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Photovoltaics Characterization Technician

Antora Energy

Antora Energy

Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, November 11, 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?

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Position Summary

We are seeking an exceptionally driven and passionate individual to support PV characterization efforts at Antora’s prototyping and R&D facility.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • After training, independently perform materials and photovoltaic cell and module characterization, as well as reliability tests. (primary role)
  • Assist with cell processing, data analysis, and hardware and/or software improvement. This is dependent on your interest and skills, and training will be provided. (secondary role)
  • Develop a basic understanding of the physical principles behind characterization techniques to aid identification of problems.
  • Identify and report any inconsistencies, oddities, or non-physical results.
  • Work collaboratively and flexibly in a small team.
  • Communicate technical and non-technical content clearly and effectively.

Key Qualifications

  • Experience working in technical labs and/or production environments.
  • Experience with the characterization of optoelectronic devices (2+ years).
  • Experience handling scientific samples, great attention to detail.
  • High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent.
  • Reliability, strong work ethic, and a desire to learn.
  • Comfort engaging with problems you haven’t encountered before.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Empathy, sensitivity, and ability to effectively interact with a broad and diverse range of colleagues.

Additional Qualifications Desired

  • Bachelors or equivalent in an engineering or technical field (e.g. electrical engineering, physics, etc).
  • Experience with any of the following is a plus, but not required: ultraviolet/visible (UV/vis) spectroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, external quantum efficiency (EQE), current voltage (IV) curves in light and/or dark, transmission line measurement (TLM) characterization, photoluminescence (PL) and/or electroluminescence (EL), any probe station experience, other optical or electrical testing experience, experience coding in Python, experience with the characterization of photovoltaic devices, experience running reliability and accelerated aging tests on optoelectronic devices.

Salary Range: $40.00 - $45.00 USD

Salary Basis: Hourly

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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