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Positions: Process scientist / engineer; equipment design / build / operate engineer; database / analysis; materials / device metrology
Location: San Jose, CA
Innovation Area: Generation and Conversion
Position Type: TomKat Center-supported
Compensation: $7,500
Internship Term: 8 weeks

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TPV ( is developing low-cost  high-efficiency photovoltaic solar technology incorporating metal-halide perovskite solar cells in a tandem architecture with silicon solar cells. Early technology development was done in Stanford’s Materials Science department. The team is led by Colin Bailie (Stanford PhD in Materials Science) and Chris Eberspacher (Stanford PhD in Applied Physics). TPV is developing solar products in its California R&D facility and planning its first manufacturing factory.


  • Design, fabricate and test high-performance solar cells
  • Design, build & operate innovative solar cell processing & characterization equipment

Who Should Apply

  • Do-it-today individuals with hands-on laboratory skills
  • Desire to work on projects that drive the photovoltaic industry
  • Analytical, opinionated and able to think independently & innovatively

Required expertise

  • Experience in basic wet chemistry lab operations and safety
  • Experience in vacuum deposition methods & tools, e.g. ALD, evaporation, etc.
  • Experience with lasers, e.g. thin film ablation, scribing, fusing, etc.

Preferred skills/ majors

  • Basic understanding of solar cells
  • Experience in depositing and processing of optoelectronic thin film materials
  • Design of Experiments training
  • Materials Science, Chemistry, or Engineering (Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical)