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National Renewable Energy Laboratory MOVPE Semiconductor-Growth Research Technician in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

MOVPE Semiconductor-Growth Research Technician



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

The High Efficiency Crystalline Photovoltaics group is looking for a technician to help advance NREL’s state-of-the-art III-V solar cell technology. The employee will operate and maintain processes for an MOVPE semiconductor epitaxial growth system in support of scientists and engineers developing high-efficiency solar cells. The employee will also perform related tasks in fabrication and characterization of the solar cells. The ability to work with minimal supervision, while maintaining consistent high-quality standards and adhering to critical safety procedures, is required.

Position will be hired at Level II, III, or IV based on qualifications of the selected candidate.

The technician will perform a variety of duties to support the growth and characterization of NREL’s world-record photovoltaic devices. These include:

• Operate and maintain an MOVPE semiconductor epitaxial growth system

• Prepare wafers for epitaxial growth, including manipulating small samples and performing chemical etches

• Perform work reproducibly with high degree of quality and reliability

• Use observation, experience, and interpretation of in-line process diagnostics to maintain high process quality standards for consistency, quality, and repeatability

• Perform various semiconductor characterization techniques, including x-ray diffraction and measurements of electronic properties

• Input data into computer databases

• Perform post-growth processing

Work closely with scientists and engineers to understand and help implement their ideas. Apply understanding of processes and procedures to formulate and implement improvements in workflow. Apply good written and oral communication skills and accurately maintain detailed written records. Participate in project meetings including presenting progress reports, issues, and plans.


Basic Qualifications

Technician IV Requirements:

Associates degree plus 8 years of related experience.

Or, relevant Associate's Degree or certification program of comparable scope and 5 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience.

Technician III Requirements:

High School Diploma or equivalent and 7 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience.

Or, relevant Associate's Degree or certification program of comparable scope and 5 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience.

Technician II Requirements:

High School Diploma or equivalent and 4 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience.

Or, relevant Associate's Degree or certification program of comparable scope and 2 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience.


Additional Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge of materials, methods, and tools used in semiconductor growth and processing.

  • Ability to communicate and work well with others.

  • Capable of working efficiently with minimal supervision in collaboration with scientists and engineers. Inclusion and diversity are core values, and the employee will be expected to support a work environment that maximizes the unique talents and innovative ideas of every other employee.

  • Experience in working with highly toxic semiconductor process gases such as arsine, including ability to follow complex toxic-gas safety procedures.

  • Demonstrated expertise in safe use, repair, and maintenance of laboratory test apparatus including the necessary piping systems, electrical circuits, vacuum systems, support structure, and associated measurement devices.

  • Previous demonstrated experience in building and servicing semiconductor growth reactors, including tube welding and leak checking.

Preferred Qualifications

Associate's or Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline or equivalent relevant experience, plus four years relevant technical experience with semiconductor growth systems.

Teamwork and collaboration define the modern scientific approach, and the employee will be expected to collaborate, be open to new ideas, and recognize the contribution of others.

Experience performing photolithography and related processing tasks in a semiconductor cleanroom.


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