R&D Team Leader for Photovoltaic Systems (M/F)
Total is one of the first international oil companies, the world actor of the gas, the petro chemistry and tomorrow, the biomass and the solar energy.
Gathering 100 000 employees in more than 130 countries, the Group implements its technological know-how to contribute to satisfy the present and future world energy demand.
TOTAL is one of the largest energy companies in the world, with over 96,000 employees, activities in more than 130 countries, and a branch, TOTAL Gas and Power (TOTAL G&P), dedicated entirely to the commercial development of gas resources and alternative energies (Solar PV, concentrated solar power, advanced biofuels, carbon capture and storage).
TOTAL has been involved in photovoltaic energy research since 1983, and is driven by the ambition to become the global leader in the solar industry.
TOTAL G&P pursues differentiation through technology as the first step towards building competitive integrated industrial operations in photovoltaic energy. In line with this strategy, the company makes important investments in technology research, such as the recent co-foundation of the Institut Photovolta¿ °que d'Ile-de-France (IPVF), which will be one of the five largest photovoltaic research centers worldwide.
TOTAL G&P leverages an original networked innovation model in order to develop technologies that will make a real difference in the near or mid-term future. The network already includes several partnerships with leading companies and start-ups. In each partnership, researchers at the partner institution and TOTAL G&P scientists jointly design and carry out the research efforts.
One of TOTAL G&P's most important R&D partners is the Laboratory of Analysis and Architecture of Systems (LAAS), a unit within the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). In collaboration with LAAS, TOTAL G&P is setting up a team of scientists conducting short, medium and long term research in Systems Products and Services, as well as power conversion. The team develops cutting-edge technology for TOTAL G&P's affiliate, SunPower Corp., renowned for producing the world's most efficient and reliable solar panels.
TOTAL G&P is seeking a Team Leader for this Systems R&D team, who will define the systems overall strategy, roadmaps and projects, and ensure first-rate developments that proceed to the pilot and production phase.
The candidate will be trusted with a large extend of autonomy to form his/her team which is currently in a phase of growth, define future research topics, and shape the place which the systems activity has within TOTAL G&P.The candidate will be based at the TOTAL G&P Headquarters in Paris, from where he/she will lead the Systems Team, which is located in Toulouse and Austin, Texas. He/she will benefit from an international work environment collaborating closely with various European partners and in particular with SunPower in California.
Reporting directly to the Head of the Department of Solar, the principal responsibilities of the Team Leader will be to: