Materials Scientist
Alternate Title: Research & Development Engineer
Materials Scientist

Materials Scientists study the structures and chemical properties of materials, including metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, and glass. They improve or invent new processes and materials for solar products.

As clean energy innovators, Materials Scientists develop new manufacturing processes and materials to decrease cost and increase panel efficiency for solar PV systems; apply materials science to building-integrated solar energy technologies to improve solar panel aesthetics; and devise testing methods to evaluate the effects of environmental conditions on particular materials. Additionally, Materials Scientists strengthen, combine, or develop new materials for use in a variety of solar products and applications and conduct research on the structures and chemical properties of materials to inform the development of new and improved solar products.