Research Scientist, 3019

Location , NJ
Date Posted July 14, 2017
Category Commercial/Residential
Job Type Full-Time



The Solar Research Scientist is responsible for design and development of new and innovative residential solar products. The candidate is expected to have proven track record of product development. The incumbent is expected to develop unique and innovative residential solar products that balance power, aesthetics, and roofing requirements as per project goals. The candidate is expected to work with internal R & D, cross-functional teams and external partners to deliver industry leading products.


Job Responsibilities

  • (25 %) Design and develop new residential solar products with use of rapid prototyping to refine
  • (10 %) Provide technical input in design and code testing of solar products
  • (15 %) Good understanding of product development principles
  • (10 %) Recommend appropriate testing and aging protocols to assuring short and long term performance
  • (10% ) Conduct engineering analysis of test data and optimize designs
  • (10% ) Report on product development progress in monthly reports
  • (10 % ) Inform team about issues during product meetings and suggest solutions
  • (5 % ) Make interim presentations to senior R & D staff
  • (5 % ) Candidate needs to be self-motivated and needs to be a team player

    Critical Competencies

  • Creative design background and proven track record of product development
  • Good understanding of solar technologies and products
  • Strong technical background in general engineering principles
  • Adapt and make product changes with rapidly changing solar landscape
  • Explore and implement off the shelf solar components in designs
  • Capability to utilize DOE techniques to optimize designs
  • Strong technical background in solar products and related material
  • Knowledge of solar product code certifications and testing  
  • Candidate should be able to lead solar project developments
  • Results oriented individual with ability to work on multiple projects
  • Motivated individual with strong interpersonal and presentational skills  
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.


  • Candidate needs to be safety conscious
  • Needs to follow all safety standards and protocols


 Level Based Competencies are to be designated based on job level and content. 

  • Technical/Professional Knowledge of solar with field experience
  • Building Strategic Working Relationships with other functions
  • Candidate must possess strong leadership skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Must have good communication and Interpersonal skills
  • Decision Making
  • Attention to details

Technical knowledge/skills (entry level)

  • Background in solar products and components 
  • Good understanding of solar industry landscape
  • Ability to adjust as per fast changing solar field and make product changes
  • Demonstrated ability to make compelling case for technical recommendations
  • Knowledge of roofing or roofing industry experience is plus

General knowledge/skills (entry level)

  • Should have strong communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Needs to be a good team player


  • M.S. in Engineering or equivalent ( Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical or Materials)
  • 3-5 years of experience in product design / development
  • Background in solar products is a plus


  • B.S. in Engineering or equivalent ( Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical or Materials)
  • 5-7 years of experience in product design / development
  • Background in solar products is a plus

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