- Master's Degree
- Bachelor's Degree
- Doctoral Degree
- Communication Skills
- Data Collection
- Microsoft Office
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First Solar’s research and development (R&D) department seeks candidates who believe in our mission of providing cost-advantaged solar technology through innovation, customer engagement, industry leadership, and operational excellence.
Technology is among the strongest levers for driving the overall cost of solar energy. Through innovation in both areas of module and balance-of-systems (BoS), the R&D team is driving an innovative photovoltaic (PV) system roadmap that will create a compelling and differentiated product for our customers. By investing significantly in advanced semi-conductor research, the R&D team has revolutionized our core cadmium-telluride (CdTe) thin-film technology. With the help of our R&D team, First Solar will continue to introduce new innovative products and solutions to increase solar penetration into the global energy mix. By co-locating R&D with manufacturing, we are able to transition technological advancements in the lab into production quickly and efficiently.
The R&D team looks for individuals who enjoy contributing to an innovative, forward-thinking team, are effective problem solvers, data and results-driven and continuously look for ways to improve processes to help us lead the world’s sustainable energy future.
Design, model, prototype, and test non-conventional solar cells
Coordinate external development work with domestic and international (Europe, Asia) research and development organizations and universities
Closely collaborate with senior development-engineering staff in the development of novel solar-module architectures and build prototypes
Experience and Education
The level of the role will be commensurate with the education and experience of the selected candidate. The minimum qualifications to be considered are as follows:
Bachelor Degree in an engineering discipline like electrical engineering, applied physics, mechanical engineering, or similar technical discipline, with 5 years of technical work experience as an Engineer or 2 years as a Development Engineer I with First Solar
Master Degree in an engineering discipline or similar technical discipline, with 3 years of technical work experience as an Engineer or 2 years as a Development Engineer I with First Solar
PhD in an engineering discipline with 2 years of industrial work experience
Modeling of solar cells (Atlas, Quokka or similar tools)
Fabrication of solar cells (silicon or thin-film)
Advanced characterization of solar cells using techniques like IV, CV, QE, UV-Vis, EL, PL
Advanced metrology, data collection, and failure analysis using electrical, optical and electron-beam probes
Fabrication of solar cells
Modeling of solar cells and experimental validation of these models
Programming: Matlab, Python or similar
Excellent knowledge of photovoltaic device physics
Self-starter who can work independently
Excellent communication skills with internal and external partners and customers
Proven organizational skills
Knowledge of MS Office software
Essential Functions & Responsibilities
Ownership of solar-cell design, prototype, and testing
Management of external research and development resources
May train, mentor, and manage junior associates
Comply with the company’s Environmental, Quality, Safety or any other policies that have been enforced
Frequent domestic and international travel required
Will sit, stand or walk short distances for up to the entire duration of a shift
Will climb stairs on an occasional basis
Will lift, push or pull up to 27 pounds on an occasional basis
Required to use hands to grasp, lift, handle, carry or feel objects on a frequent basis
20/40 vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required
Must be able to comply with all safety standards and procedures
May reach above shoulder heights and below the waist on a frequent basis
May stoop, kneel, or bend, on an occasional basis
Ability to wear personal protective equipment is required (including but not limited to: steel-toed shoes, gloves, safety glasses, hearing protection, protective jacket or apron, and arm guards)
All associates working on the production floor may be required to wear a respirator at any given time and thus, the ability to wear a respirator is a condition of employment and continued employment (requires little or no facial hair)
Please note: potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role. All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check, pre-employment drug screen, and any other test that may be required for the role.
Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:
First Solar Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion are driving forces in the success of our company.