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Development Engineer II (Polymer Chemist)

Company: First Solar
Location: Perrysburg
Posted on: November 24, 2022

Job Description:

Basic Job Functions:

  • Perform material and device research to enhance thin film solar cell performance and stability and to reduce manufacturing cost.
  • Responsible for projects or functions that are enablers to department goals and deliverables.
  • Plan, execute and characterize development engineering experiments in the laboratory and manufacturing environment.
  • Perform analysis of experimental data, organize information into a written report and present outcomes to cross functional technical teams
  • Applies statistical and engineering methods to optimize organizational effectiveness. Improves methods for use by others.Education and Experience:
    • Associate's Degree in an engineering discipline or similar technical discipline and 15 years of relevant technical experience or 2 years of experience as a Development Engineer I at First Solar.
    • Bachelor's Degree in an engineering discipline or similar technical discipline and 5 years of relevant technical experience or 2 years of experience as a Development Engineer I at First Solar.
    • Master's Degree in an engineering discipline or similar technical discipline and 3 years of relevant technical experience or 2 years of experience as a Development Engineer I at First Solar.
    • Ph.D. in an engineering discipline or similar technical discipline, without prior technical work experience.Required Skills/Competencies:
      • Comprehensive understanding of polymer chemistry, functional polymer material and applications development with functional polymers.
        • Experience with hydrogel polymers desired
        • Expert and hands on experience in laboratory or manufacturing environment.
          • Integration of functional materials/polymer films in microelectronic, MEMS, or other devices
          • Strong analytical skills to process and interpret complex data. Can develop new algorithms and tools to enable others.
          • Ability to independently make and execute detailed plans to achieve objectives with strong sense of ownership.
          • Good communication skills across organizations.
          • A strong commitment to safety in the workplaceEssential Responsibilities
            • Identify opportunities for improvement in solar cell efficiency, material selection and process/equipment design through engineering, scientific or empirical methods.
            • Apply state of the art techniques for material analysis, statistical analysis of data or execution/planning of experiments. Develop a work plan that can address problems with well understood solution paths.
            • May be responsible to determine and evaluate material specification for improved performance. May be responsible to determine and evaluate tool/equipment specifications.
            • Effective communicator with internal and external partners and customers. Effective team member that can support cross-functional projects and take ownership of sub-deliverables.
            • May train, mentor and manage junior associates.
            • Complies with Company's Environmental, Quality, Safety or any other policies that have been enforced.
            • Other duties as assigned.
            • Job description subject to change at any time.US Physical Requirements:
              • 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)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 band any other tests that may be required.Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: First Solar is an Equal Opportunity Employer 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 is a driving force in the success of our company.

Keywords: First Solar, Toledo , Development Engineer II (Polymer Chemist), Engineering , Perrysburg, Ohio

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