Primobius is the result of a joint venture between Australian stock exchange-listed Neometals Ltd. and privately owned German plant engineering and technology specialist SMS group GmbH. Primobius offers a unique and sustainable method of recovering valuable lithium, nickel, cobalt, and other materials, for example carbon, from end-of-life or defective lithium-ion batteries (LiBs) from electric vehicles and consumer electronics. The recovered battery materials can be used directly in the production of new batteries.
This unique and advanced recycling solution fits smoothly into the circular economy, ensures that ethically sound materials are used, and helps to reduce not only waste but also our world’s dependence on finite resources.

Become a part of our future at Primobius GmbH in Kuppenheim (Baden-Württemberg) where we're looking for a 

Chemist - Process Development (f/m/x)


As an experienced process development chemist, you will play a key role in the team advancing our battery recycling operations in our commercial demonstration plan. Your key responsibilities include, among others:

  • Designing and conducting experiments to optimize and scale up battery recycling processes at the commercial demonstration plant.
  • Assess raw materials, intermediate products, and final products, employing various analytical techniques and instrumentation.
  • Collaborate closely with R&D and Engineering teams to offer process development insights and chemical expertise, aiding in the continuous improvement and innovation of battery recycling processes.
  • Develop and validate analytical methods for material characterization and quality control, ensuring accuracy, precision, and reproducibility.
  • Contribute to the creation of standard operating procedures (SOPs), safety protocols, and best practices for chemical processes and laboratory operations.
  • Work cross-functionally to troubleshoot process issues, identify root causes, and propose effective solutions to enhance process efficiency and product quality.
  • Maintain and calibrate laboratory equipment, oversee chemical procurement, and ensure smooth laboratory operations.
  •  Accurately document experimental procedures, results, and findings in technical reports and laboratory notebooks to maintain data integrity and regulatory compliance.
  • Participate in pilot-scale and full-scale production trials to transfer optimized processes to the commercial demonstration plant.
  • Stay informed about the latest advancements in battery recycling technologies, chemical processes, and analytical methods, contributing to the organization's scientific knowledge base.


You have completed a Master's or Ph.D. degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or a related field with a focus on process development, chemical analysis, or materials science. We value:

  • Demonstrated expertise in process development, optimization, and scale-up, preferably in battery recycling or related industries.
  • Proficiency in a wide range of analytical techniques such as spectroscopy, chromatography, microscopy, and electrochemical methods.
  • Strong problem-solving abilities, critical thinking skills, and attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills for effective collaboration with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Experience working with hazardous chemicals and adherence to laboratory safety regulations.
  • Familiarity with process simulation software, statistical analysis tools, and quality management systems is beneficial.


As an innovative and internationally active employer, we convince you with performance-based compensation. Additionally, we offer you the opportunity to balance family and work optimally, with flexible working hours and the option of remote work.

Are you keen on shaping the future with us? If so, feel free to send us your online application. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Primobius GmbH

HR Management
Amelie Siebenbach