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Staff Engineer (Module Process)

Req ID:  78301

Do you want to change the world? We do, too.
The energy market is roughly $4 trillion globally, and solar penetration is less than 1%.  But just one hour of sunlight, if harnessed, could power the entire world for a year. We have the opportunity to completely change the way energy is produced, distributed and consumed on a global scale, and we’re looking for talented, committed people to help us drive our growth and achieve our goals.
SunPower is a global solar energy solutions company with a rich heritage of pioneering the best energy technologies in the world. Our solutions are unrivaled in terms of long-term reliability, efficiency and guaranteed performance, and our company is unmatched in terms of global reach and scale. Through design, manufacturing, installation and ongoing maintenance and monitoring, SunPower provides its proprietary, world-record efficient solar technology to residential, commercial and utility customers worldwide.
SunPower is changing the way our world is powered every day with a brilliant, passionate and driven team of more than 2,000 in North America and the Phillipines. In an industry that is reshaping the world’s energy future, there’s no better place to be than SunPower.
We believe that our employees create our brand – with each project, each communication, each task completed and each interaction. Experience is critical to SunPower in regards to not only our customers but also our employees and dealer partners. As such, we strive to hire candidates that are service focused. The experience we would expect the ideal person to deliver is:


SunPower is seeking a Senior Staff Process Engineer for the Module R&D department.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following (other duties may be assigned)

Work with a cross-functional team of Cell scientists, Module engineers and Product managers to design and deploy next-generation solar products

Innovate and develop new techniques, equipment and tooling for high-volume manufacturing of next-gen solar products

Drive projects from ideation, design, testing, prototyping, validation, toward knowledge transfer to factory R&D and NPI

Provide leadership in the area of process, material, productization, reliability and performance monitoring




Minimum requirements - The least amount of skills and training candidates must have to do a specific job. Candidates not meeting these requirements will not be hired for this position.

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Material Science, Physics or equivalent, or M.S. graduates with 3 years of working experience

3 years+ of research or industry experience in PV related process or equipment development

Proven track record of highly significant advanced Solar PV innovation or breakthroughs in highly complex technical problems

Knowledge of in material development, productization, accelerated testing, product lifetime, and modeling

Able to go to lab, design and execute experiments, collect and analyze data, and report experimental results

Knowledge of MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint) required

Good working attitude, able to multi-task a variety of projects

Quick learner, self-starter, independent, able to work and deliver results with minimum supervision

Experienced in 8D, interdisciplinary problem solving, Solidworks


Preferred requirements

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Material Science, Physics or equivalent with 3 years of working experience, or M.S. graduates with 6 years of working experience

6 years+ of research or industry experience in PV related process development

PV technology R&D breadth encompassing both cell and module technology at an advanced level

Experience in leading manufacturing team, process scale-up from R&D to high-volume manufacturing

Experience in design and modeling real-world performance + experimental validation

Knowledge of JMP or equivalent data analysis tool

Equal Employment Opportunity
The Company is an equal employment opportunity employer and makes employment decisions, including but not limited to, hiring, firing, promotion, demotion, training, and/or compensation, on the basis of merit. Employment decisions are based on an individual’s qualifications as they relate to the job under consideration. The Company’s policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions, the actual sex of the individual, or the gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, including religious dress practices and religious grooming practices, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, familial status, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected veteran or military status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws, ordinances, or regulations. The Company is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of the Company and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of the Company, including supervisors and co-workers.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

SunPower Supports EEO

Accommodation for Applicants to SunPower Corporation
SunPower Corporation is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in job application procedures. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, you may use the following alternative email address to contact us about your interest in employment at SunPower Corporation: Please indicate in the subject that line of your email that you are requesting accommodation. Only candidates being considered for a position who require an accommodation will receive a follow-up response.



Availability of Affirmative Action Plan for Review

SunPower is a federal government contractor. As a part of the Company’s obligations under law, it must develop a written Affirmative Action Program (AAP) for the Disabled, Recently Separated Veterans, Armed Forces Service Medal Veterans, Disabled Veterans and Active Duty Wartime Or Campaign Badge Veterans and for Women and Minorities as specified by law. Non-confidential and non-proprietary aspects of the AAP are available for inspection by applicants and employees, consistent with applicable law, which will be made available during office hours by contacting the EEO Officer.




SunPower Values

  • Put Customers First
  • Win Together
  • Lead Decisively
  • Innovate Relentlessly
  • Do the Right Thing

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

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