BlueDot Photonics, Inc.          Seattle, WA

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Mechanical Engineer – Vapor deposition

BlueDot Photonics, a Seattle-based company, is growing its team to realize its mission of delivering solar power at a fraction of today’s costs. We are a spin-off from the University of Washington focused on developing new technology to improve the efficiency of today’s solar panels and manufacture new optoelectronic devices based on metal-halide perovskite semiconductors. We are a fast-paced start-up that provides workers with independence and opportunities to come up with creative solutions to tough problems.

We are looking for a Mechanical Engineer with experience in designing and building vapor deposition sources and tools to join our team and drive the development of new manufacturing equipment for advanced solar technologies.

Engineer Job Responsibilities:

  • Develops and designs vapor deposition sources by studying customer and device requirements; researching and testing manufacturing and assembly methods and materials; and soliciting observations from operators.

  • Evaluates vapor deposition sources by designing and conducting research programs and applying principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, hydraulics, heat transfer, and materials science.

  • Develops manufacturing processes by designing and modifying equipment for fabricating, building, assembling, and installing components.

  • Assures prototype quality by designing testing methods; testing finished-product and system capabilities; and confirming fabrication, assembly, and installation processes.

  • Prepares reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends.

  • Preserves product and company reputation by complying with government regulations.

  • Collaborates with team members to keep equipment operational by coordinating maintenance and repair; following manufacturer’s instructions and established procedures; and requesting special services.

  • Collaborates with Process Engineers and Technicians to improve and refine vapor deposition source system design and operation.

  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies.

  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.


Engineer Qualifications / Skills:

  • Requirements analysis

  • Design skills

  • Effective presentation of technical information

  • Equipment maintenance and monitoring

  • Conceptual and problem-solving skills

  • Quality focus

  • Technical zeal


Education, Experience, and Licensing Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or similar field with focus on vapor deposition tooling and manufacturing (Master’s or equivalent work experience preferred)

  • Preference for 3-5 years of experience working in an engineering role with a strong preference for vapor/vacuum deposition tool design, fabrication, and operation, as well as advanced (opto)electronics manufacturing experience.

  • Superior computer skills, with solid experience in CAD, CAM, and Matlab/LabView programs or equivalent


Role Start Date: 3/1/2020 (earliest possible, may be 4/1/2020)

BlueDot offers a flexible work culture that understands individual personal needs are just as important as company needs.  We offer competitive salaries, equity options, and sick leave and basic healthcare for workers. Work will be based in Seattle, with occasional travel to partner and customer sites (~1 trip per quarter).

Please send your resumé and cover letter to Resumé should highlight relevant prior experience with a specific focus on designs and instruments delivered in prior roles or in educational settings. Cover letter should answer the following questions: 1) why do you want to work with BlueDot, 2) what you need from a company to succeed, and 3) what are your key strengths and weaknesses as you see them.

We look forward to hearing from you!