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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 to join our team. You will drive the development of new manufacturing equipment for advanced solar technologies in this role. Experience with rapid prototyping using computer drafting tools, material selection and machining, process controls development, and mechanical performance analysis are all required to succeed in this role.


Engineer Job Responsibilities: 

  • Develops and designs vapor deposition sources by studying device requirements, and reviewing and adapting prior art (i.e., patents) to designs

  • Researches and tests manufacturing and assembly methods and materials for vapor deposition processes.

  • Evaluates vapor deposition sources by designing and conducting research program. Applies principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and materials science to assess performance and troubleshoot.

  • Develops manufacturing processes by designing and modifying equipment - fabricating, building, assembling, and installing components in vapor deposition chambers.

  • Assures prototype quality by designing testing methods; tests finished products and system capabilities.

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

  • Collaborates with team members to keep equipment operational by coordinating maintenance and repair.

  • Collaborates with 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. 


Education, Experience, and Licensing Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or related field with hands-on experience designing and manufacturing electro-mechanical systems (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 and fabrication and process controls development (i.e., feedback-based controls development and programming) experience.

  • Superior computer skills, with significant experience in SolidWorks and/or CAD. Experience with Matlab/LabView or similar programming languages or packages preferred.


Role Start Date: 6/1/20 (negotiable)

​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 at the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, 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 you want to work with BlueDot, 2) what you need from a company to succeed, and 3) what your strengths and weaknesses are as you see them.


​We look forward to hearing from you!

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