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QD Solar is an early-stage, well-funded, fast-moving company commercializing cutting-edge quantum dot (QD) solar cell technology out of Professor Ted Sargent’s lab at the University of Toronto. Our mission is to become a world leading provider of photovoltaic (PV) products. Our new solar technology captures the energy in regions of the sun’s infrared spectrum which silicon cells cannot harvest. Low-cost manufactured infrared solar cells will integrate with conventional silicon solar cells to increase the total power generated by these hybrid solar panels by more than 20%. Our core technology is based on nanometer-sized semiconductor particles which are processed from solution, are compatible with high-throughput, cost-effective roll-to-roll processing technologies. Our colloidally stable quantum dots are inorganic thus inherently more light- and air-stable than polymers.

 

QD Solar is seeking driven, passionate, self-motivated and enthusiastic R&D team members to join us as we bring our game-changing solar technology to market. Our R&D team is located in the heart of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Candidates must be legally eligible to work in Canada. Interested candidates are encouraged to send a full CV and a list of at least 3 professional references to careers@qdsolarinc.com.

 

QD Solar Synthetic Organometallic Chemist

 

We are looking for a dynamic Synthetic Chemist with outstanding technical skills, work ethic and ingenuity to join the core of our team and help build the future of solar technology

 

Responsibilities:

 

  • Reporting directly to the CTO, you will be part of the R&D team to develop the hybrid solar technology.
  • You will lead the efforts to scale-up the processes to synthesize our colloidal quantum dots and the preparation of the solar ink formulation.
  • You will implement strict quality control throughout the chemical processes.
  • You will work with the solar cell R&D team members to optimize the solar ink formulation for solar cell performance.
  • You will be the interface between our R&D team and our industry partners and external vendors for the solar ink formulation and chemicals. You will lead the logistics and tracking of materials supply chain.

 

Requirements:

 

  • You have at a minimum a BSc or MSc in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Nanotechnology Engineering or Materials Science.
  • You have 3+ years of experience in the synthesis and analysis of inorganic and organometallic nanomaterials.
  • You are a familiar with handling air and moisture-sensitive chemicals
  • You are an expert in using chemical process equipment, colloidal synthesis setups and chemical analytics. You have excellent communication skills within an R&D team, industry and suppliers.
  • You excel in data analysis and are familiar with data and inventory tracking.
  • You are a self-motivated person who aims to succeed in a fast-paced and demanding environment.

 

 

QD Solar Senior Device Engineer

 

We are looking for a dynamic Senior Device Engineer with outstanding technical skills, work ethic and ingenuity to join the core of our team and help build the future of solar technology.

 

Responsibilities:

 

  • Reporting directly to the CTO, you will be part of the R&D team to develop the hybrid solar technology.
  • You will lead the infrared colloidal quantum dot solar cell product development. You will develop solution-based deposition processes to create large-area solar cells with the infrared photovoltaic materials.
  • You will be the process and materials liaison with our industry partners and external vendors for the solar cell fabrication.
  • You will apply fundamental characterization methods including IV, EQE, stability, lifetime measurements. You will lead advanced materials characterization efforts.
  • You will lead the development of encapsulation techniques to stabilize the solar cell performance. You will work with our industry partners to demonstrate the long-term stability of the infrared solar cells.
  • You will be the key contributor for certification of the infrared solar cells

 

Requirements:

 

  • You have a PhD in materials science, chemistry, electrical engineering, or related fields
  • You have more than 5 years of experience in the development of solution-processed solar cells. Experience in the development of colloidal quantum dot solar cells is an asset.
  • You have proven experience with the characterization of the physical, electrical and optical properties of solar materials.
  • You bring experience in large-area solution-based coating techniques including blade-coating, doctor-blading, spincoating and inkjet printing.
  • You have experience in encapsulation methods of thin film optoelectronic devices.
  • You have a proven ability to work in a multidisciplinary team and have the drive and motivation to succeed in the fast-paced environment of a solar technology start-up company.

 

QD Solar Chemistry Lab Technician

 

We are looking for a dynamic Solar Cell Fabrication Expert with outstanding technical skills, work ethic and ingenuity to join the core of our team and help build the future of solar technology

 

Responsibilities:

 

  • You will join our R&D team to assist in the development of the hybrid solar technology.
  • Your duties in the team will be to assist in the fabrication and characterization of the solution-based solar cells. Tasks include performing colloidal quantum dot synthesis, preparation of materials and solutions, fabrication of solar cell devices, solar cell testing, keeping inventory, and general maintenance of the labs.

 

Requirements:

 

  • At a minimum you have a College Diploma in chemical engineering; a BSc in chemistry, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, or related fields is preferred.
  • You have 5+ years industry experience working in wet labs. Experience in the solar industry is considered a strong asset.
  • You have strong communications skills; you are assertive with critical thinking; you are a team player being to work independently and collaboratively inside a fast-paced environment.

 

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