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**Staff Process Development Engineer

Date: May 17, 2023

Location: San Jose, CA, US, 95134

Company: Maxeon


Maxeon Solar Technologies is a global leader in solar innovation. Built from 35 years of boundary-pushing solar innovation, Maxeon designs, manufactures, and sells industry-leading SunPower branded solar products. Maxeon is Powering Positive Change every day with a brilliant, passionate and driven team of more than 5,000 people globally.


We push the boundaries, taking solar technology higher, faster, and farther than before.

We hold ourselves to a higher standard, striving for the highest integrity, safety, and quality.

We thrive together as a global team, embracing our diverse backgrounds to make a positive impact on the world. 





As a Laser Process Development Engineer within the SunPower R&D team, you will be responsible for laser processing innovations to lower the cost structure and enhance the performance and reliability of SunPower’s current and next generation solar cell technologies. You will work in all facets of photovoltaic device processing and integration related to laser process technology. You will be primarily responsible for developing and optimizing robust processes through rigorous characterization and statistical validation before ramping them into high volume manufacturing. In addition, you will be responsible for initializing new concepts and contributing to technology roadmaps. You will work with equipment, integration and reliability engineers to assess and develop necessary toolsets and metrology to achieve these objectives. You will be challenged by new materials, applications and device architectures where you are expected to contribute heavily.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Primary responsibility is the development and assessment of novel techniques for the application of laser processing to solve key technical issues to meet solar cell product requirements of efficiency, cost, reliability and quality.
  • Integration of new processes with upstream and downstream processing
  • Optimization of processes using statistical design 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 clearly and concisely, with recommendations
  • Owing 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 Requirements:

  • B.S degree in Materials Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering or related fields and 5-8 years of related experience OR M.S. degree and 3-6 years OR Ph.D and 0-3 years
  • Broad knowledge of industrial laser processes and equipment
  • Self-starter and flexible, creative problem solver, able to adapt to unexpected situations to get results.
  • Team player, positive outlook, good at working with diverse groups.
  • Excellent communicator, both in oral presentations and written reports
  • Willing to travel up to 25% of the time.


Preferred Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in Materials Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering or related fields.
  • 2+ years’ experience with process or equipment development in industrial semiconductor R&D environment.
  • Solar cell device physics background or equivalent (i.e. semiconductor physics)
  • Experience with problem-solving methodologies to quickly identify issues and root cause resolution.
  • Engineering statistics and experience with statistical software (e.g. JMP)
  • Experience with statistical process control (SPC) in a production environment a plus



Safety Compliance

Your safety is our number one priority at Maxeon. All our employees must complete regular workplace safety training and comply with our mandatory safety standards.


Equal Employment Opportunity


It is Maxeon’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all applicants and employees. Maxeon will not tolerate unlawful discrimination against any applicant or employee because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, age, religion, disability, family care status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by national, local, state or federal laws or regulations.

Nearest Major Market: San Jose
Nearest Secondary Market: Palo Alto

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