Research Scientist - LED Products

Job Description

We currently have an opening for a Research Scientist within our LED Products 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.


What can Cree do for you?

  • This role will allow you to work in a cross functional role within our LED Products R&D group
  • You will have the opportunity to gain diversified development experience working on multiple projects
  • Ability to directly work and assist in developing our next generation of LED products
  • Potential for upward mobility in a thriving organization
  • High visibility role


What can you do for Cree?

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. This will require weekend work and availability at any time for problem solving. 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.


The successful candidate will be a resourceful, hands-on, problem solver with the capacity to quickly grasp and resolve a wide range of technical problems while managing one or more development efforts. This position is open to candidates with no semiconductor or growth experience as well as to those who have demonstrated semiconductor processing ability.


What you need for success:

  • 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.
  • New or recent graduates are encouraged to apply.
  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Compound semiconductor processing experience, particularly optoelectronic materials
  • Efficient use of Data analysis tools such as JMP, Excel, and VBA
  • Strong working knowledge of SPC and DOE principles and methods
  • Experience with databases and data analysis tools (SQL, Access, JMP, Excel, etc.)

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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