Analyst-AI I USA

First Solar

First Solar

Software Engineering, IT, Data Science
Perrysburg, OH, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Job Description

First Solar reserves the right to offer you a role most applicable to your experience and skillset.

Basic Job Functions:

  • Understand how company goals and challenges can be addressed by integrating AI capabilities into the manufacturing process to improve productivity.
  • Work with cross-functional teams in identifying and assessing key opportunities where AI solutions can drive significant business benefits.
  • Analyze and deliver AI and Machine Learning solutions while maintaining high ethical standards.


  • Bachelors degree in Data Science, Computer science, Applied Mathematics, Physics, or Electrical Engineering with 2-4 years of experience OR
  • Masters degree in Data Science, Computer science, Applied Mathematics, Physics, or Electrical Engineering with 1+ year of experience

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Experience in generative AI techniques such as GANs and VAEs.
  • Ability to stay updated with the latest advancements in generative AI research and incorporate them into work.
  • Strong background in Machine Learning and Deep Learning algorithms.
  • Proficient in Machine Learning packages such as TensorFlow, JAX, Keras, and/or PyTorch for developing AI models.
  • Proficient with programming languages (Python, Matlab, R, or similar), relational databases (SQL server), data analysis and visualization software such as JMP, PowerBI.
  • Integration of AI solutions with existing or new software systems.
  • Ability to demonstrate understanding of the Software Development and Quality Lifecycles.
  • Experience developing test scenarios/plans and documenting test cases.
  • Have solid understanding of the machine learning model tradeoffs such as hyper-parameter tuning, regularization, cross-validation, skewness in data, dimensionality reduction, and complexity vs interpretability.
  • Excellent communication, organization, and interpersonal skills, comfortable to interpret data and modeling efforts to a large audience on a regular basis.
  • Ability to take initiative and proactively engage with stakeholders and manage multi-faceted projects.
  • Demonstrated results in developing and delivering customer-facing technical collateral.
  • Ability to participate in video/conference calls with global team outside normal business hours.
  • Manufacturing experience is a plus.
  • Experience programming in C#/.NET is a plus.
  • Knowledge of Windows Server environments and network architecture is a plus.
  • Experienced with standard data science and machine learning packages such as Numpy, Pandas, Matplotlib, seaborn, plotly.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Keep knowledge and skills up to date through exploration and learning on emerging Gen AI technologies and Industry 4.0 techniques.
  • Assess Manufacturing functions and processes to find opportunities for improved productivity by integrating Gen AI, and Industry 4.0 solutions with current practices.
  • Take ownership of data analysis, modeling, data quality, and feature engineering.
  • Use tools such as Python, R, and Matlab to automate data analysis. Write and document reusable scripts with a mix of API's and packages.
  • Advise business partners on technology, and policy issues associated with AI.
  • Document and communicate the solutions architecture and lessons learned for each project or proof of concept exploration.
  • Define success criteria of AI solutions and take ownership of meeting and exceeding success criteria.
  • Work on all aspects of AI solutions, including functional and process design, flow mapping, prototyping, testing, and defining support procedures in collaboration with MES Software Engineers and business partners.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Job description subject to change at any time.

Reporting Relationships:

  • This position will report to Manager I- IT in the MES department.
  • This position will not have direct reports.


  • 0% - 5% (On occasion/as needed for training, etc.)

Estimated Salary Range:

  • $63,900-$91,000 annually.

US Physical Requirements:

  • Will sit, stand, or walk short distances for up to the entire duration of a shift.
  • Will climb stairs on an occasional basis.
  • Will lift, push, or pull up to 27 pounds on an occasional basis.
  • Required to use hands to grasp, lift, handle, carry or feel objects on a frequent basis.
  • 20/40 vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required.
  • Must be able to comply with all safety standards and procedures.
  • May reach above shoulder heights and below the waist on a frequent basis.
  • May stoop, kneel, or bend, on an occasional basis.
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment is required (including but not limited to; steel toed shoes, gloves, safety glasses, hearing protection, protective jacket or apron and arm guards).
  • All associates working on the production floor may be required to wear a respirator at any given time and thus, the ability to wear a respirator is a condition of employment and continued employment (requires little or no facial hair).

Potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role. All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check and any other tests that may be required.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: First Solar is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.