Chemical Manufacturing Technician

This is a temporary position with the potential to convert to full time, depending on business needs.

 We are the leader in developing the market for quantum dots in the TV and display industry. Our technology enables two of the hottest new features in TV today: UltraHD and High Dynamic Range (HDR). We are currently developing the next generation of super high color and ultra-high definition materials that many major TV manufacturers such as Samsung, TCL and HiSense turn to when looking to improve the color output of their latest and greatest TV.

Quantum Dots are one of the first successful commercial applications of real nanotechnology. Each quantum dot is a tiny crystal, just a bit bigger than a water molecule that has a unique superpower- the ability to emit light with incredible brightness, efficiency and pure color. Our customers apply trillions of these tiny crystals to displays in devices from TVs to tablets to make them brighter and more power efficient with accurate, lifelike colors.

Our business is growing and we now need to bring on-board a Chemical Manufacturing Technician who will be responsible for supporting the group’s production of quantum dots including performing purifications and synthetic chemistry following standard operating procedures.  Most of the chemistry is done in glove boxes or air-free environments.

 Summary of essential job functions:

  • After an initial period of training the new hire will operate production equipment according to established SOPs. He/She will perform manufacturing activities of full scope including but not limited to work functions in Quantum Dot Synthesis, reagent preparation, some analytical measurements such as UV Vis, blending and packaging. 
  • Perform daily production of commercial or development products according to production plan.
  • Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) and work instructions to manufacture product in glove boxes and/or fume hoods -
    • using lab glassware, centrifuges, syringes,
    • measuring liquid and dry chemicals,
    • using temperature controllers, heating mantles, thermocouples and programs to run reactions.
  • Adhere to and actively support corporate Employee, Health & Safety polices.  
  • Identify, report and participate in recommended improvement or corrective action on safety and environmental problems.
  • Participate in Employee Health & Safety audits, site meetings, and group discussions.
  • Assess workload and adjust time to complete work within timelines needed to meet production plan and customer demands.
  • Demonstrate positive teamwork and assist fellow team members in completing work when necessary to meet deadlines.
  • Perform and properly document assigned calibrations and preventive maintenance according to schedule.
  • Maintain, label and exercise the practice of first-in-first out Raw Material, In Process or Finished Goods inventories according to established procedures.
  • Communicate process deviations to supervisors.
  • Improve knowledge and skills throughout the training process.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Read and be familiar with SDS (safety data sheets) and have worn PPE when handling hazardous chemicals.
  • Demonstrated experience in either chemical lab, production or manufacturing environment.
  • Competent in using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Office 365/Outlook.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, with multiple deadlines and rapidly changing priorities.
  • Must show a commitment to maintaining a safe workplace.
  • Ability to take direction from multiple sources, and manage time to meet daily testing needs as well as satisfy longer term commitments to project support.
  • Ability to multi-task is essential for success in this position.
  • Should be very detail oriented.
  • Good documentation skills, including written and oral communication.
  • Must show a commitment to best laboratory and manufacturing practices.
  • Must maintain satisfactory attendance at work facility, to include timeliness.
  • Must be available and willing to work overtime on holidays, weekends and afterhours.
  • Strong teamwork, communication, and interpersonal skills.

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Organic synthesis and some analytical experience, specialty chemical manufacturing.
  • Experience in air-free techniques working in glove boxes and schlenk line/vacuum gas manifold.
  • Experience in GMP environment.

Education, Experience and Certifications:      

  • B.S. in science (chemistry, physics, biology or a similar discipline) or equivalent work experience.
  • Without degree: 2-5 years’ experience in relevant manufacturing/chemical synthesis.
  • Recent references available to confirm experience in Chemical Manufacturing or Production.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands include:  walking, standing for multiple hours while working in front of manufacturing apparatus including glove boxes, fume hoodsuse of hands or fingers to handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk and hear, lift up to 40 pounds. With or without corrective lens: close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distant vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point), Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships), ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus). Must be capable of climbing step stool to reach items at heights above 7 feet. Must be able to physically stand for up to one hour continuously.  Must be able to safely wear necessary personal protective equipment in designated areas i.e. lab coat, safety glasses, gloves. Must be able to respond to visual and audible alarms.

Work is performed in a chemical manufacturing environment. The ambient noise level in the environment is moderate, with periodic higher frequency noise from processing equipment operation. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will work with hazardous chemicals. 

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Research Technician - Chemical Manufacturing / Quantum Dot Synthesis

Join the Quantum Dot Technology and Market Leaders!

Research Technician – Chemical Manufacturing / Quantum Dot Synthesis

This is a temporary position with the potential to convert to full time, depending on business needs.This is an hourly contract position with our R&D group.  We will teach you how to make/produce Quantum Dots using a wet chemistry process in our class leading manufacturing site here in Milpitas.

We are the leader in developing the market for Quantum Dots in the TV and display industry. Our technology enables two of the hottest new features in TV today: UltraHD and High Dynamic Range (HDR). We are currently developing the next generation of super high color and ultra-high definition materials that many major TV manufacturers such as Samsung, TCL and HiSense turn to when looking to improve the color output of their latest and greatest TV.

Quantum Dots are one of the first successful commercial applications of real nanotechnology. Each quantum dot is a tiny crystal, just a bit bigger than a water molecule, that has a unique superpower- the ability to emit light with incredible brightness, efficiency and pure color. We apply trillions of these tiny crystals to displays in devices from TVs to tablets to make them brighter and more power efficient with accurate, lifelike colors.

Research Technician – Chemical Manufacturing/Quantum Dot Synthesis #995T

We design, synthesize and manufacture our Quantum Dots in our facility here in Milpitas and our growth is such that we need to hire an additional associate scientist to work with our team of PhD researchers in the production of more Quantum Dots.  This team is responsible for taking the raw materials that we synthesize and creating both QD cores and shells.  We have a “roll-up your sleeves” culture that is based upon individual empowerment, mutual respect, integrity and recognition of successes and the new team member will have the following responsibilities:

  • Work independently or under the supervision of senior scientist to develop the next generation semiconductor nanocrystals (Quantum Dots).
  • Synthesis of nanomaterials in an air-free environment according to pre-drafted weekly plan, with limited daily supervision.
  • Be involved in and contribute to developing scale up processes to commercialize new and existing materials.
  • Help optimize and improve quantum dot synthesis as well as quantum dot characterization. 
  • Record, write detailed experimental procedures (in accordance with Good Manufacturing Process) and draft standard operating procedures (SOPs) to facilitate process transfer to production.
  • Compile and present R&D data to the R&D organization.
  • Perform QD purification and spectrophotometric evaluation of QD solutions.
  • Analyze and help interpret spectral and optical test data.

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and abilities:

  • Strong teamwork, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in a GMP environment and a commitment to creating and maintaining a very safe working environment.
  • Ability to seek/make recommendations solving QDs synthetic problems.
  • Desire to follow and digest latest scientific discoveries in QD field.
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Power Point, and Excel.

Required education, experience and qualifications:      

  • B.S. and 3 years of experience or an M.S and one years’ experience in Chemistry, Material Science or a similar discipline.
  • Experience with air-free chemistry techniques.
  • Familiarity with basic spectroscopic techniques and instruments such as a UV-Visible spectrophotometer, fluorimeter, TGA, ICP, etc.
  • Good communication skills both verbal and written and the ability to interact well in a team environment.
  • Ability and desire to work efficiently and productively in a multi-task environment on a daily basis, independently and with minimal supervision.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands include:  walking, standing, sitting, use of hands or fingers to handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk and hear, lift up to 40 pounds, close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distant vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point), Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships), ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus).  Must be capable of climbing step stool to reach items at heights above 7 feet.  Must be able to physically stand for up to one hour.  Must be able to safely wear necessary personal protective equipment in designated areas i.e. lab coat, safety glasses.  Must be able to respond to visual and audible alarms.

Work is performed in either a laboratory environment or manufacturing setting.  The ambient noise level in the work environment is moderate.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee will work with and around hazardous chemicals.

EOE-M/F/D/V employer

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R&D Optical Engineer - LED Displays

Join the Quantum Dot Pioneers!

Nanosys is building a Quantum Dot revolution, combining scientific expertise with awareness of the system needs of TV and display manufacturers.

Our Quantum dots improve the power efficiency, brightness and color performance of LED LCD displays. This enables LCDs to compete with and even outperform OLED displays. Nanosys has more than 30 products in the market from top brands like Samsung, Sharp, Vizio, TCL, Hisense and ASUS. Well over a million devices with Quantum Dots shipped in 2015 ranging in size from 7” to 88”.

Today, Quantum Dot displays are built just like LED displays. The quantum dots are added to the backlight of the display in the form of a translucent plastic film that is coated with quantum dots. Each sheet of film contains literally trillions of Quantum Dots. In this mode, the Quantum Dots are improving existing LED displays by enabling them to be more power efficient and by increasing their color performance by over 50%.

We are currently ramping up the development of our next generation Quantum Dot devices.  This involves the development of new formulations that enable the material to be printed, patterned and applied in electroluminescent device structures. It’s for this reason that we invite you to consider the following opportunity at Nanosys;

R&D Optical Engineer – LED Displays #980

Key Responsibilities:

  • New product development - This is a technical R&D role whose ultimate aim is to help develop new implementations of our quantum dot technology in next generation displays with improved brightness, color gamut, lifetime, and lower cost.
  • Design experiments and new test equipment to generate data that will be used to characterize the qualities and performance of both new and existing materials.
  • Prototyping.  Design and build prototype optical, thin film and measurement devices as needed to support new areas of investigation and help solve characterization and materials performance challenges.  Develop test systems to generate “feedback” for the synthesis and manufacturing groups and make subsequent recommendations to resolve issues and drive development.
  • Problem solving.  Work on projects such as the following: design, run and then analyze the results of your experiments aimed at determining the optimal composition of a thin film quantum dot layer designed to maximize light output and efficiency.  Solve diverse problems ranging from the accuracy of light measurements to the ideal form factor of a device that must be manufactured en masse.
  • Present results to the R&D team, review problems and challenges and work creatively to generate technical solutions.

Required Experience/skills:

  • Experience with building and testing optical and electrical systems, including display devices and illumination sources.
  • Extensive knowledge of optical measurement techniques, tools, instruments, and systems.
  • Strong grasp of fundamental optical principles.
  • Proven analytical and problem solving skills, good organizational skills.
  • Communicate and work well with multidisciplinary groups.
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills.

Desired Experience/skills:

  • Spectroscopy, spectral measurement and analysis, fluorescence.
  • Radiometry, photometry, colorimetry.
  • Optical modeling software (such as Zemax) as well as home-grown optical models.
  • Mechanical design software (such as SolidWorks).
  • Light machining to fabricate or modify test fixtures.
  • Programming in VBA, LabVIEW, or MATLAB for data analysis and instrument control, understanding of statistics, spectra.

Education Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in physics, applied physics, mechanical engineering, materials science, or optics with at least 2 years’ industrial experience or M.S. with 5 years’ experience or equivalent
  • Please note that we are not looking for an ‘Optical Engineer’ who is focused on designing lenses or is concerned with imaging.  We are looking for someone who has designed and built their own equipment in order to analyze materials or processes that were previously untested.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands include:  walking, standing, sitting, use of hands or fingers to handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk and hear, lift up to 40 pounds, close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distant vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), peripheral vision (ability to observe and area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point), Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships), ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus).  Must be able to safely wear necessary personal protective equipment in designated areas i.e. lab coat, safety glasses.  Must be able to respond to visual and audible alarms.

Work is performed in either a laboratory environment or manufacturing setting.  The ambient noise level in the work environment is moderate.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to hazardous chemicals.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Nanosys offers competitive salary including stock options with a wide range of benefits including a comprehensive health plan, basic life and AD&D, short and long-term disability insurance, 401(k) savings plan, 4 weeks paid time off and 11 paid holidays.

EOE-M/F/D/V employer

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Sr. Process Equipment Maintenance Mechanic

Join the Quantum Dot Pioneers!

Nanosys is building a Quantum Dot revolution, combining scientific expertise with awareness of the system needs of TV and display manufacturers.

Our Quantum dots improve the power efficiency, brightness and color performance of LED LCD displays. This enables LCDs to compete with and even outperform OLED displays. Nanosys has more than 30 products in the market from top brands like Samsung, Sharp, Vizio, TCL, Hisense and ASUS. Well over a million devices with Quantum Dots shipped in 2015 ranging in size from 7” to 88”.

Today, Quantum Dot displays are built just like LED displays. The quantum dots are added to the backlight of the display in the form of a translucent plastic film that is coated with quantum dots. Each sheet of film contains literally trillions of Quantum Dots. In this mode, the Quantum Dots are improving existing LED displays by enabling them to be more power efficient and by increasing their color performance by over 50%.

We are currently ramping up the development of our next generation Quantum Dot devices.  This involves the development of new formulations that enable the material to be printed, patterned and applied in electroluminescent device structures.

At our heart, we are a specialty chemicals company and our manufacturing process requires that we run wet chemistry lines with commercial scale reactors and process piping.  We are currently growing our production capabilities and transforming some of our pilot lines into full scale commercial production.  As we expand, the engineering we do and the products we make have never been created before.  Our machine shop capabilities allow us to fabricate one off fittings. Our cutting-edge environment creates a unique opportunity for the kind of engineering and maintenance mechanic that enjoys a challenge and who can take ownership of equipment and processes – if that’s you then we invite you to consider the following opportunity for a Senior Process Equipment Maintenance Mechanic at Nanosys.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design, lay out and fabricate prototypes and fixtures for batch chemical processing operations.
  • Work with the Engineering and Production departments to diagnose, repair, modify and maintain chemical processing equipment to insure safe and efficient operation.
  • Respond to problems with utilities and the equipment supporting plant operations. 
  • Ensure that all preventative maintenance schedules and protocols are followed in a timely manner and that all records are kept up to date.
  • Install and start up new (process) equipment.
  • Write and conduct Installation and Operational Qualification (IQ/OQ) procedures for new equipment.
  • Track equipment histories to ensure critical spare parts inventory.
  • Follow Safety, Health & Environmental safe work procedures.

Experience and Job Requirements:

  • Strong hands-on mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, and equipment trouble shooting and maintenance skills.
  • High school diploma or equivalent and five to eight years of mechanical maintenance experience in a chemical manufacturing or a fermentation / biotech / pharma environment.
  • Ability to diagnose and repair mechanical, electrical or pneumatic problems with chemical production equipment and process piping.
  • Familiarity with maintenance and handling of glass lined steel equipment.
  • Experience with troubleshooting and repairing vacuum pumps, piping and high & low pressure plumbing.
  • Experienced with use of hand tools and power tools.  Ability to use machine tools to fabricate custom parts.
  • Experience working with hazardous materials such as solvents and acids.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Must be safety conscious and have excellent safety record.
  • Working knowledge of OSHA regulations.
  • Ability to establish good working relationships with other departments.

Desirable Skills:

  • Write procedures for preventative maintenance (PM) and repair of equipment planned for use in production. 
  • Experience with PLC programming and troubleshooting.
  • Ability to use CAD to design prototype components and fixtures.
  • Knowledge of HVAC and facilities equipment.

Physical requirements necessary to perform this job:

  • Visual acuity sufficient to work with small parts.
  • Ability to hear abnormal sounds from process equipment, safety alarms    and process alarms.
  • Physical ability to perform equipment maintenance, including occasionally working in awkward positions.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Ability to manipulate heavy items such as gas cylinders.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands include:  walking, standing, sitting, use of hands or fingers to handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk and hear, lift up to 50 pounds, close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distant vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), peripheral vision (ability to observe and area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point), Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships), ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus).  Must be capable of climbing step stool to reach items at heights above 7 feet.  Must be able to physically stand for up to one hour.  Must be able to safely wear necessary personal protective equipment in designated areas i.e. lab coat, safety glasses.  Must be able to respond to visual and audible alarms.

Work is performed in either a laboratory environment or manufacturing setting.  The ambient noise level in the work environment is moderate.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to hazardous chemicals. 

Nanosys offers competitive salary with a wide range of benefits including a comprehensive health plan, basic life and AD&D, short and long-term disability insurance, 401(k) savings plan, paid time off, paid holidays, employee referral program and stock options. We are seeking results-oriented people that are driven to succeed through teamwork, focused on discovery to solve real-world challenges, and passionate about building a new industry.

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Director of R&D - QLED Devices

Join the Quantum Dot Pioneers!

Nanosys is building a materials revolution, combining scientific expertise with awareness of the system needs of TV and display manufacturers. We are looking for people who are not only energetic, committed and passionate about what they do, but focused on applying innovation to help industries overcome obstacles through materials architecture. We have a “roll-up your sleeves” culture that is based upon individual empowerment, mutual respect, integrity and recognition of successes.

Our quantum dots are designed to increase the range of colors emitted by standard displays by up to 50% and that’s why we are interested in the color emitting characteristics of the semi-conductor materials we synthesize into fluorescent nanocrystals. Once created, the dots are coated onto a barrier film that we call QDEF, which in turn is added to a display during the manufacturing process. We are constantly developing new dots, looking at new methods of encapsulation and always pushing the R&D envelope regarding the materials we design and manufacture. We have been very successful in developing the market for quantum dots in the display industry and we are currently developing our next generation of game changing devices which involves the development of Quantum Dots as emitters of light & color and it is for this reason that we invite you to consider the following opportunity at Nanosys:

Director of R&D – QLED Devices

We are looking for an experienced, up-beat, highly technical manager who can lead a ground breaking R&D program.  Innovation in both materials and devices are required for development of the next generation of emitters for the display industry (think of an OLED that uses Quantum Dots!).

The ideal candidate will come from a light-emitting device background (preferably OLED) and will have a successful track record in the development of thin-film / electro-photonic devices and will have led projects in either the display, lighting or solar cell industry.

Summary of essential job functions:

  • Work with the VP of R&D to develop and then execute agreed upon research and product development timelines.
  • Manage a multi-disciplinary team who are developing both the materials, devices, and characterization of these devices.
  • Build consensus around ideas and projects.
  • Develop budgets, timelines and materials performance criteria and appropriate measurement criteria. 
  • Lead the QLED (Quantum Dot Electroluminescence) team to develop and execute agreed upon materials performance timelines.
  • Work with the material scientists to modify materials for improved device performance.
  • Work with external partners and collaborators to accelerate development.
  • Recruit, train and motivate team members into a strong, cohesive team.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • A highly creative leader.  Able to bring out creativity in staff while adding his/her own ideas collaboratively. 
  • Structures a technical approach to meet time-based deliverables.
  • Excellent leadership, collaboration and interpersonal skills and the ability to work with cross-disciplinary groups.
  • Extensive experience in the development and characterization of novel materials; especially where little or no literature exists.
  • Strong test methodology background associated with electro-optical characterization of these devices; including measurement of EQE, device lifetime, as well as approaches to probe failure modes of these devices.
  • Experience with semiconductor device modeling, band diagrams, and approaches to resolving issues illuminated by these models.
  • An understanding of materials science and device physics as it applies to improving both device efficiency and lifetime.  Experience determining origin of device failure modes highly desired.
  • Superior problem solving skills.
  • A willingness to take chances, think beyond the conventional and then test a hypothesis and re-calibrate in order to reach a materials performance goal.

Education & Experience:    

  • A Ph.D. in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Material Science or a very closely related discipline.
  • Experience managing and leading the people, processes, projects and budgets associated with new product development in an R&D environment.
  • 10+ years of relevant industrial experience developing OLED or other thin film devices ideally in the display or lighting industry.
  • Experience with the development of innovative/novel materials in the thin film space.
  • Hands-on experience with semiconductor device physics including device fabrication and testing.
  • Ideally have experience working with Quantum Dots.

Nanosys offers competitive salary including stock options with a wide range of benefits including a comprehensive health plan, basic life and AD&D, short and long-term disability insurance, 401(k) savings plan, 4 weeks paid time off, and 11 paid holidays.

EOE-M/F/D/V employer
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