Associate Process & Equipment Engineer

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: New Hyde Park, NEW YORK
Job Type: FullTime


PME Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility - Operations

About the Department

The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME; was established in May 2019 and evolved from the Institute for Molecular Engineering, which was founded in 2011. The PME integrates science and engineering to address global challenges from the molecular level up. The PME’s rigorous academic and research programs are made possible through the University of Chicago’s unique partnership with Argonne National Laboratory. The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering is the first new school at the University of Chicago in three decades and the first school in the nation dedicated to molecular engineering. In the next phase of growth as a School, the PME will continue to expand its team of world-class faculty researchers and empower students from diverse backgrounds to collaborate with faculty in cutting-edge facilities. The PME aims to bring solutions for urgent societal problems to the forefront, while training the next generation of scientific leaders and entrepreneurs. The Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility, completed in 2015, is a major research facility at the University of Chicago. This core facility is focused on supporting basic science, applied research, research and development, and prototype production using micro and nanofabrication.

Job Summary

The PME's Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility (PNF) is looking for a qualified, experienced Cleanroom Process and Equipment Engineer to help manage a suite of specialized tools that enable fabrication of complex, integrated electronic, mechanical, optical, and fluidic structures. The engineer is responsible for training users and developing fabrication processes, as well as preventative and corrective maintenance on a variety of tools and ancillary support equipment. This qualified individual will interface with students, scientists, and engineers to provide training and support on all process and equipment related matters.


  • Performs routine preventative maintenance and calibrations on tools in accordance with equipment manufacturer specifications.

  • Performs electrical and mechanical root cause troubleshooting of all equipment. Uses test and diagnostic equipment to perform equipment checks, calibrations and characterization.

  • Works closely with process engineers to understand equipment interactions and limitations relative to operating specifications.

  • As needed, modifies equipment to improve up-time or overall process performance.

  • Maintains select equipment in full operating conditions.

  • Independently develop standard operating procedures.

  • Works with vendors for technical assistance and support.

  • Maintains critical spare parts inventory, including performs new equipment installations and assist with start-up and acceptance testing.

  • Establishes preventive maintenance strategies.

  • Development and ownership of technical investigations.

  • Trains new users on equipment operations and assists users with operational support.

  • May perform process development at the request of the Technical Director.

  • Must be able to continuously work in a cleanroom environment, lift approximately 50 lbs and work with hazardous chemicals.

  • With a moderate level of guidance, researches, designs and evaluates a variety of mechanical processes and machinery.

  • Uses solid understanding of construction to install and repair new and existing electronic systems. Analyzes equipment to establish operating data and conduct experimental tests.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • BA/BS degree.


  • Minimum of two years of technical equipment maintenance including experience with semiconductor processing equipment.

  • Experience working with vacuum equipment.

Preferred Competencies

  • Knowledge of nanofabrication technology.

  • Knowledge in relevant scientific field.

  • Knowledge of research techniques or methods.

  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently, take direction, and achieve consensus.

  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills, problem solving ability, and attention to detail.

  • Ability to read and keep abreast of technical developments.

Working Conditions

  • Research/Office Environment .

  • Willingness to be on call.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Reference Contact Information (3)

When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


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