VP of Perovskite R&D

The Position

We are looking for a talented Vice President to work on our Perovskite R&D Team. The VP of R&D will be part of an elite team of R&D scientists and device engineers, and will have ample opportunity to work closely with other subject and process experts, as well as a larger team of electrical, mechanical, and software engineers. Internal collaboration as well as with external parties and equipment vendors is an essential element of the job.

Previous hands on experience with the following:

  • Synthesize both novel and common materials for perovskite solar cell development and manufacturing.
  • Develop synthesis procedures and quality control checks as well as characterize and stabilize a range of chemical systems for the production of perovskite solar cells including: inks, (nano)crystals, precursors, solvent systems, and oxide semiconductors.
  • Scale up procedures and syntheses from lab-scale to manufacturing scale.
  • Exhibit a high regard for the importance of safety and cleanliness both in their workspace and products.
  • Train team members to use processes the chemist developed, point out any potential for danger during these processes, and work with the safety coordinator to mitigate any perceived dangers.
  • Alter material properties to improve solar cell performance metrics and durability based on feedback from the CTO and other technical team members. The materials development will provide feedback in a cycle of fabrication and characterization that pushes the boundaries of what is commercially possible.

This position will have the opportunity to interface with virtually all facets of the business, from research to process development to manufacturing and quality control, and your efforts will be visible to the entire company, ranging from technicians to executive management.

The Requirements

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or a closely related field; MS with 5+ years of relevant work experience, including leading teams.
  • Has mastered one or multiple fields of chemistry: organic, inorganic, analytical and physical.
  • Competence in material characterization and analysis methods: NMR, XRD, UV-Vis-NIR, FTIR, PL, ICP-MS, XPS, etc.
  • Competence in the use and maintenance for most of these core tools: gloveboxes, fume hoods, electrochemical cells, Schlenk lines, vacuum systems, annealing furnaces, X-ray diffractometers, spectrometers, and spectrophotometers.
  • Experience with photovoltaics especially perovskites is a significant advantage. Device fabrication experience preferred but not required.
  • Respond to fabrication, characterization, modeling, and analysis needs within a fast-paced R&D environment
  • Ability to perform data processing in timely fashion and disseminate results in oral and written formats.
  • A demonstrated ability to solve problems using multidisciplinary and hands-on approaches.
  • Proven track record of working closely with third parties like equipment vendors and/or research institutes.
  • Eager to work in a collaborative lab environment and translate your ideas into results.
  • Hand-on experience with one or multiple of the following techniques is a plus: nanocrystal synthesis, ALD or sputtering, electrochemical methods, thin film fabrication (such as spin coating, blade coating, or slot-die coating).

Senior Perovskite Scientist

The Position 

 We are looking for a talented Senior Chemist to work on our Perovskite R&D Team. The main responsibilities of this role include: 

  • Synthesize both novel and common materials for perovskite solar cell development and manufacturing. 
  • Develop synthesis procedures and quality control checks as well as characterize and stabilize a range of chemical systems for the production of perovskite solar cells including: inks, (nano)crystals, precursors, solvent systems, and oxide semiconductors. 
  • Scale up procedures and syntheses from lab-scale to manufacturing scale. 
  • Exhibit a high regard for the importance of safety and cleanliness both in their workspace and products. 
  • Train team members to use processes the chemist developed, point out any potential for danger during these processes, and work with the safety coordinator to mitigate any perceived dangers. 
  • Alter material properties to improve solar cell performance metrics and durability based on feedback from the CTO and other technical team members. The materials development will provide feedback in a cycle of fabrication and characterization that pushes the boundaries of what is commercially possible. 

The Senior Chemist will be part of an elite team of R&D scientists and device engineers, and will have ample opportunity to work closely with other subject and process experts, as well as a larger team of electrical, mechanical, and software engineers. Internal collaboration as well as with external parties and equipment vendors is an essential element of the job. 

This position reports directly to the Team Materials Project Technology Lead, but will have the opportunity to interface with virtually all facets of the business, from research to process development to manufacturing and quality control, and your efforts will be visible to the entire company, ranging from technicians to senior management. 

The Requirements 

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or a closely related field; MS with 5+ years of relevant work experience 
  • Has mastered one or multiple fields of chemistry: organic, inorganic, analytical and physical. 
  • Competence in material characterization and analysis methods: NMR, XRD, UV-Vis-NIR, FTIR, PL, ICP-MS, XPS, etc. 
  • Competence in the use and maintenance for most of these core tools: gloveboxes, fume hoods, electrochemical cells, Schlenk lines, vacuum systems, annealing furnaces, X-ray diffractometers, spectrometers, and spectrophotometers. 
  • Experience with photovoltaics especially perovskites is a significant advantage. Device fabrication experience preferred but not required. 
  • Respond to fabrication, characterization, modeling, and analysis needs within a fast-paced R&D environment 
  • Ability to perform data processing in timely fashion and disseminate results in oral and written formats. 
  • A demonstrated ability to solve problems using multidisciplinary and hands-on approaches. 
  • Proven track record of working closely with third parties like equipment vendors and/or research institutes. 
  • Eager to work in a collaborative lab environment and translate your ideas into results. 
  • Hand-on experience with one or multiple of the following techniques is a plus: nanocrystal synthesis, ALD or sputtering, electrochemical methods, thin film fabrication (such as spin coating, blade coating, or slot-die coating). 

Senior Device Physicist

The Position 

 The Device Physicist is responsible for setup, developing recipes, measurement, and training team members on advanced characterization methods of semiconductor materials and devices. Using feedback from the CTO and other technical team members, the device physicist will assist in the characterization and data processing and thus understanding of novel materials and devices, especially perovskites and perovskite solar cells. The insights yielded by analysis of measured properties will provide feedback in a cycle of fabrication and characterization that informs new development. 

The Device Physicist will be part of an elite team of R&D scientists and device engineers, and will have ample opportunity to work closely with other subject and process experts, as well as a larger team of electrical, mechanical, and software engineers. Internal collaboration as well as with external parties and equipment vendors is an essential element of the job. 

This position reports directly to the Team Cell Project Technology Lead, but you will have the opportunity to interface with virtually all facets of the business, from research to process development to manufacturing and quality control, and your efforts will be visible to the entire company, ranging from technicians to senior management. 

The Requirements 

  • Ph.D. (or BS/MS with 10+ years experience) in Physics, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics, or Electrical Engineering 
  • Competence in the setup, maintenance, and training for most of these core instruments: source meters, LCR meter, X-ray diffractometer, spectrometers, spectrophotometer, spectrofluorometer, profilometer, thermoelectric chiller, cameras. 
  • Competence in the measurement of most of these basic characterization methods: current-voltage, admittance, capacitance-voltage, equivalent-circuit analysis, X-ray diffraction pattern, UV-Vis-NIR absorption, transmission, and reflection, photoluminescence, surface roughness. 
  • Additionally, the candidate should be an expert in at least one of the following specializations: o Advanced electronic characterization: Seebeck effect, Hall effect, carrier mobility, carrier lifetime, carrier concentration, energy level offsets, band alignment, defect transition energies, scanning probe techniques, eddy current probe, photoelectron spectroscopy, low-temperature measurements, temperature-dependent measurements, 
    • Advanced optical characterization: Ellipsometry, Laser-beam induced current, Dark lock-in infrared thermography, transient absorptance, transient reflectance, time-resolved photoluminescence, time-resolved microwave conductivity 
    • Electrochemical methods: cyclic-voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, Mott-Schottky Analysis 
    • Vapor-phase deposition methods: either Atomic Layer Deposition or Sputtering. 
    • Data science: Machine learning, (un)supervised learning, programming (python and C/C++/C# preferred), analysis of large data sets, creating data dashboards, clustering, regression, classification 
    • If a strong case can be made that another specialization would provide critical information about the materials and properties of a perovskite solar cell that would be considered as well. 
  • Respond to characterization, modeling, and analysis needs within a fast-paced R&D environment 
  • Experience with photovoltaics especially perovskites is a significant advantage. Device fabrication experience preferred but not required. 
  • Stand, sit, or walk for long periods of time performing laboratory work 
  • Complete tasks in a timely fashion 
  • Communicate the findings to technical staff in presentation format 
  • Exemplify team work and strong work ethic