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Thin-film Process Technician - Swift Solar

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Job Title
Thin-film Process 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 process technician, you will run one of the main thin-film deposition tools at Swift. You will also help with other tools and maintenance tasks to ensure high R&D throughput and reliable processing. Working at an early-stage startup, you will have the opportunity to get involved in many aspects of the company’s technical development and internal operations.

On a typical day, you will review experimental plans with Swift’s process engineers and scientists, execute these plans, document the experiments in detail, and report your results to other team members involved in the process. You will be responsible for helping evaluate data, documenting and reporting any observations made during operation, and giving input on follow-up experiments. As a primary operator of the tool, you will manage and communicate supply needs, workflows, results, and tool output. You will help keep the tool running smoothly and efficiently; for example, you may perform some tool-related maintenance tasks, troubleshoot equipment breakdowns, and work closely with the equipment team. While operating thin-film deposition equipment will be your primary responsibility, you will also help with shared technician team tasks like substrate preparation and sample storage. Taking organized notes, documenting procedures, communicating your work, and managing your time effectively are key parts of the job.

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 2+ years of hands-on experience working as a technician in a technical field such as solar, semiconductor, or battery  R&D and manufacturing
  • Have exceptional time management skills, are proactive, and detail oriented
  • Are able to operate in rapidly changing environment
  • Are able to collaborate with scientists on experiments by following complex and varying instructions and reporting status updates and results
  • Are familiar with good safety practices in a laboratory environment
  • Consider yourself to be growth-minded and welcome feedback

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

  • Experience with thin film deposition equipment operation 
  • Knowledge of the basic vacuum technology concepts and fundamentals
  • Knowledge and ability to perform maintenance and troubleshooting on vacuum tools 
  • Experience with thin film metrology tools 
  • Chemical handling experience
  • 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: 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