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R&D Leader - AI &Modeling @ Novelis Global R&D

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Position Overview

The Novelis New Domains R&D team (Kennesaw, GA) is seeking a R&D Leader, AI & Modeling. The person in this role will report to the Global Technology Director, New Domains, and will have direct and indirect reports of a global team (which will grow over time), plus interns and co-ops. The ideal candidate will be responsible for setting the vision, strategy, roadmap and delivering the AI & Modeling roadmap in close collaboration with R&D, IT, Commercial, Operations, Technology partners as well as Customers and Suppliers. The candidate will also guide and in some cases participate in ‘hands-on’ problem solving with the team on projects using cutting edge modeling, simulation and novel computational techniques, along with experimental and production-scale validation.

The position will set the benchmark for modeling materials behavior, manufacturing processes, structure, properties, performance, recycling et al. Apply Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Advanced Modeling techniques (FEA, CFD, DEM, others) to…(a) formulate the math model of “the problem” (some of the most challenging scientific and technical problems in the company), (b) solve the math models using state-of-the-art techniques with speed and depth, and (c) translate them back into actionable insights, validate models in the lab and our plants for implementation, thus bringing significant value to the business. This will impact our materials discovery, operations, sustainability and transformational strategic initiatives. The development of breakthrough algorithms and techniques will also be part of the AI & Modeling team’s objectives; this will be achieved through in-house collaborative initiatives as well as Open Innovation partnerships with world-class research institutes, companies and other entities.


Responsibilities & Qualifications

  • Set vision and strategy to build roadmaps and modeling frameworks for complex technical challenges in the company (in R&D, operations, supply chain, logistics, other)
  • Key deliverables:
  • Application of computational modeling, simulation, AI/ML to Novelis’ manufacturing processes, products and performance (alloy processing, products, recycling, other)
  • Deliver roadmap priorities, accelerating innovation and demonstrating models to continuously impact customer & internal value innovation, and carbon equivalent reduction metrics
  • Build credibility in R&D so tools and techniques are used to design products and processes by all our teams before experimentation (AI & Modeling as ‘DNA’)
  • Ensure pull from R&D and beyond to go after the most challenging technical problems – through quick validation and iterative test-and-learn
  • Strengthen partnerships and establish joint research initiatives with world-class research organizations, universities, labs, institutes et al. – to deliver the roadmaps
  • Build deep collaborations with R&D, Customer Solution Centers, IT, Commercial, Operations, Technology partners as well as Customers and Suppliers
  • Empower team to be self-directed, and build the team to be widely recognized and sought after as top experts within Novelis; promote global recognition and growth of team
  • Stay abreast of state-of-the-art algorithmic developments and techniques, incorporate in our roadmaps and validate them with our business partners – become a trusted business partner
  • Bring together cross-functional, global teams for knowledge exchange and joint problem solving

Minimum Qualifications

  • Masters in Materials Science, Metallurgy, Engineering, Physics or other Sciences or equivalent, AI/ML or Data Science (applied to scientific/technical challenges)
  • ~10 or more years of experience with proven accomplishments in relevant areas of application Note: expertise and growth through learning considered in combination with experience, so experience of <10 yrs will be considered with appropriate skill sets
  • A collaborative, positive and growth mindset to leadership – open to continuous learning and improvement – to build key partnerships to identify and go after complex challenges
  • A high tolerance for failure and an attitude of relentless iterative enhancements of models to get closer to reality – through experimental validation to build credibility with our business partners

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Engineering, Sciences or equivalent, AI/ML or Comp Sci applied to science/technical
  • Fundamental knowledge of materials behavior, processing, properties and performance
  • Familiarity of AI/ML and modeling techniques and software to be able to direct team towards an array of approaches (e.g. FEA, CFD, Deep Learning, Image Processing, NLP, others). Ability to get ‘hands-on’ as needed.
  • Experience conceptualizing and developing novel approaches and algorithmic ways of problem solving; e.g. application of AI techniques from drug discovery to the discovery of aluminum alloys

Location Profile

Novelis’ Global Research and Technology Center located in Kennesaw Georgia within the greater Atlanta metropolitan area is a cutting-edge full-service research and technology hub that employs approximately 200 people including world-class engineers metallurgists chemists and scientists. The facility includes state-of-the-art lab equipment and a diverse mix of product pilot lines that bring innovative solutions to customers in the automotive beverage can and specialty markets. Kennesaw provides a diverse and family-friendly place to live with countless museums cultural opportunities and educational institutions. Novelis is committed to the Kennesaw community and supports a number of local charitable organizations including Habitat for Humanity as well as FIRST Robotics aimed at encouraging young people to pursue the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields in order to spur the next generation of scientists and innovators. Novelis recognizes its talented and diverse workforce as a key competitive advantage. Novelis provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants. All terms and conditions of employment at Novelis including recruiting hiring placement promotion termination layoffs recalls transfers leaves of absence compensation and training are without regard to race color religion age sex national origin disability status genetics protected veteran status sexual orientation gender identity or expression or any other characteristic protected by federal provincial or local laws.

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