• First Solar
  • $92,340.00 -131,690.00/year*
  • Perrysburg , OH
  • Engineering
  • Full-Time
  • 739 Louisiana Ave

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Our high growth and leadership position in the renewable energy business offers outstanding opportunities to individuals seeking an exciting work environment in one of the most important industries for the 21st century. First Solar is a leader in the development and manufacturing of thin film solar modules used in grid-connected solar power plants, as well as a provider of complete solar generation solutions for U.S. utilities. Our culture is one where teamwork, continuous improvement, achievement of results, and environmental responsibility are core values. We are seeking new associates who are motivated to contribute their talents to making cost-effective solar energy an important part of the worlds energy mix.


Primary Job Functions:

Basic Job Functions:

  • Perform material and device research to enhance thin film solar cell performance and stability, and to reduce manufacturing cost.
  • Plan, execute and characterize development engineering experiments in the laboratory and manufacturing environment.
  • Write scripts (JMP, SAS, SQL, etc.) to analyze production data to find trends in noisy data.
  • Screen new lasers, set up test bench, drive experiment (design and execution), data analysis and clear conclusions to drive cell/module performance enhancement.
  • Comply with the companys Environmental, Quality, Safety or any other policies that have been enforced.

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelors Degree requiredin an engineering discipline 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 in the fields of Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Applied Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field without experience.

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Hands-on experience with lasers and optics
  • Familiar with LabVIEW and microcontroller programming
  • Familiar with statistical data analysis and process control
  • Familiar with hetero-junction semiconductor device physics fundamentals and device characterization
  • Good communication skills. Can produce clear data, presentations, and reports, as well as oral presentations.
  • Good interpersonal skills, including working with cross-functional teams. Other behaviors include, integrative thinking, driven, results oriented, self-awareness, mentor others, and willing to make changes.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Define/Design and execute experiments, and multi-experimental plans.
  • Regular literature survey and reporting out to the team expected.
  • Drive process optimization and device integration to improve solar cell device performance.
  • Analyze and interpret data from material and optoelectronics measurements and device physics fundamentals to determine device and materials issues with solar cells, films, and surfaces
  • Identify opportunities for improvement in solar cell efficiency, material selection, and process and equipment design
  • Ensure adherence to all Safety Procedures and Housekeeping standards
  • Other duties as assigned stress is one being extremely hands on. This is NOT a desk job.
  • Job description subject to change at any time.

Reporting Relationships:

  • This position will report to the Laser Process Development Manager
  • Work hours are 11:30 AM to 7:30 PM; Occasional weekend work may be needed to fast track time sensitive gates.


  • 5 -10% travel may be required

US Physical Requirements:

Hybrid 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 and 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.

Associated topics: bsee, design, dsp, kv, plc, power, rf, schema, wire, wiring

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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