Associate Process Engineer Patterning

Sundrive Solar

Kirrawee, New South Wales, Australia

Full time

Feb 21

Why SunDrive? SunDrive’s proprietary technology enables the use of copper instead of silver for solar cell electrodes. This technological breakthrough has significant benefits, including greater efficiency, lower cost, a scalable supply chain and more environmentally friendly production. 

Founded in 2015, SunDrive is backed by some of Australia’s top venture capital firms (Blackbird, MainSequence, Virescent, Grok), tech founders and the Australian Government (CEFC,ARENA). SunDrive has quickly grown from a UNSW Ph.D. project in a garage to producing the world’s most efficient commercial-sized solar cells. 

The role of Process Engineer will see you w​orking closely with the patterning team to carry out experiments which will involve producing large batches of solar cells. This role will require you to carry out processing tasks, more specifically masking steps, that are crucial to our working process flow. You will design and construct experiments in relation to the optimization of our masking process and gather the necessary results to come to meaningful conclusions. You will be responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the masking tools to ensure maximum throughput. You will help in technology development and improve the technological competitiveness of SunDrive. As an important position in technology development, you will have a great impact on the quality and performance of SunDrive’s production.​ 

This role is suitable for individuals who are either recent graduates seeking their first full-time opportunity or those with technical aptitude who are considering a career change.

You will focus on:

  • Daily operation of the masking tools to process large batches of wafers reliably and consistently. 
  • ​Design and construct meaningful experiments to further optimise our masking process. 
  • Characterise results upon finishing experiments which may require using various lab tools (microscope, PL tool, surface profiler etc.).Operation training of these tools will be provided. 
  • Document findings, data, and outcomes of patterning experiments using the Atlassian Suite. 
  • Responsible for daily start up and shutdown procedures and also minor repairs that are required from time to time. 
  • Clearly communicate problems and findings back to the wider team in a timely manner.​ 


  • A bachelor's degree in Engineering is preferred (Chemical, PV, Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial) OR hands-on technical experience in an industrial or lab setting. 
  • Technical aptitude and the ability to quickly learn and apply new techniques and technologies, including our patterning process. 
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills, with the ability to find solutions to complex challenges. 
  • Ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams and effectively manage multiple experiments in a fast-paced, dynamic start-up environment. 
  • Steady hands and exceptional attention to detail. Delicate manual handling of thin solar cells will be required. 
  • A natural in seeing the finer details. You will be expected to spot small subtleties and intricacies in our solar cell fabrication process. 
  • Comfortable performing repetitive manual tasks with high mental clarity and concentration, there will be instances where we will need you to fabricate hundreds of identical solar cells. 
  • Continuous improvement mindset and willingness to adapt to change. 
  • Passionate about making a difference, contributing to a company’s growth, and working with an experienced team. 

SunDrive Solar Pty Ltd is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. 

SunDrive is also committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. Please let your recruiter know if you need an accommodation at any point during the interview process. 


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