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 

Junior Chemist - Process Development (f/m/x)


This entry level role as a Junior Chemist in process development offers an exciting opportunity to be part of our innovative battery recycling operations and gain hands-on experience in process development and optimization. Your key responsibilities include, among others:

  • Assist in conducting experiments and analyses to support process development, optimization, and scale-up of battery recycling processes at the commercial demonstration plant.
  • Learn and apply qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses of raw materials, intermediate products, and final products using various analytical techniques and instruments.
  • Collaborate with experienced team members from R&D and Engineering to contribute insights and support the continuous improvement of battery recycling processes.
  • Assist in the development and validation of analytical methods for material characterization and quality control under guidance.
  • Participate in the creation and implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs), safety protocols, and best practices for chemical processes and laboratory operations.
  • Work with cross-functional teams to help troubleshoot process issues, identify potential solutions, and support process efficiency and product quality improvements.
  • Support the maintenance and calibration of laboratory equipment, as well as the procurement of chemicals and supplies for experiments.
  • Document experimental procedures, results, and findings accurately in laboratory notebooks and reports, ensuring compliance with standards and regulations.
  • Contribute to pilot-scale and full-scale production trials under supervision to assist in the transfer of optimized processes to the commercial demonstration plant.
  • Stay updated on the latest developments in battery recycling technologies, chemical processes, and analytical methods, actively participating in learning and skill development.


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:

  • Basic knowledge of laboratory techniques and procedures, with a willingness to learn and develop new skills.
  • Strong attention to detail, enthusiasm for problem-solving, and a collaborative mindset.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work effectively within a team environment.
  • Willingness to work with hazardous chemicals and follow safety guidelines in a laboratory setting.
  • Familiarity with analytical instrumentation and software is a plus.
  • Fluent in German and English (verbal and written).


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