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Date:  Sep 22, 2023
Location:  Charleston
Company:  Wacker Polysilicon N.A., LLC
Do you want to take responsibility and make a difference with your work? With your expertise, we can achieve great goals together. We are WACKER - Reliable. Determined. Ambitious. As one of the world's most research-intensive chemical companies, we've been making countless products that are an integral part of your everyday life possible for over 100 years. From vegan food to resource-efficient buildings to solar cells, we develop sustainable solutions that change the future.
To strengthen our team in Charleston,
we are looking for you as a(n) Process Development Engineer I/II - Deposition.


This is Us:

You know us. You just didn’t know it. WACKER is a global chemical manufacture that prides itself on “Creating Tomorrow’s Solutions”. WACKER materials are so versatile and adaptable, they have virtually unlimited applications just about anywhere imaginable, making WACKER an integral part of daily life. Whether it’s protecting buildings from the elements, a tube of toothpaste, a cell phone, airbags, or cosmetics, people from all over the world come into contact each day with our products and achievements. We are looking for capable, innovative, and enthusiastic achievers to join our team and grow with us. We are currently seeking a Process Development Engineer in our Deposition department for our site in Charleston, TN.


What you will do:

The Process Development Engineer, Deposition position initiates, conducts, and tracks process developments (improvements) and changes for producing hyperpure polycrystalline silicon to keep the business division Polysilicon Charleston, TN site competitive with respect to output, cost, quality and EHSS by execution of the technology strategy of the business division. This position provides engineering and technical support services in order to ensure safe operations and to optimize the production processes and efficiency (with respect to cost, quality, quantity) of the polysilicon deposition (Deposition and H2-Recovery) at the Wacker Polysilicon plant in Charleston, TN. This position will transfer processes from German sites to the Charleston, TN site and continuously align processes between all business division sites.


  • Exerting influence on employees not directly subordinate in technical aspects to ensure improvements are made; projects definition, controlling costs and deadlines.                      
  • Technical supervision of employees of Process Development Deposition in a deputy role
  • Independent planning, execution and evaluation of experiments performed on the running production processes including documentation and presentation of results.
  • Evaluating experimental results and preparing corresponding recommendations for the improvement of processes and installation parts
  • Continuous process and product alignment between all business division Polysilicon sites (Semiconductor grade, Solar grade)
  • Conduct analyses of problems and deviations on the existing production processes (troubleshooting); analysis of process data (database, process historian, etc.); process support to meet production output goals.
  • Planning, monitoring and coordinating pilot production projects in cooperation with the Production and Engineering divisions.
  • Closely work together with process engineers in Germany during capacity expansion projects, process simulations and repair, as well as with engineers responsible for up- and downstream processes
  • Development of improved (output, quality, manufacturing costs) polysilicon deposition processes and equipment
  • IP protection by application for patents
  • Responsible for RCRA generation as relating to container and labeling usage, maintenance and storage functions, and regular inspections of RCRA applicable areas.
  • Any additional tasks necessary to fulfill business needs given by supervisor.
  • Special Assignments: Carrying out projects in the relevant task area in partnership with external institutes, service providers, suppliers, and competitors.
  • Ensure all safety and environmental related maintenance and technical controls are done in a timely manner and all P&ID are kept up date.


What we need from you:

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering or a related engineering field is required.
  • Minimum 0-3 years’ experience in a chemical manufacturing facility or similar industry plant environment
  • Experience in R&D/Production/Technology is preferred.
  • Proven successful performance in an environment with schedule and cost pressure.
  • Very strong in IT and data-processing skills, especially databases, statistical data processing (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Minitab, Access)  
  • Basic business experience
  • Experience dealing with frequently changing priorities and scope requirements.
  • In-depth knowledge in the area of chemistry, chemical engineering, process engineering
  • Broad and interdisciplinary knowledge of chemistry, good knowledge of instrumental analysis and catalysis preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as multi-tasking skills
  • Good organizational skills, independent and very systematic working style; fact-based and objective decision-making
  • Good team player, able to work effectively with colleagues in other areas and at other levels of the organization


What do we offer?
WACKER is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability. We are innovators, researchers, and pioneers and we believe that our individual differences are our collective strength. We foster an inclusive environment that promotes individuality, celebrates diversity, and builds cohesive teams. Together, we create exceptional value for our employees, our customers, and our communities by creating a culture of inclusion and equity that enables, empowers, and values our diverse contributions. 
WACKER strives to reward its employees in a fair and equitable manner. Our Total Rewards Package considers employee wellbeing and is comprised of compensation, benefits, work-life balance, performance & recognition, and career development.
  • Compensation and Incentive plans
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance effective day 1
  • Paid Time Off in addition to personal days and holidays
  • Paid parental leave
  • Wellbeing fund
  • Flexible hybrid work arrangements
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Career development and advancement opportunities
  • Support for Community Involvement
We are looking forward to your online application at
Reference Code: 25289 
The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job.
A minimum requirement for this US-based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent unrestricted basis.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, including for any type of US permanent residency (e.g., for a green card).
WACKER is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

Nearest Major Market: Chattanooga

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