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Senior Scientists & Engineers Needed - LED Chips

03/15/2011 3:37 PM

HELP US OBSOLETE THE LIGHTBULB!!!

Are you someone who thrives on coming up with dynamic solutions that help a company grow? Do you want to be part of a company that is revolutionizing the lighting industry? Would you like to help enable a green technology that is solving some of the world's energy problems? If so, Cree could be the place for you. We are a fast-growing semiconductor company that is leading the LED lighting revolution and setting the stage to obsolete the incandescent light bulb through the use of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly LED lighting.

We are headquartered in Raleigh/Durham, NC; an area consistently ranked in the Top 10 Places to Live by Money Magazine and is also home to the Research Triangle Park (RTP). Raleigh was recently included in Kiplinger's Top 10 Best Cities for 2009. The RTP area was recently voted the #1 high-tech region in the country by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and was also recognized as the #1 Best City for Jobs by Forbes magazine. RTP is home to a broad spectrum of companies -- from Fortune 100 multinational research and development operations, to university spin-outs and start-up operations. Cree's facilities in the area are home to approximately 1800 full-time employees devoted to R&D, manufacturing, sales & marketing and other professional support roles.

Cree boasts a casual work environment, where jeans and shorts are a typical sight every day, not just on Friday. We have an onsite fitness facility; complete with indoor track, basketball court, racquet ball courts, aerobics room, free weights, machine weights and cardio machines. This facility is 100% free to our employees and their spouses, and is open Monday through Saturday. Our benefits include a quarterly bonus program, stock options, 401k, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, tuition reimbursement, and medical/vision/dental coverage.

We currently have multiple openings for Senior Development Scientists and Engineers within our LED Chips group. These positions will be stationed at our headquarters facility in Raleigh/Durham, NC.

Summary:
In these positions you will have the opportunity work with a team of Scientists, Engineers and Technicians to develop, improve and integrate new processes for III-V, Nitride-based LED products. As a Development Scientist/Engineer you will lead process improvement projects and coordinate process transfers to production teams. You also will get to expand your LED chips fabrication & processessing skills through characterization, equipment maintenance, experimental design and scheduling) and take ownership of related tools and processes. In order to be successful in this position you will need to be a resourceful hands-on problem solver with the capacity to quickly grasp and resolve a wide range of technical problems while managing one of more development efforts.

If you are someone looking for a high visibility position with a growing company, who loves a fast-pace environment and enjoys solving highly complex technical problems, then I encourage you to read through the next two sections which describe the type of experience and education we're looking for in order to be successful in this position.

Requirements:

  • MS or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Physics or other degree with relevant semiconductor research
  • 2 years experience in the semiconductor industry in a manufacturing or R&D capacity
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Able to summarize data and communicate findings quickly to support a 24x7 R&D operation
  • Thrive in a high-pressure, deadline-oriented atmosphere

Preferences:

  • 3-5 years experience in the semiconductor industry in a manufacturing or R&D capacity
  • Data analysis skills and experience with Access and JMP
  • Relevant work experience, such as III-V epitaxial layer growth, chip fabrication, or deveice level packaging

If what you've read so far sounds exciting to you, then I encourage you to send your resume to me, Josh Northington.

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I actually do look at every resume that comes in and will get in touch with you directly if you're a potential match.

Cree is the leader in LED technology. We hope you'll consider joining our team to help us stay in that position!

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03/16/2011 2:57 AM

So what you really want is "a resourceful hands-on problem solver with the capacity to quickly grasp and resolve a wide range of technical problems while managing one of more development efforts." because you are getting nowhere.

Yet you have written prerequisites that will eliminate the person you actually want.

It translates; "if you are a lineal thinking academic with zilch manufacturing and R&D protocol design experience, who wants to live high on the hog and be famous, call us!"

I think this is why Engineering regards HR as the cancer of 'project facilitation'.

Just sayin'

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03/16/2011 8:06 AM

I disagree with your assessment, but that's ok. Just so you konw, it was actually our engineering management team that wrote both the description and the requirements. They know what they want, and those people are out there working at other semiconductor companies right now.

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03/16/2011 4:07 PM

I'd suggest; if you look around for who you should be head hunting, that person would not meet the criteria.

That person would not be that interested in the 'bells and whistles', more in the challenge of weaving a common thread out of the 'unrelated' informational strands [and commensurate pay].

Some advice: When asking the people who have not solved an information design problem, to identify the abilities of a person who can, factor in; if they could identify those abilities, they could have solved it themselves.

Part 2 of that is they will tend to 'not replace themselves' when writing a 'role description', rather they seek to 'fob off' the roles they don't like, so they can just do what they do like.

Part 3, is you need someone to teach them how to manage and rank their information, not so much 'do it for them'.

Disagree all you like, but re-read line one above and have a think about that.

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03/16/2011 9:08 AM

LED will replace conventional bulb and that days are not far away. This was my prediction seven years back and I did presented paper in India about five years back. There are set of conditions one needs to achieve to be viable commercial product with defined life expectancy and for LED those are

1. Adhesive which goes for bonding of LED chip

2. Uniformity in dispensing

3. Cured density of the glue to be free of pinholes and porosity

4. Thermal management

LED after getting chips needs to go MLTCC (metal low temperature ceramic composite ) based substrate or defined FR4 metal composite to extract heat. Heat and reverse voltage are the two issue and the resolution of these can happen by automation and proper adhesive and substrate along with other materials and will have LED bulb ready for replacement of existing light bulb

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03/16/2011 10:58 AM

I read your post yesterday, and something therein struck me. I have been pondering:

"Cree boasts a casual work environment, where jeans and shorts are a typical sight every day, not just on Friday."

I will be candid with you, I feel an office where there is no decorum has an air of unprofessionalism. This sort of workplace may will appeal to some qualified employee candidates, but I would be uncomfortable working around a bunch of guys who are appropriately dressed to play basketball.

Where I work now, I wear a seven button shirt (over a white undershirt) and trousers (that extend all the way to my tied and polished shoes, NEVER sandals) every day. Blue jeans as often as not, but I do work in the construction business.

I have tried to imagine some of our CR4 members in their respective places of work dressed in a tee-shirt, shorts and sandals. I cannot quite imagine CR4 members 34point5, redfred, lyn, Del the cat, Milo, English Rose, PWSlack, kvsridhar, Masyood... the list goes on and on... dressed so. I further imagine that their office decorum (like mine) is not rigidly mandated, but seen as good business manners.

I'm just sayin'.

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03/16/2011 11:33 AM

^Doorman: We get that a bunch. We still have a very professional environment, but our employees spend most of their time inside a semiconductor clean room. We'd rather them be comfortable versus dressing in button-downs and slacks just to put on a bunny suit. So, it's a casual environment from a dress-code perspective, but still very serious on technology innovation and communication within the various departments. I hope that helps a little.

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03/16/2011 12:01 PM

Fair enough.

I lived and worked in Boise, Idaho for a while. Boise is a hotbed of activity for the technology sector, with Microsoft, Micron Technology, Sybase, [wire]Stone and other high-tech entities having a large presence.

I used to visit these high tech manufacturing facilities often, and noticed the large number of employees who were dressed as if they were heading to the beach. While on a site inspection at one Micron building, I commented to the facility manager (who was dressed similarly to me) about an individual we walked past in the corridor that was shabbily dressed... in fact, the sandals this guy wore did not match each other... My escort told me "Oh, that's Dr. So-and-so. He invented some new way to grow chips and we are making millions off of his idea. We just patened another of his inventions that should also pay off big!"

Even with all of this information... he still looks like a bum.

Best of luck to you in your search. Doorman

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