and development of ceramic solid electrolytes for integration in all-solid-state batteries.
• Providing technical direction and execution in the design and development of inorganic electrode materials for Li and Post-Li batteries.
• Leading various research activities such as writing research proposals, project execution/reporting/management, writing high quality scientific research papers, and presenting results at scientific conferences.
• Supporting the strategic long-term research in agreement with the views of the area´s Scientific Director and the Technology Coordinator, as well as those of the CIC.
• Overseeing team member’s hiring and professional development processes.
• Mentoring researchers as undergraduate and graduate students, predoctoral reserchers as well as postdoctoral fellows.
• Developing strategic partnerships and collaborations.
• Pursuing the development of intellectual property to protect technology advancements and secure a competitive position.


All applicants are invited to submit their applications including a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae and their academic records at:
The selection process ends once the candidate is selected.
CIC energiGUNE is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.



We are offering a permanent position that will give you a unique opportunity to continue developing a competitive Research Group in the context of a state-of-the-art research landscape.

A flourishing scientific community conducting synergistic research with universities and other research institutions already operating in the region. Access to a complete set of existing laboratory infrastructure and equipment to ensure a fruitful stay and the fulfillment of the objectives in due time. The selected candidate will join an integrated, enthusiastic, and multidisciplinary institute making high quality research and impactful contributions to the energy and sustainability fields.

In addition to leading exciting and innovative projects, the CIC energiGUNE offers a competitive salary and important employee benefits such as life insurance, health insurance and social security that compares favorably with the best private and public institutions operating globally.

CIC energiGUNE will provide the selected candidate and their family with support in the transition to a new life, helping with accommodation, school or daycare, language courses, social security, and any other needs the candidate may have in the process of integrating into the local environment.

CIC energiGUNE is located in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the capital of the Basque Country, Spain. Vitoria-Gasteiz is a dynamic city, consistently pointed as one of the 5 best places to live in Spain. Ranking highly in quality of life and business opportunities, it was the first Spanish municipality to be awarded the title of European Green Capital and recognized by the United Nations (UN) with the Global Green City Award. The Basque Country is the region with the highest R&D investment in Spain, with more than 20.000 researchers. The basque research ecosystem comprises a solid and collaborating community composed of universities, and technology and cooperative research centers.

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Job Details

Type of Contract Permanent 
Researcher profile Leading Researcher (R4)  
Status Full-time 
Hours Per Week 40  
Company/Institute CIC energiGUNE 
Country SPAIN 
State/Province Alava 
City Vitoria-Gasteiz 

Organization/Institute Contact Data

Organization CIC energiGUNE 
Organization/Institution Type Research Laboratory 
Faculty/Department/Research Lab  
Country SPAIN 
City Minano 
State/Province ALAVA 
Postal Code 01510 
Street Albert Einstein 48 
Phone + 34 945 297 108 
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Application Details

Envisaged Job Starting Date 2021-09-01 
Application Deadline 2022-07-31 
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Additional Requirements


Specific Requirements

• PhD in Materials Science, Chemistry, Ceramics Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics, or a related field.
• Basic knowledge of electrochemistry.
• Strong, hands-on battery research experience supported by a good record of publications.
• Robust theoretical foundation in synthesis, chemical and structural characterization of inorganic solids.
• Deep understanding of structure-property relationships.
• Experience in sulfide chemistry will be highly valued.
• Ability to identify and solve technical challenges.
• Ability to justify intellectual and technical decisions based on scientific results.
• Willingness to learn new skills or approach a new field of study.
• Good verbal and written communication skills in English.
• Demonstrated self-motivation and ability to work independently.
• A good team player who can collaborate with peers in the academic and industry sectors.