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TPV Module Process Engineer

Antora Energy

Antora Energy

Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, August 18, 2023

Backed by Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Chris Sacca’s Lowercarbon Capital, Antora Energy turns sunshine and wind into a reliable, on-demand source of zero-carbon heat and power to enable deep decarbonization of industry and the electric grid. Propelled by a world-class team that includes leaders in their fields, Antora will eliminate gigatons of emissions while increasing U.S. energy security, reducing our dependence on global supply chains, supporting well-paying jobs, and protecting marginalized communities from industrial pollution.

We are growing our company with people who put team and mission first, value connection through laughter and joy, and build with humility and openness. Our people are our most valuable asset, and we are committed to continue building a diverse, passionate, and creative team dedicated to providing clean, reliable, and affordable energy to everyone on earth. People join our team to do the most fulfilling and impactful work of their lives on climate change. Join one of the world’s most transformative climate tech companies. We’re ready to decarbonize the global economy. Are you?

Position Summary

We are seeking a talented and self-driven engineer who wants to apply their hands-on experience with the packaging of high-power-density semiconductor devices to the challenge of making robust and scalable thermophotovoltaic (TPV) modules. You will join a team of engineers who are passionate about what they do and live Antora’s core values of humility, openness and joy. This work will directly contribute to the first-ever assembly line of TPV modules and have an impact on the development of Antora’s first combined heat and power (CHP) long-duration energy storage product.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development of a thermophotovoltaic (TPV) module (an electrically-interconnected array of TPV cells) capable of handling multiple W/cm2 of electrical power and thermal power, and being robust to thermal cycling.
  • Develop in-house capabilities, and/or local partnerships, for:
    • Wafer handling, frame-mounting, and dicing
    • Pick & place of ultra-thin dies from wafer tape
    • Die-bonding using die-adhesive films (DAFs)
    • Screen-printing
    • Inspection of parts using coordinate-measuring machine (CMM)
    • Assessing quality of die attach (x-ray for void fraction, thermal resistance, electrical resistance, thermal cycling, pull strength etc.)
  • Establish procedures and documentation for process control and optimization
  • Procure and maintain inventory of materials needed for all module assembly processes
  • Run assembly process to fabricate TPV modules

Key Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or technical field (e.g., mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, materials science, etc.), or equivalent.
  • 2+ years working on the assembly and/or packaging of semiconductor devices
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • High degree of literacy in modern software tools, ranging from intra-office communication software to computer-aided design (CAD).

Additional Qualifications Desired

  • Graduate degree in an engineering or technical field, or equivalent.
  • Direct experience with packaging of large-area (e.g. multiple cm^2), high-power-density (e.g. >10 W/cm^2) device arrays for applications in integrated circuits, power converters, power electronics, etc.
  • Direct experience (2+ years) in the development, prototyping, and testing of optoelectronic devices.
  • Direct experience with building photovoltaic (PV), concentrator photovoltaic (CPV), and/or thermophotovoltaic (TPV) modules.
  • Hands-on experience with process steps and tools needed for wafer handling, frame-mounting and dicing, pick & place, die-bonding, screen-printing

Salary Range: $XXX,000 USD - $XXX,000 USD

Salary Basis: Annual

This job posting contains the salary range that Antora Energy believes it would be willing to pay for the posted job. The actual salary offered will be determined within the posted range based on a candidate's experience, credentials, and expertise as they pertain to the requirements of the position.

In addition to a competitive base salary, Antora Energy’s Total Rewards program includes a premium health benefits package with life and disability insurance, a 401K plan, a flexible spending account, industry leading paid time off policy, providing a flexible and inclusive holiday observance, as well as paid volunteer time off.

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