Under the general direction of the Lab Manager and Director, the incumbent serves as the lead engineer independently responsible for the daily management of the INRF and BiON cleanroom environment. Assists the Lab Manager in planning, organizing and overseeing the work of Lab technicians, Specialists and super users. Ensures and promotes safety within the lab cleanrooms at all times and serves as liaison between the campus EH&S unit, Lab Manager and users. Oversees the operation of all tools, ensuring equipment repeatability and up time by proactively scheduling equipment test to confirm that lab tools are meeting manufacturer specifications and make necessary adjustments and make necessary repairs if performance is not to those standards. In addition, establishes baseline processes for all tools and delegates benchmarking assignments to cleanroom staff and super users. Also, develops and documents semiconductor type process recipes and standard operating procedures for use of equipment in the areas such as in lithography, deposition, reactive ion etching and CVD system and also in wet processing areas.
In addition, the incumbent provides specialized engineering support for use in nanotechnology and MEMs applications to Principal Investigators and Industry Users for research projects, process development and foundry substrate processing jobs. Lastly, the incumbent promotes facility development by serving as a public relations contact for technical capabilities at academic outreach functions and by aggressively marketing to potential industry users.
MANAGEMENT/SUPERVISON OF CLEANROOM (50%)
Supervise and assign the daily tasks performed by lab staff including technicians and super users in order to ensure the proper cleanroom environment, equipment uptime and safety. Provide direction to cleanroom staff by serving as the Lead on all processing jobs and delegating work appropriately. Maintain and develop standard operating procedures for equipment operation and chemical processes. Oversee adherence to general safety policies and procedures by staff and users including safe chemical handling, toxic waste disposal and appropriate use of PPE. Provide hands-on training and conduct qualification tests for all cleanroom users. Oversee the development of online training modules and assessment tools for user access. Maintain and update the cleanroom Lab Safety Manual on a regular basis. Work closely with EH&S to organize annual Lab Safety Meeting.
PROCESS DEVELOPMENT (20%)
Coordinate the design, fabrication, installation and testing of new processing systems with research faculty or industry users, campus facilities, EH&S and equipment vendors. Incumbent is responsible to manage activity from start to finish including demonstration of system performance and realization of research goals. Work with faculty/industry users to translate research goals into spec/plan by quantifying requirements to achieve desired etch rates and uniformity across typical sample. Analyze best approach including price/performance trade-offs, schedule adherence and vendor reliability. Work with vendors on design changes, material suitability, and installation requirements. Supervise system installations, monitor and verify conformance to relevant health and safety codes and observe strict adherence to cleanroom standards. Oversee systems performance tests and document operating and maintenance procedures.
EQUIPMENT MAINTENACE/INSTALLATION (20%)
Under the direction of the Lab Manager, oversee new equipment installations and expansions of existing equipment capabilities. Formulate and/ or review plan changes and drawings. Review cost and parts plans including material suitability for cleanroom, corrosive gas use, etc. Coordinate plan implementation with campus facilities, EH&S and vendors. Review calibration, test and performance data. Conduct repairs and maintenance on existing lab equipment and subsystems including but not limited to: Flash Evaporators Thermal and e-beam system, (RIE) Reactive Ion Etch, (PECVD) Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition, Sputtering DC and RF system, Ashers, Aligners, SEM, Diffusion Furnace, (LPCVD) Low Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition, Measurement tools, such as, Surface profilometer, Ellipsometer, Nanospec for Thin film thickness measurements, Electro Plating station. Also, establish schedules for routine inspections of external and internal utilities systems and equipment to determine maintenance needs, replacement of worn parts, recalibration or the need for updating to ensure that systems and equipment are in efficient and safe operating condition.
Inspect and make repairs or replace the necessary components on support equipment for the various laboratory process equipment (e.g., small chillers and water pumps, vacuum and blower pumps, wet acid bench pollution control system, Controlled Decomposition / Oxidation (CDO), wet scrubbing system).Perform equipment test on the equipment using the equipment test standards to confirm that lab tools are meeting manufacturer specifications and make necessary adjustments if performance is not to those standards. Also work with campus facilities to maintain clean room and utilities to the design specs
FACILITY DEVELOPMENT (10%)
Represents and promote the INRF and BiON facilities to faculty and visitors from industry and government agencies. Establish contacts with entities capable of supporting the INRF through donations, grants and contracts. Communicate with industry, state and federal agencies to aggressively market the services that the facilities provide, and to promote the use of the facility in dealing with inquiries from local industry. Provides expertise and continuity in the use of cleanroom process equipment.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
Experience and thorough understanding of utilizing various tools for development and manufacturing of devices. This includes tools for lithography, physical vapor deposition, reactive ion etching, chemical vapor deposition, characterization and front and back end equipment such as characterization and packaging.
Expertise knowledge in conducting the following processes for R&D: dry etch, wet etch, photolithography, e-beam, thermal, sputtering, characterization, semi-conductor, and mask making.
Demonstrated experience overseeing the work of technical and shop personnel.
Demonstrated hands on experience with independently solving and troubleshooting equipment issues relating to maintenance and repairs and experience using benchmarking to verify that tools are operating properly.
Excellent communication skills to interact with students, staff, faculty and industry. Train and assist students and researchers in the fabrication of devices. Also to serve as liaison to EH&S and Facilities Management on training and safety issues.
Ability to determine supply needs, procurement and fabrication priorities.
Experience and ability to act as a consultant to Academic PI's and Industry Clients on experimental engineering design.
Bachelor's Degree in Engineering and five years of engineering experience in planning, development, and construction of engineering systems, including two years in specialized design work; or an equivalent combination of additional education and experience.
Demonstrated experience in wet chemical processing for nanofabrication following proper safety procedures and safety data sheets (SDS).
Demonstrated fabrication experience of at least 5 years utilizing traditional semiconductor devices, micromachining, MEMS and microfluidic devices. Thorough knowledge and understanding of lab infrastructure for cleanrooms. This includes abatement, chill water systems, specialty gas delivery systems, exhaust and ventilations systems (HVAC), clean dry air (CDA) and nitrogen delivery systems.
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