Senior Engineer - Process Development, Silanes

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Date: Oct 9, 2021

Location: Charleston, TN, US

Company: Wacker Chemie AG


Our world needs ideas! As one of the world’s most research-intensive chemical companies, we have been developing leading solutions for numerous sectors – from construction to photovoltaics and cosmetics to rubber – for over 100 years. We have a global presence with production sites on three continents and 14,600 employees from 70 nations.


WACKER POLYSILICON is the global leader in the production of polycrystalline hyperpure silicon for the semiconductor and solar solar industries. At our Charleston site, we are currently looking for a Senior Engineer - Process Development, Silanes to join our growing team.


Job Responsibilities

The silanes development engineer provides process support and development engineering services for manufacturing and purifying chlorosilanes (chlorosilane reaction, distillation, conversion, and infrastructure) to produce hyperpure polycrystalline silicon to the semiconductor and solar markets. Optimization of the production processes is achieved by initiating, conducting, and managing investigations and projects focused on evaluating, improving, and validating processes, procedures, equipment, and supplies focused on safety, quality, stability , cost reduction, and productivity.


  • Initiate, conduct, and manage projects to achieve process improvements in the chlorosilane purification systems (chlorosilane reaction, distillation, conversion and infrastructure) by testing, evaluating, improving, and validating processes, procedures, equipment, and supplies focused on safety, quality, reliability, cost reduction, and productivity.
  • Participate in or lead interdepartmental teams or working groups to support operations and engineering in identifying and correcting deviations from standard processes, quality, or capabilities.
  • Monitor and ensure continuous alignment of quality, processes, and products among corresponding departments, local management, and global partners.
  • IP protection by patent application as needed as well as monitoring of competitor patents, researching information about technological trends and technology applied by competitors.


  • Required education: B.S. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or closely related technical degree
  • Preferred education: M.S. or Ph.D. preferred in chemistry, chemical engineering, or closely related technical degree
  • Minimum 5+ years of related experience
  • A team player attitude is essential for successfully collaborating with the various departments and levels of the organization including international colleagues.
  • Established organizational and communication skills, necessary to be take ownership of projects and successful in a fast-paced manufacturing environment.
  • Strong systematic working style with the capability of professionally dealing with changing priorities and requirements.
  • Basic understanding of instrumental analytics is preferred.
  • Experience with database queries (e.g. SQL) and data processing software (e.g. Minitab) is preferred.
  • Broad and interdisciplinary knowledge in Silicon and/or Chlorosilane chemistry preferred.
  • Knowledge of and/or certification with Six Sigma Green or Black Belt certification is a plus.
  • Knowledge of general industrial wastewater treatment processes is a plus.Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Polymer Science, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or a related field
  • Master’s degree in Chemistry, Polymer Science, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or a related field, preferred
  • Knowledge of structure, property performance relationships in polymer coatings and/or basic knowledge of interfacial phenomena and rheology
  • Minimum 4 years' experience in related field required
  • Ability to translate an idea into a viable commercial product is essential. This includes, but is not limited to experimental planning, economic evaluation, manufacturing considerations, safety and regulatory compliance, intellectual property considerations etc.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals, both on the technical side as well as the commercial side, is necessary. This includes both individuals within the company, as well as customers.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in cross-functional teams.
  • Strong commitment to environmental health and safety excellence.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Driven by curiosity and has a high level of engagement.


WACKER, as an innovative chemical company, makes a vital contribution toward improving the quality of life around the world by developing intelligent solutions for sustainable growth. Our culture focuses on building and retaining diverse and inclusive teams. WACKER offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, competitive benefit offerings and beyond through giving back to our communities.


Be part of our WACKER family, across all nations!


We are looking forward to your online application at www.wacker.com.
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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.

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