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Material Engineer

Active Surfaces

Active Surfaces

Posted on Friday, April 19, 2024

Material Engineer

Product development
Greater Boston Area
Hiring Manager
Start date
January 2024
3 more properties

About Us

Active Surfaces is a cutting-edge technology company specializing in renewable energy solutions. Our mission is to revolutionize the solar industry through innovative thin-film semiconductor technologies.
Our company was born from nearly a decade of MIT research in 2022 and has gained significant momentum in last few months, from winning multiple awards in the MIT/Harvard community to closing our pre-seed fundraising round this summer.
Our team is now looking to expand. We are seeking a highly motivated and creative Device Engineer / Scientist to join our R&D team and contribute to the development and prototyping of solar devices.
We are backed by a noteworthy venture capital fund and supported by world-class clean tech accelerators: ACCEL, Cleantech Open, Venture for Climate and more recently Third Derivative. Our innovations are IP protected, our approach is unique, and our stakeholders believe that our technology is the future of solar.
Come join us to revolutionize solar and fight climate change!

About the Role


As a Material Engineer, you will be a key player in our R&D efforts to advance solar thin-film devices. Your expertise in thin-film semiconductor materials, preferably in perovskites and organic photovoltaics (OPVs), will be vital in driving the development of our next-generation solar products. Working directly with the Founder & Chief Technology Officer (CTO), you will take a leading role in developing, testing and vetting semi-conductor materials, to be integrated into our solar device products.


Conduct research and development activities to drive the innovation of next-generation solar thin-film devices
Prototype, test, and optimize semiconductor, metallic and dielectric thin-film materials, leveraging your expertise in thin-film, with a focus on perovskites and OPVs
Prototype, test and optimize semiconductor and metallic and dielectric thin-film materials on novel manufacturing processes
Collaborate with the Device Engineer to ensure the successful integration of new materials into working, high efficiency devices and vet overall manufacturing compatibility
Work closely with the CTO to develop scalable ink and material manufacturing processes
Analyze and interpret experimental data to guide decision-making and identify areas for improvement
Assist in the scaling-up of promising materials for manufacturing and commercialization

Key qualifications

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or a related field.
5-6 years of hands-on experience in device engineering, preferably in the field of solar energy (or a strong desire to learn)
Strong background in thin-film semiconductor technology and experience in the manufacturing, characterization and optimization of solar cells or similar devices (e.g. OPVs, OLEDs, TFTs, or thin-film sensors)
Extensive laboratory experience, adept at conducting experiments, analyzing data and driving optimization.
Experience working with a wide variety of R+D development tools used in optoelectronic thin-film device optimization (SEM, TEM, Powder XRD, GIWAX, AFM, XPS, PLQE, TRPL, UV-Vis, Fluorescence, Bright and Dark Field Microscopy, and a variety of electrical measurements)
Demonstrated ability to work with multiple materials and openness to exploring new material systems and manufacturing methods
Passionate about innovation and able to bring creativity to the development of solar devices
Eager to contribute and learn in a collaborative and dynamic start-up environment

Nice to Haves

Expertise in perovskite solar cells and/or organic photovoltaics (OPVs).
Experience with various coding languages (Python, MATLAB, LabView) along with knowledge or willingness to learn R+D electrical system control and scripting (eg. Keithley 2400/2600 GPIB (IEEE-488), Ethernet or USB control)
A willingness to ‘tinker’, or experiment to drive value and generate new ideas
Experience with setting up optical and electrical breadboard test systems
Experience with prototyping hardware (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, ESP32)
Experience with mechanical design (Solidworks, Autodesk) and prototyping (3D Printing or basic metal machining)
Experience with electrical layout (Altium, EZCad)


Top-tier health and dental insurance (90% covered)
15 days vacation, 5 days personal leave
Commute reimbursement (75%)
Wellness program ($50/month)

How to apply

If you are a talented and ambitious Material Engineer / Scientist with a passion for renewable energy, we encourage you to apply. Please submit your resume, your cover letter and any relevant supporting documents to careers@activesurfaces.xyz
Join our dynamic team and contribute to the future of renewable energy technology!
Active Surfaces is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. We are committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse work environment.

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