Process Engineer

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS



Position Overview

This is highly skilled work in the design and fabrication of microstructures and nanostructures in a variety of materials, including silicon, plastics and glass. Knowledge in the areas of photolithography, wet/dry etching, thin film deposition, and cleanroom operation are required. Tasks include developing photomasks, photoresist processing, deposition of conductive materials either through layered deposition techniques or electroplating, wet etching (using HF or other etchant materials) or dry etching (reactive ion etching, deep reactive ion etching) into silicon, and then using a variety of metrology techniques (Scanning electron microscopy, scanning profilometry) to characterize those materials. Expertise in the area of nanopatterning, nanoimprint lithography, and deep UV lithography would be helpful. This person will also supervise activities in the clean room and thus, knowledge in cleanroom operation is imperativef. Experience with AutoCAD and CAD/CAM software is helpful. Person hired to this position may provide leadership or supervision over staff and students.

Job Description

30%- Confers with faculty members, research associates and graduate students on the design, modification, and construction of microstructures and nanostructures in a variety of materials and executes operations required to realize the fabrication. Uses thorough knowledge of tools, materials and techniques associated with all phases of lithography.
25%- Constructs micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) or nano-electro-mechanical systems (NEMS) from either existing plans or from rough outlines of the design. Uses all techniques of the MEMS and NEMS areas to facilitate the design and fabrication of said devices.
15%- Oversees and maintains microfabrication and nanofabrication equipment used by research groups as well as cleanroom operation and operability. Instructs graduate students, faculty and others in the proper use of this equipment, where appropriate.
15%- Trains and supervises faculty, staff, and students in the use of the cleanroom facility and the tools within it. Tests users on general knowledge of tool usage and cleanroom safety before authorizing individuals for cleanroom use.
15%- Operates specialized equipment:

  • Mask Aligner
  • Nanoimprinter
  • Hot-embosser
  • Injection molder
  • SEM
  • Ellipsometer
  • DC Magnetron Sputterer
  • Thermionics E-beam evaporator with 3 electron sources for thin film deposition
  • Oxford Instruments plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) system for depositing dielectric films
  • Oxford Instruments inductively-coupled plasma reactive ion etch (ICP-RIE) system capable of deep RIE of silicon-based materials

Required Qualifications

  • PhD or MS in an engineering field with experiences in carrying out lithographic-based processes
  • Six months’ experience in machine tool technology or certification from an accredited technical school
  • Must be able to work in a cleanroom under lighting conditions to accommodate resist processing.

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Experiences in electroplating of molding tools
  • Experiences in plastic forming via hot embossing, nanoimprint lithography  and injection molding
  • Familiarity with cleanroom operation
  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    Prof. Steven A. Soper
    Department of Chemistry and Department of Mechanical Engineering
    The University of Kansas
    1567 Irving Hill Rd., Rm. 2184
    Integrated Science Building
    Lawrence, KS 66045

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    Complete online application includes: Cover Letter, CV and contact information for three professional references.

    Deadline to apply is July 31, 2019.

    Advertised Salary Range

    Starting at $50,000, commesurate with experience

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    Work Location

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding


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