Process Engineer Sustaining, Nitride Epi

Job Description

Cree was founded by a group of NC State University research students in 1987 and we have spent the last 25+ years perfecting semiconductor technology. Today, we are at the forefront of emerging lighting and power solutions and continue to drive innovation.

Cree combines unrivaled semiconductor materials expertise with engineering innovation to deliver the most groundbreaking LED Chips, Components, Modules, and Fixtures to the marketplace. Our engineers are committed to developing unsurpassed processes, driving our need for only the best technical minds to maintain our competitive edge.

We currently have an opening for a Process Engineer within our LED Chips group.  This position will be stationed at our headquarter facility in Raleigh/Durham, NC. 


As a member of the LED Chips team, you will become an LED expert. You will not only understand the fundamentals, but will also deliver solutions for our LED products which drive improved performance, reliability and manufacturability. You will get to provide training to other Cree personnel where appropriate to improve overall capabilities of our LED Chips team.

In this role, you will be part of a team responsible for the MOCVD epitaxial growth of III-V based LED products. 

We are seeking a resourceful, hands-on, Process Engineer with the capacity to quickly grasp and resolve a wide range of technical challenges.  You will own MOCVD reactors and their associated LED manufacturing processes.  You will be responsible for a diverse mixture of activities and you will need the ability to focus intensely on one effort without neglecting the rest. To accomplish the goals, a very strong commitment to task is required. You will also need to be flexible in supporting a 24x7 production operation, which will require weekend work and other availability with constant opportunities for problem solving.

After reading that description, we hope your interest in piqued.  If so, check out the below to see if you have the needed education, skills and experience to be successful in this role.


  • BS degree in Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Physics, or related technical field.
  • 0-10 years experience in semiconductor process or materials development (recent graduates encouraged to apply)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills along with strong interpersonal skills
  • US Citizen or Green Card holder

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Thin film deposition or CVD experience (preferred, not required).  
  • Experience with databases, data analysis and applications development tools (Access, SAS JMP, Excel, Visual Studio, VBA, etc.).
  • SPC and Experimental design
  • Strong mechanical aptitude/troubleshooting ability

If you would be interested in teaming with the brightest minds in the industry and are ready to use your technical talents to help revolutionize lighting, we encourage you to apply online. Our recruiting team will contact you within one week if there is next level interest in your background.


Stay in touch with us…


Company Overview
At Cree, we’re always on. We believe that meaningful change happens through sheer force of will and the determination of a team solving a problem, and we’re unafraid to kick down the door to make it happen. That’s how we inspired the LED revolution and continue to create brilliantly affordable, radically simple, uncompromisingly efficient solutions that transform the way we experience light. From inventing America’s best-selling light bulb to commercializing the brightest lighting-class LEDs, our vision isn’t just to cultivate a thriving business – it’s to better the world. And we don’t take no for an answer.

Be part of what’s next. Join our growing multi-billion dollar start-up, named a 2014 MIT Technology Review “50 Smartest Company,” to revolutionize energy efficiency and transform the way we experience light.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.





Meet Some of Cree's Employees

Katrina Z.

Manager, Sustaining Engineering

Katrina pushes lighting technology forward by managing the engineers who assemble the inner workings of the Cree LED Bulb. She also looks at data to brainstorm ways to make the brightest LED components possible.

Shaheem C.

Employee Relations Specialist

Shaheem shapes, challenges, and improves daily life at Cree by scoping out opportunities to help employees be successful while also supporting the company's initiatives.

Back to top