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R&D Engineer -Thin Films
SAN JOSE CA 95115
Category: Manufacturing
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Job code: lhw-e0-90669155

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  Job posted:   Thu Jun 7, 2018
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R&D Engineer -Thin Films
Do you want to change the world? We do, too.


The energy market is roughly $4 trillion globally, and solar penetration is less than 1%. But just one hour of sunlight, if harnessed, could power the entire world for a year. We have the opportunity to completely change the way energy is produced, distributed and consumed on a global scale, and we're looking for talented, committed people to help us drive our growth and achieve our goals.


SunPower is a global solar energy solutions company with a rich heritage of pioneering the best energy technologies in the world. Our solutions are unrivaled in terms of long-term reliability, efficiency and guaranteed performance, and our company is unmatched in terms of global reach and scale. Through design, manufacturing, installation and ongoing maintenance and monitoring, SunPower provides its proprietary, world-record efficient solar technology to residential, commercial and utility customers worldwide.


SunPower is changing the way our world is powered every day with a brilliant, passionate and driven team of more than 7,000 in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. In an industry that is reshaping the world's energy future, there's no better place to be than SunPower.


We believe that our employees create our brand - with each project, each communication, each task completed and each interaction. Experience is critical to SunPower in regards to not only our customers but also our employees and dealer partners. As such, we strive to hire candidates that are service focused. The experience we would expect the ideal person to deliver is:


As a Thin Film R&D Process Engineer within SunPower's solar cell R&D team, you will be a key contributor on a team that is innovating and improving thin film deposition processing, equipment and metrology for current and next generation solar cell technologies. You will become and expert in all facets of photovoltaic device processing and integration relating to thin film technology. This includes establishing robust thin film deposition processes through rigorous characterization and statistical validation before ramping them into high volume manufacturing. You will team with equipment, integration and reliability engineers to assess and develop necessary films, metrology and toolsets to achieve these objectives. You will grow to have a significant role in initializing new concepts and contributing to technology roadmaps, in addition to your responsibilities for process development and optimization. The team will be challenged by new materials, applications and device architectures where you will be expected to contribute heavily.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


+ Primary responsibility is the development novel thin films materials & deposition techniques to improve efficiency, cost, reliability and quality of solar cells and modules, including:

+ Investigating and assessing new plasma and non-plasma based deposited thin films and equipment for performance, reliability and cost of operation.

+ Integration of these new processes to upstream and downstream processing and product requirements.

+ Optimization of processes using designing of experiments (DOE)

+ Establishing proper Statistical Process Control (SPC) schemes for new processes

+ Coordinating/executing experiments in the laboratory, at production sites and at vendor sites

+ Analyzing and presenting data with recommendations

+ Owning a project from initial development through transfer to high volume manufacturing (HVM)

+ Communicating within a development team, with internal project customers and with outside vendors


Qualifications and Experience


**Minimum Education and Experience:**


+ B.S. degree in Engineering and 4+ years of related experience or M.S. Degree and 2+ years or Ph.D. and 0+ years

+ OR equivalent combination of education and years of related experience


**Basic Requirements:**


+ Ph.D. degree in Materials Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering or related fields, or B.S. and 5+ years of relevant experience.

+ Experience with deposition and characterization (e.g. structural, chemical, optical, and/or electrical) of thin films.

+ Self-starter, comfortable with owning a development project.

+ Flexible, creative problem solver, willing to adapt to unexpected situations to get results.

+ Team player, positive outlook, good at working with diverse groups.

+ Excellent communicator, both in presentations and written reports.

+ Willing to travel up to 20% of the time.


**Preferred Requirements:**


+ Hands on, practical experience with materials/process development and problem troubleshooting on vacuum based plasma deposition tools (e.g. PVD or PECVD).

+ Solar cell device physics background or equivalent (i.e. semiconductor physics) a plus.

+ Demonstrated failure analysis work in which the candidate was responsible for choosing the best samples and metrology to quickly identify issues and root cause resolution.

+ 2+ years' experience in semiconductor research and development environment preferred.

+ Engineering statistics and experience with statistical software (e.g. JMP) a plus.


**Equal Employment Opportunity**

The Company is an equal employment opportunity employer and makes employment decisions, including but not limited to, hiring, firing, promotion, demotion, training, and/or compensation, on the basis of merit. Employment decisions are based on an individual's qualifications as they relate to the job under consideration. The Company's policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions, the actual sex of the individual, or the gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, including religious dress practices and religious grooming practices, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, familial status, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected veteran or military status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws, ordinances, or regulations. The Company is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of the Company and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of the Company, including supervisors and co-workers.


**EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled**


**SunPower Supports EEO** at


**Accommodation for Applicants to SunPower Corporation**

SunPower Corporation is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in job application procedures. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, you may use the following alternative email address to contact us about your interest in employment at SunPower Corporation: jobs@sunpower.com. Please indicate in the subject that line of your email that you are requesting accommodation. Only candidates being considered for a position who require an accommodation will receive a follow-up response.

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