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  • cadmium_telluride cadmium_telluride Jun 23, 2010 4:17 PM Flag

    Important: Any Updated on FSLR's Tellurium Initiative Department?

    During certain time point in history about one or two years ago. FSLR posted a job offer on the internet which is very interesting.

    Subsequently as people become curious regarding the implication of this job posting, on FSLR's future tellurium supply, they quietly and promptly removed all traces of that job posting from the internet.

    I would very much like to learn from FSLR whether they have indeed established such a "Tellurium Initiative Department", and what is its functionality, and how does FSLR's tellurium supply look like, as there is a looming global shortage of tellurium and the price is steadily moving up, in response to FSLR's own ever increasing demand.

    Draw your own conclusion after you contact FSLR.

    Manager, Metals Refining Development
    Location: Perrysburg, OH
    Job Code: 655
    # of openings: 1

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    First Solar is a leader in the development and manufacturing of thin film solar modules used in grid-connected solar power plants. Our high growth and position in the renewable energy industry offers outstanding opportunities to individuals seeking an exciting work environment in one of the most important industries for the 21st century. Our culture is one where teamwork, continuous improvement, achievement of results, and environmental responsibility are core values. We are seeking new associates that are motivated to contribute their talents to making cost effective solar energy an important part of the world’s energy mix.

    Basic Job Functions

    The Manager will lead the initiative on recovery of tellurium from mined sources and non-traditional material containing tellurium. The manager will help to build a group that will have capability in hydro- and pyro-metallurgy skills to be applied in meeting the objective of tellurium recovery. The Manager and the group will develop processes at the bench scale, expertise to scale up to operation level, capacity to work with external (metallurgical) labs, select and optimize equipment and deliver on tellurium units ready for use in the manufacture of CdTe.

    Qualification Requirements:

    · Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering discipline
    · Advanced degree in metallurgical or chemical engineering
    · Specific and demonstrated experience working in process development environment
    · Five (5) years experience in a lead role (process or project development)
    · Proven problem solving skills.
    · Proven Organizational and Managerial Skills.

    Essential Job Functions:

    · Develop team containing associates of A players to move the metals purification initiative to level capable of supporting deployment of processes/operations for tellurium recovery
    · Responsible for interviewing, hiring and coaching process engineering personnel to meet assigned objectives.
    · Manage process and equipment selection, evaluate analytical support to group, ensure process improvement activity relating to installing a plant to produce tellurium.
    · Responsible for and providing oversight for documenting and reporting development work in high quality/scholarly format.
    · Works with others in Tellurium Initiative Department to support efforts to locate and develop additional tellurium sources.
    · Assist in department expense and capital budget activity and help to adhere to budget
    · Responsible for effective communication of activity and outcomes
    · Foster team-building of group
    · Ensure adherence to safety procedures and good housekeeping standards.
    · Serve as a resource for tellurium/cadmium metallurgical processes.


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