Research Scientist, Components

Job Description

We currently have an opening for a Senior Development Scientist within our LED Components group in Raleigh/Durham, NC. We hope you’ll read on to see if you have what it takes to join the revolution.


Job Summary:

As a member of the Cree R&D team, you will support Cree’s leadership in a wide variety of LED products. You will be responsible for the development, design, and manufacture of turn-key LED solutions for customers. You will gain an understanding of and adhere to UL, Energy Star, and other certification requirements.

In particular, your efforts will focus on compact, high-performance, multi-functional encapsulation and packaging techniques for LED lighting. Further efforts will inevitably include procurement, reliability, manufacturability, and cost. In order to be successful in this role you will need an understanding of many aspects including wire bonding, encapsulation, power electronics, thermal and mechanical design, and you will continually improve existing processes as well as bring new designs from conception to manufacturing.


In this role you will perform a diverse mixture of activities and will have the ability to focus intensely on one effort without neglecting others. In order to accomplish your goals, you will need to maintain a very strong work ethic. For example, the successful candidate will be responsible for planning the activities of an R&D group that operates 24X7. This will require weekend work and availability at any time for problem solving.

This position is geared towards candidates that are more process development focused. However, as a member of the LED R&D team, you are expected to learn and adapt to other functions as needed and support production as well as design. For example, the company may require assistance with production or R&D electronics equipment as well.


To be successful in this role you will need to take a can-do approach towards continuous improvement and hard-to-reach goals. For example, after a good product with great efficiency, power factor, and other specifications is brought to market, higher goals will be set.


If this description has piqued your interest, keep reading to find out if you have the experience and background to be successful in this role.



  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, Materials Science & Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or other relevant technical major. New or recent graduates are encouraged to apply.
  • Desire to work in an Applied R&D role geared toward product development
  • Strong hands-on based aptitude is required.
  • Self-starter, able to manage projects with minimal guidance.
  • Have a ‘whatever-it-takes’ attitude.
  • Thrive in a high-pressure, deadline-oriented atmosphere.


  • Experience with LED chips or components encapsulation
  • Efficient use of Data analysis tools such as JMP, Excel, and VBA

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.





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