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Post-Doctoral Researcher Battery Safety

University Job ID 2023-13166 Primary Location: Norwood, Massachusetts 04/22/2023
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Overview - External

FM Global is a leading property insurer of the world's largest businesses, providing more than one-third of FORTUNE 1000-size companies with engineering-based risk management and property insurance solutions. FM Global helps clients maintain continuity in their business operations by drawing upon state-of-the-art loss-prevention engineering and research; risk management skills and support services; tailored risk transfer capabilities; and superior financial strength. To do so, we rely on a dynamic, culturally diverse group of employees, working in more than 100 countries, in a variety of challenging roles.


This position is for a limited term of up to three years, renewable each year. The role is typically focused on performing publishable work as part of a strategic research program under the guidance of a program manager or other senior research staff member(s).

The purpose of this position is to develop new scientific knowledge, technologies and engineering solutions to problems in the area of Lithium-ion battery safety research, which can be used for the prevention or control of industrial property loss. The principal responsibilities are to carry out research projects in the areas of Lithium-ion battery flammability, thermal runaway, and thermal runaway/fire propagation in battery energy storage system. Key areas of research include developing standard test approach for evaluating cell thermal runaway characteristics under different abuse scenarios, thermal runaway propagation of battery module via bench and intermediate - scale experiments and theoretical models on heat transfer and reaction kinetics. The experimental and theoretical studies will be closely integrated with Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) model development and validation within the work group.


PhD degree in Mechanical, Chemical Engineering, or related technical fields
Strong fundamental background in heat transfer, fluid mechanics, combustion, and applied mathematics
Extensive experience in experimental methods in thermal fluids, combustion/fire
Research experience with advanced laser diagnostics in flame and experimental measurement in turbulent flame is desirable
Research experience with Li-ion battery is a plus
Basic understanding of numerical methods and modeling
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as demonstrated expertise in developing solutions to challenging technical problems

The hiring range for this position dependent on final grade and title is $85,800 to $123,300 USD. The final salary offer will vary based on geographic location, individual education, skills, and experience. The position is eligible to participate in FM Global’s comprehensive Total Rewards program that includes an incentive plan, generous health and well-being programs, a 401(k) and pension plan, career development opportunities, tuition reimbursement, flexible work, time off allowances and much more.

FM Global is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse workforce.

Please note that full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with FM Global in the U.S. and a condition of FM Global office entry in Canada. Further, all FM Global visitors, including external candidates interviewing onsite for open positions, are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and show proof of vaccination.


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