Research engineer for cleanroom operations

Updated: 26 days ago

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Are you looking for an operative position in the heart of the academic micro- and nanotechnology research? 


Aalto Nanofab in Aalto University, Finland, is looking for a Research Engineer to to develop and maintain the Micronova cleanroom facilities. The position is permanent and full-time. 

Aalto Nanofab is part of the national OtaNano research infrastructure and operates in Micronova research center. Micronova - jointly operated with VTT - houses the largest academic cleanroom facility (2600 m2) in the Northern Europe with cleanroom areas ranging from ISO4 to ISO6. Nanofab keeps up over 100 production and measurement equipment and supports over 200 scientists who carry out research in a number of fields such as quantum technologies, photonics, renewable energy and microsystems to name just a few. For more information, please see .

Your role and goals

You will be part of a service team of ten experts with a role in developing and maintaining the cleanroom capabilities that Micronova offers for the academic and industrial users. The main focus of your responsibilities in the cleanroom and other Micronova laboratory facilities is to

  • coordinate and run the common operations and their development (e.g. daily problem solving, communication, user and safety trainings)
  • support the cleanroom users by guiding and training them in their practical questions
  • maintain selected tools and processes
  • consult the users in contamination issues and quality control (understanding of cross contamination, approving new processes and materials)

Aalto Nanofab is constantly improving the capabilities in Micronova cleanroom and thus the position enables you to broaden your expertise as new opportunities arise. In addition to the responsibilities described here you have the chance to improve and affect the daily operations of Micronova facilities according to your own interests e.g. take part in process development and procurement of new equipment.

Your experience and ambitions

You have a degree in natural sciences or technology (electrical engineering, electronics, semiconductor technology, material sciences, chemistry) and your education is complemented with working experience in cleanroom environment(s). You understand cleanroom operations and requirements, e.g. how to control cross contamination. You are familiar with basic cleanroom processes (e.g. wafer cleaning, lithography) and have practical experience in planning and executing them.

You find satisfaction in maintaining/creating a well-functioning research environment for the cleanroom users and you desire to develop and improve the facility and fabrication processes in close cooperation with your colleagues. Service and solution oriented mind-set, combined with a self-driven attitude make you succeed in this work. In addition, we hope that you find working in an international and multidisciplinary research environment motivating.

Our main working language is English. Fluency in Finnish is an advantage, but it is not required.

What we offer

We offer you a versatile and interesting position in a vibrant, multi-cultural academic environment. You will be able to use your skills and expertise to develop our world-class research environment, as well as to participate in research conducted at the highest international level. 

The starting salary is determined according to collective agreement of Finnish Universities, depending on experience and qualifications, and it will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. We have flexible working time as well as wide range of opportunities to learn and develop yourself. In addition, we´ll offer occupational health care services.

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community, please submit your application no later than 18 April 2021 using the link below. To apply, please share the following application materials with us (all documents in English as single PDF):

  • Letter of motivation (max. two pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of recommendation (if any)

Should you have any questions about the position, we will be happy to answer. Please contact Nanofab Manager Päivikki Repo. She is best available on Thursdays and Fridays at 10 am (Finnish time). Tel: +358 50 4652635. Email:

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