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Iris PV

Device Engineer
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Innovation Area: 
Generation and Conversion
Position Type: 
TomKat Center-supported
Internship Term: 
8 weeks

Iris PV ( is a startup designing the low-cost photovoltaic technology that will surpass the limitations of silicon. We use the new and exciting metal-halide perovskite material in a tandem architecture as the top absorber on Silicon and CIGS solar cells to improve the performance of those technologies. Early development of this technology was performed in the Materials Science department at Stanford.

The team is composed of Colin Bailie (a recent PhD graduate in Materials Science), Chris Eberspacher (veteran of the solar industry), Dave Pechin (tool building expert), and Matt Kuchta (ink chemist extraordinaire). We have received numerous accolades for the early development of this technology, including a grant from Stanford’s TomKat Center, numerous mentions in media articles, and recently making the Forbes 30 under 30 list in Energy. We are currently funded through the Advanced Manufacturing Office, ARPA-E, NSF, and private investment.

Position title

Device Engineer


  • Help design solar cells with new layers in the structure
  • Fabricate the designed solar cells
  • Run basic and advanced experiments to measure the performance and identify pathways for improvement

Who should apply

  • Self-motivated individuals
  • Want to work on exciting high-risk projects that have the potential to alter the photovoltaic industry.
  • Are opinionated and not afraid to think outside the box

Preferred expertise/skills

  • Experience in a wet chemistry lab (optional)
  • Basic understanding of solar cells (optional)
  • Background in Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, or Engineering (Mechanical or Chemical)

Internship term

8 weeks