Semiconductor Equipment Engineer

Updated: 26 minutes ago
Location: Berkeley, CALIFORNIA

The Berkeley Lab's Engineering Division is hiring a Semiconductor Equipment Engineer. This Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) Engineering Division has an immediate opening for a Semiconductor Equipment Engineer to join the team.


You will work closely with some of the world’s finest interdisciplinary scientists and engineers and apply your engineering skills at Berkeley Lab to help bring science solutions to the world. At Berkeley Lab, you’ll make an impact on some of the world’s most exciting scientific experiments and instruments.


The Microsystems Laboratory (MSL) is a semiconductor processing facility specializing in the fabrication of various types of radiation detectors and integrated electronics on high resistivity silicon. The facility consists of 700 sq. ft. of Class 10 clean room space with environmental control of +/-1 °F and +/- 2% relative humidity. Process capabilities include high temperature oxidation, deposition of thin films, and diffusion of impurity dopants, dry plasma etching, wet chemical etching and cleaning operations, and photolithography.


The Semiconductor Sensors, Detectors, and Solid-State Imagers developed and fabricated at the LBNL Microsystems Laboratory continue to make key contributions to large-scale international science experiments across all scales of inquiry with a particular competence in high-resistivity, fully depleted CCD imagers, such as those used in the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, a telescope that is making a 3D map of the universe.


In this exciting role, reporting to the Microsystems Laboratory Group Head, you will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Microsystems Lab to include on-going maintenance, quality control and improvement of equipment and processes. In addition, the successful candidate will investigate, create and develop new methods and techniques for project advancement and use professional concepts in accordance with Lab objectives to solve complex problems in creative and effective ways.


What You Will Do

  • Maintain and improve equipment and processes in photolithography, oxidation, diffusion furnaces, chemical vapor deposition, etching, thin film deposition, wafer sawing, deionized water production, and hazardous material handling.
  • Collaborate with LBNL staff and external vendors to resolve process equipment and facility issues efficiently.
  • Develop new detector processing methods and techniques.
  • Provide process engineering and troubleshooting for CCDs, MKIDs, TES, readout circuits, and other semiconductor detectors.
  • Solve complex problems using scientific and engineering concepts creatively and effectively.
  • Manage technical work and safety in the MSL and other facilities.
  • Conduct safety analysis, specify lab user training, and document safety procedures.


Additional Responsibilities as Needed:

  • Determine methods and procedures for new assignments and coordinate team activities.
  • Participate in groups and committees for hiring, policy, and strategic planning.
  • Contribute to prototype and production wafer processing.


What is Required

Level 2:

  • Knowledge equivalent to Bachelor’s Degree in functional specialty closely aligned with relevant programs and extensive related professional technical experience preferred. 
  • Experience in repairing and operating micro-fabrication equipment.
  • Skilled in using technical principles to solve complex problems independently.
  • Knowledge of facilities operations, maintenance, and improvements.
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills.
  • Creativity, originality, and advanced expertise in physics or engineering.
  • Proficiency in operating and learning laboratory equipment and procedures.
  • Ability to implement ES&H standards for safe laboratory operations.
  • Competence in setting priorities and coordinating activities and projects.
  • Ability to develop cost estimates, manage budgets, and schedules.
  • Effective collaboration with scientific, technical, and facilities staff.

Level 3 (in addition to Level 2):

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 6-8 years related professional technical experience.
  • Experience with accelerator and beamline electronic systems, or equivalent industrial experience. Solid foundation in CAD design techniques, design rules and specifications; AutoCAD or OrCAD experience. 
  • Advanced knowledge of EH&S standards for safe laboratory operations.
  • Advanced experience repairing, troubleshooting and maintaining micro-fabrication equipment and other laboratory equipment.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Significant professional experience with semiconductor physics, research and fabrication.
  • Experience with machine tool capabilities and ability to get complex parts fabricated in Laboratory or other machine shops.
  • Working knowledge of semiconductor physics at the level necessary to independently carry out projects.



Level 2

The full salary range of this position is between $96,684.00 to $163,188.00 annually and is expected to pay between a targeted range of $108,780.00 to $132,960.00 annually depending upon the candidate’s skills, knowledge, and abilities, including education, certifications, and years of experience.


Level 3

The full salary range of this position is between $117,180.00 to $197,748.00 annually and is expected to pay between a targeted range of $131,808.00 to $161,112.00 annually depending upon the candidate’s skills, knowledge, and abilities, including education, certifications, and years of experience.



  • This is a full-time 2 year, term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


Learn About Us:

Berkeley Lab is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory managed by the University of California and designated a Federally Funded Research and Development Center. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, we have a close relationship with UC Berkeley, as well as robust partnerships with other academic institutions and industries, including those in Silicon Valley. The Laboratory conducts world-class research that supports clean energy, a healthy planet, and solution-inspired discovery science. Berkeley Lab is defined by our deeply felt sense of stewardship , which we describe as a commitment to taking care of the Laboratory's research, people, and resources that are entrusted to us. Our values of team science, innovation, service, trust, and respect knit us together as a community. We practice these values and prioritize our principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability (IDEA ) to build highly effective teams that produce world-class science and technology and where all individuals, regardless of their backgrounds, disciplines, and experiences, can thrive.


Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities. To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here .


Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab’s mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

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