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Stability Technician - Swift Solar

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Job Title
Stability Technician
Job Location
San Carlos, California, United States
Job Description

About the company

At Swift Solar, we’re building the future of solar. We believe that 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 are helping to 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

As a stability technician at Swift, you will be responsible for executing in-house accelerated stability tests for our solar cells. Your responsibilities include loading and unloading solar cells and modules from various setups where they are aged under different conditions, then measuring and documenting changes in the solar cells upon aging. Working at an early-stage startup, you will play a key role in the company’s technical development.

On a typical day, you will review the status for all stability tests and plan your day to encompass any scheduled loads/unloads for the day, while keeping detailed documentation of your work. Based on instructions from scientists, you will apply thin-film and device characterization techniques to fresh and aged solar cells and modules to help the team understand potential degradation mechanisms. You will also perform minor maintenance procedures on stability equipment as needed to ensure smooth operation.

As an early hire, you’ll help craft Swift’s culture and technical directions. As our team grows, we’ll expect you to help mentor and set an example for new team members. You will find many opportunities to grow your own skills and capabilities, and we encourage you to take full advantage of them.

You might be a good fit if you... 

  • Have hands-on experience working in a technical field such as solar, semiconductor or battery R&D and manufacturing
  • Have experience with thin-film materials characterization techniques
  • Are highly detail oriented and able to carefully execute complex instructions without errors
  • Have exceptional time management skills, i.e. you organize tasks by order of importance and schedule enough time to complete each one
  • Are able to collaborate with scientists on experiments by following varying instructions, as well as reporting status updates and results
  • Are able to operate in rapidly changing environment
  • Are proactive, hard-working, coachable, and motivated to make an impact on climate change

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

  • 2+ years of experience with thin-film materials characterization techniques such as XRD, UV-vis, ellipsometry, fluorescence spectroscopy, or 4-point probe measurements
  • Experience working in a glovebox
  • Experience in maintenance and troubleshooting on technical equipment
  • Familiarity with safety practices typical in laboratory environment containing various chemicals, being a role model for following good safety practices
  • An understanding of why solving climate change is an urgent and critical challenge 

The logistics

  • Compensation: Competitive package including salary, equity, and benefits
    • Expected Pay Range: $32.69 - $44.71 per hour
  • Ideal start date: April 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

2017

Swift Solar Total Amount Raised

$41,006,204

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