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Post-doctor and polymer expert Sindre Nordmark Olufsen leaves Casa to take up a new position in Freyr Battery Norway. «The years in SFI CASA have been fantastic», he says.
The term “all good things must come to an end” also applies to Sindre’s time in SFI CASA. 1 st September, he moves on to his new position as a data analyst in Freyr Battery Norway. The new Giga Arctic Factory in Mo i Rana is under construction (see illustration by Freyr below). Here, his ambitious new employer will supply high energy density and environmentally friendly lithium-ion-based batteries to rapidly growing markets globally.
CASA’S NORTHERN SATELLITE
Sindre has been SFI CASA’s satellite employee, working on several ongoing projects from Campus Helgeland in Mo i Rana, north in Norway. He moved here, north in Norway, with his family during the pandemic. However, as Covid forced all his colleagues to work from home, working remote from Mo i Rana did not make a big difference.
«I felt quite lucky, as my working life was the same as everyone else’s».
He praises SFI CASA as a workplace and says his stay has been phenomenal.
«I think the Centre is by far the best place one can do a PhD. Here, you arrive at a set table and receive a close follow-up. Also, you are surrounded by supervisors and experts who maintain a sky-high professional level».
A GOOD TIME TO SWAP
As CASA has started its wind-up period, Olufsen says it feels like a good time to find something else to do.
«Freyr became a natural choice as it is a local and exciting job, where I get the opportunity to take part in the creation of an industrial adventure».
He says the position as a data analyst in Freyr will primarily involve processing various measurements and modelling processes in production. About his new workplace, he says:
«I assume it will be pretty hectic, and I know it will be quite different from being a part of the research environment in CASA. However, I find the timing exciting. It will be interesting to join Freyr in this early phase.
I think the Centre is by far the best place one can do a PhD. Here, you arrive at a set table and receive a close follow-up. Also, you are surrounded by supervisors and experts who maintain a sky-high professional level
AN ATYPICAL SCIENTIST
Sindre Olufsen defended his thesis in 2020. The title was «Experimental and numerical study of dilation in mineral-filled PVC». The work was referred to as original, creative and groundbreaking. In fact, much of his PhD work was based on techniques never used in CASA before.
«I guess I am a bit of an atypical scientist. I mostly enjoy the early research phase, that is, getting an overview and figuring out how to approach a problem. I like to quickly test possible approaches and have this childish joy of creating and trying new things», Olufsen said in an interview back then.
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NEW CHALLENGES AHEAD
No wonder, then, that he is excited to join Freyr. The company focuses on battery cells for stationary energy storage (ESS), electric mobility, and marine applications. Their aim is to build up to be a big player in the rapidly growing global battery market.
«The big difference for me will probably be that my tasks are to a greater extent governed by the company’s needs and not necessarily what I find most exciting. This will be a contrast to a post-doc position. Also, I guess the pace will much higher».