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Sr. Performance Engineer 9/9/2016

SolarCity Fremont, CA

Company
SolarCity
Job Classification
Full Time
Company Ref #
R-16997
AJE Ref #
576126725
Location
Fremont, CA
Experience
Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Job Type
Regular
Education
Masters Degree

JOB DESCRIPTION

SOLARCITY employees are driven by our mission to provide clean energy to families across the U.S. and inspired to truly save the planet one home or business at a time. Beyond a welcoming atmosphere, SolarCity employees also work together to create an extremely positive and inspiring culture that brings in top talent, keeps drive and motivation high, and makes everyone excited to come to work each day. Do you want to be part of the SolarCity team? Apply today and join the movement!





JOB DESCRIPTION

OVERVIEW

Are you ready to do work that matters? Our teams are literally redefining the way the world will use energy in the future. Talented and motivated individuals with creativity and vision thrive in our fast-paced, high growth environment. We are problem solvers, team players and game changers. If this sounds like you, SolarCity just might be the place to make your mark!



SolarCity is looking for a Sr. Performance Engineer who will play a key role in the research and technology group. S/he will be an expert in analyzing, predicting and improving the performance of PV modules and arrays in outdoor and indoor scenarios.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Apply device physics knowledge to understand the performance characteristics of solar modules
Model and optimize the optical parameters of solar cells and modules
Analyze outdoor module performance data to determine degradation mechanism
Perform data mining of large performance data base
Perform modeling with PV energy simulation tools (eg. PVsyst, Helioscope, SAM)
Analyze large performance monitoring database, and perform residual analysis to evaluate difference between predicted and actual performance
Develop new performance analysis tools, utilize and review existing analytical tools to quantify performance of operating solar systems
Perform spice simulations for PV modules and diode circuits
Collaborate with cross-function technical teams to meet company milestones and objectives


QUALIFICATIONS

MS or PhD Degree in Electrical Engineering or related field
3 years of relevant work experience; Experience in the solar industry preferred
Proficiency in scripting languages (eg. Python, Matlab, VBA, sql) and expert level knowledge in PVsyst
Working knowledge of applicable codes and standards (eg. 2008/2011 NEC) and PV racking designs and concepts
Expert level knowledge in design and assembly of data acquisition systems
Able to work outdoors and on top of roofs to perform necessary inspections
Able to lift 50 lbs.
Willing and able to travel up to 20% of the time, both domestically and internationally
Detail-oriented, resourceful and able to manage shifting priorities
Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
Ability to positively and effectively interact with internal and external customers
Regular, reliable and predictable performance required
Ability to work well with others in a collaborative team environment
Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment criminal screen. Additional pre-employment driving and drug screens may be required based on job responsibilities



BENEFITS FOR FULL-TIME POSITIONS

Competitive compensation with many positions incentivized

Paid training with the nation s leader in solar power

Full benefits package including health, vision, and dental insurance

Attractive vacation, sick and holiday pay

401(k) savings plan for eligible positions

Employee referral program

Some positions eligible for equity

Career path opportunities for top performers





SolarCity is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.





SolarCity is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.