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R&D Scientist - Swift Solar

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Job Title
R&D Scientist
Job Location
San Carlos, California, United States
Job Description

About the company

At Swift Solar, we’re building the future of solar. Solar energy has vast untapped potential to reduce inequity and protect planetary health in the face of global climate change. We believe that today’s solar technology is good but not good enough. And we believe that what we build today should serve humanity forever. 

Swift’s perovskite tandem technology breaks through the performance limits of existing solar technologies. By making solar better—more efficient, more affordable, and more widely accessible—we hope to help create a world where all energy is clean energy. 

Swift Solar is a mission-focused startup funded by committed investors. We know it’s a long journey to take a new clean energy technology to market, and we’re in it for the long haul together. If you join us, you’ll play a meaningful role in taking Swift’s impact to the next level.

A day in the life

Swift Solar’s R&D team is at the forefront of development of efficient, stable, and manufacturing-ready perovskite tandem solar cells. As an R&D scientist at Swift, you will join this team to advance the state of the art in perovskite solar PV technology. Your role will involve characterizing solar cell materials and devices to understand their limitations and designing materials or processing methods to overcome these. You will work to translate results from the latest academic literature into commercially viable and scalable technology. You will work closely with the rest of the team - with perovskite deposition scientists to understand materials and interfaces in our devices, with engineers to build experimental setups, and with external academic and industry collaborators to perform targeted characterization and development. You might also work with chemical suppliers to design new materials to achieve higher performance, stability, or scalability. 

As an early hire, you’ll help craft Swift’s culture. In this role you’ll be interacting with every part of the company, which will naturally lead to many opportunities to grow your own skills and responsibilities. We encourage you to take full advantage of these opportunities.

You might be a good fit if you have…

  • A Ph.D. or equivalent research experience in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, or a related subject
  • A positive and persistent attitude and a track record of good teamwork and collaboration
  • Rigorous knowledge of scientific experimentation and analysis and clear communication of plans, scientific information, and results 
  • Demonstrated deep knowledge of solar cell device physics and of fabrication and characterization of efficient solar cells

A strong candidate might bring one or more of the following…

  • Deep knowledge of chemistry, especially around molecular design, processing, or characterization of selective contact layers in thin film solar cells. 
    • Knowledge of how they interact with halide perovskite materials is an added plus.
  • 3+ years professional experience in academic or industrial research on solar cell device physics, chemistry, or thin film semiconductor development
  • Specific research experience in fabrication and optimization of highly efficient perovskite tandem solar cells
  • Experience with physical or chemical vapor deposition methods
  • Experience with wet processing of semiconductor wafers

The logistics

  • Compensation: competitive package including salary, equity, and benefits
    • Expected Pay Range: $120,000 - $135,000 per year
  • Ideal start date: March - May 2024
  • Job type: Full-time
  • Location: San Carlos, CA (Swift Solar HQ)

What you’ll love about Swift

  • Culture: We live by our values. You’ll feel right at home if you want to serve the future, get better every day, respect your colleagues, and have fun.
  • Health benefits: We cover 100% of monthly premiums for HMO and PPO group healthcare plan options and 75% of dental and vision insurance costs for employees.
  • Your future, supported: We offer 401(k) plans and match 100% of your retirement contributions up to 4% of your earnings.
  • Clean commuter benefits: We’re all about clean energy. We make it easy and cheap to ride your bike or take public transit to work.
  • Growth mindset: You’ll grow your skills, your network, and your perspective at Swift. We’ll support you in attending conferences and taking online courses, as long as you share your new insights with the team.

Swift is an equal opportunity employer. We value an inclusive work environment and welcome team members of all backgrounds and perspectives.

Even if this isn’t the right job for you, we’re always looking for good people. Please check out other career opportunities on our website and email us at careers@swiftsolar.com with any questions. And if you have a friend who would be a perfect fit, send them this link. Thanks!

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Swift Solar Headquarters Location

San Carlos, CA

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Swift Solar Company Size

Between 20 - 50 employees

Swift Solar Founded Year


Swift Solar Total Amount Raised


Swift Solar Funding Rounds

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  • Undisclosed

    $24,618,692 USD

  • Grant

    $1,000,000 USD

  • Seed

    $8,162,512 USD

  • Grant

    $225,000 USD

  • Seed

    $7,000,000 USD