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Laboratory Technician

Solarcycle

Solarcycle

Software Engineering
Mesa, AZ, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Do you want to be on the cutting edge of the clean energy and climate tech industry? Are you excited about the intersection of renewable energy and the circular economy? We are too. And that’s why we launched SOLARCYCLE, an advanced technology-based recycling company.

The solar industry needs a global end-of-life partner to restore, renew, and ultimately recycle yesterday’s solar panels for tomorrow’s clean energy projects. SOLARCYCLE aims to be the partner of choice for solar asset owners looking for a responsible solution to their end-of-life system needs. And we need you to direct our field operations to help us become a leader in this new burgeoning sector in the renewable energy industry.

The Laboratory Technician will perform research and development laboratory duties, operate, and maintain bench chemistry experiments, prepare standards and solutions, perform titrations, and operate, maintain, and calibrate analytical equipment. They will work in a fast-paced collaborative environment, regularly interacting with operations and engineering personnel.

Responsibilities

  • Perform duties associated with research in a laboratory, including solution preparation, leaching experiments, sampling, sample analysis, routine analytical tests, data collection, and analysis.
  • Operate, maintain, and calibrate laboratory equipment, including instrumentation such as pH meters, temperature sensors, etc.
  • Prepare analytical standards, reagents, and test solutions.
  • Perform routine analytical tests such as filtrations, separations, titrations, pH, etc. by established SOPs.
  • Under the guidance and supervision of research engineers, prepare and execute research and development test plans.
  • Operate, perform routine maintenance on, and calibrate specialized laboratory instruments, including AA, ICP, XRF, UV-Vis, IC, and others.
  • Participate in the development of new processes and technologies
  • Assist in the development of new test methods and standard operating procedures.
  • Accurately conduct reactions from bench top to 30-gallon scale.
  • Maintain safe working conditions, comply with all required health and safety procedures, and keep a clean, orderly work area at all times.
  • Prepare data summaries that allow research engineers to write brief reports detailing the results of tests and analyses.
  • Document and maintain test procedures and methods according to established requirements.
  • Work closely with process engineers, research engineers, and other team members to support production goals and testing of process improvements.

The requirements and duties listed represent the knowledge, skills, and ability of an individual to perform successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be requested from and reviewed by Human Resources using the interactive process to facilitate individuals with disabilities or other protected categories to perform essential functions.

Qualifications

  • Associates of Science or higher (chemistry or chemical engineering preferred).
  • Have 1 to 10 years of experience in a chemical analytical or research and development lab.
  • Ability to perform basic laboratory equipment setup such as connecting tubing, connecting sample wires, and operating low-voltage power supplies.
  • Ability to operate and perform basic maintenance on laboratory instruments, including AA and ICP.
  • Ability to read and understand materials commonly used in the job function.
  • Strong analytical and math skills and strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient English, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and math skills.
  • Proficient computer technology skills, including the ability to utilize company software
  • SOFTWARE/HARDWARE: Microsoft Office suites; email, internet, adobe, etc., as well as varying specific company software platforms; computer (desk and laptop), phone, fax, copier, scanner, and other related office equipment (audio/video/media equipment).

You don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. If you think this role is for you but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right person for this role.

You will be working alongside a highly successful team who deliver amazing innovative work in the solar PV industry! The solar industry needs a global end-of-life partner to restore, renew and ultimately recycle yesterday’s solar panels for tomorrow’s clean energy projects. SOLARCYCLE aims to be the partner of choice for solar asset owners looking for a responsible solution to their end-of-life system needs.

Solar power is one of the most powerful tools humanity has in our fight against climate change. But for solar to truly scale to its full potential, we need to create renewable supply chains and a vibrant secondary market for upcycled panels and recycled materials. Since its launch in 2022, SOLARCYCLE has assembled a world-class management team with experience scaling companies and organizations such as Amazon, Nextracker, Sierra Club, Solaria, and SunPower. The company has secured high-volume contracts with industry leaders such as AES, EDF Renewables North America, EDP Renewables North America, Greenbacker, Ørsted, Qcells, Silfab, Silicon Ranch, and Sunrun. This is the next frontier - ensuring a cleaner, more sustainable and domestic supply of the critical minerals needed for the next wave of solar. We exist to make clean energy massively scalable and even more sustainable by radically advancing recycling technology and infrastructure for the solar industry. If this resonates with you, we really want to meet you.