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Manager- Device Research USA | First Solar | Perrysburg, OH

First Solar reserves the right to offer you a role most applicable to your experience and skillset.

Basic Job Functions:

Self-motivated and proven leader responsible for technology exploration of a thin-film photovoltaic cell technology.


  • BS in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Applied Science or equivalent, with MSc or PhD preferred.
  • 5+ years industry experience working in a Device Development, Process Integration, Or Process Development.
  • PV, Semiconductor / Thin Film / Electronics Related Industry Preferred.
  • Management in the area of Device Integration or Device Development Preferred
  • Experience in Semiconductor Industry or PV Technology Industry in the following areas is strongly preferred:
    • Thin Film Deposition Processes & Process Control
    • Solid State Device Characterization
    • Device Fa and Material Characterization

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Proven ability to integrate several process development activities in parallel.
  • Understanding of solid-state device physics
  • Thin-film polycrystalline experience highly desirable.
  • Experiment planning and prioritization skills.  Ability to assess experimental risk, scopes, and timelines and to plan accordingly.
  • Proficient in optical, electrical, and opto-electronic properties of photovoltaic devices.
  • Possess excellent data handling, organization, and communication skills.
  • Advanced understanding of process equipment, engineering techniques and practices.
  • Experience in thin film deposition methods and processes.
  • Fundamental understanding of material and device characterization as well as FA.
  • Proven competency in statistical process optimization and data analysis.  Understanding of multivariate analysis, regression analysis, design of experiments (DOE).
  • Experience using statistical software (JMP preferred).
  • Proven skills in problem solving and root cause analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and motivate others to accomplish objectives and gain desired results.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Direct or matrix manage a team of cross functional engineers. Define specific and quantifiable objectives for each individual team member as well as for the team.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills to ensure effective co-operation of interdepartmental teams.
  • Responsible for effective communication between teams, foster team building, encourage creativity and out of the box thinking.
  • Effectively interface with other functional areas in support of development activities
  • Ensure adherence to program goals and schedules.
  • Prioritize experiments and activities
  • Integrate FA, material and device characteristics and process data to determine the mechanisms and root causes of failures and resulting film and device properties.
  • Ensure adherence to all safety procedures and housekeeping standards.
  • Demonstrate creativity via novel ideas adding to the First Solar’s IP portfolio.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Job description subject to change at any time.

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