Northwestern University Micro/Nano Fabrication Facility (NUFAB) is seeking qualified and motivated applicants to work in our state-of-the-art 7000 ft2 class-100 cleanroom facility. As a member of the Soft and Hybrid Nanoscale Experimental (SHyNE) Resource, a node of the NSF’s National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) and Northwestern’s recent recruitment of world-renowned microfabrication faculty, NUFAB is going through a phenomenal growth phase. Under direction of Northwestern’s Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization and Experimental (NUANCE) Center and in close association with the Simpson Querrey Institute (SQI) and The International Institute of Nanotechnology (IIN), NUFAB expects to continue to lead the Midwest region in micro- and nanofabrication discoveries and development.
Responsible for the completion of research projects within the Core Facility. Provides services and consultation researchers and investigators to facilitate highly technical and specialized scientific research. Guides the Core in all relevant areas to ensure high quality service for the research community.
The preferred candidate will have demonstrated expertise in microfabrication equipment maintenance as well as process development/qualification in semiconductor cleanroom environment. The equipment experience should include fundamental understanding of the principles of the equipment operation, experience of equipment modification, troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair. The candidate will have demonstrated the ability to provide hands-on training for microfabrication and characterization equipment. The candidate will have demonstrated experience in chemical and cleanroom equipment safety. The successful candidate will be customer-oriented and will contribute towards improving the operation of the facility.
Maintains clear and accurate documentation of the protocols, instrumentation logs, and/or data collected.
Maintains established laboratory inventories.
Records work accurately and completely.
May contribute to grant writing.
Develops cost analyses and quotes.
Assists with administrative duties necessary for a fee-for-service facility operation such as collecting and/ or entering facility billing data.
Utilizes established safety practices and is responsible for providing a safe work environment for fellow employees and clients.
Participates in strategy-setting for the future direction and needs of the Core.
Provides specific and actionable feedback during the goal-setting processes.
Organizes in-house and/ or off-site training related to Core activities.
Develops and delivers presentations, seminars, and workshops.
Networks with key decision-makers within the research community (both internal and external to the University).
Performs literature reviews for the purposes of furthering the research.
Generates, collects, and analyzes data. Develops new analysis techniques and methodologies.
Develops complex and relevant science to Core technologies and applications.
Utilizes advances knowledge of applications, principles, theories, and concepts to design and troubleshoot projects for the research community.
Troubleshoots problems with procedures and equipment and suggests adjustments to protocols.
Works on advanced problems in which analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors.
Exercises judgement within defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques.
Develops training protocols relative to advanced instrumentation operation and applications. May deliver that training to Core staff and clients.
Trains and provides oversight to lower-level Core staff and clients.
Completes other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
4 years of relevant domain expertise.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
Data presentation skills;
Experimental design ability;
Ability to work as part of a project team.
Advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering or related physical sciences discipline.
5+ years of experience in cleanroom operations and related science/engineering field.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Excellence - works efficiently, produces quality work that is both accurate and insightful;
Discovery - makes improvements to the way work gets done;
Collaboration - builds strong working relationships and a positive work environment;
Diversity - treats everyone with courtesy and respect, providing a welcoming community for all;
Integrity - acts ethically, seeking guidance when the ethics of a situation are not clear;
Strong computer skills and knowledge of basic science principles;
Ability to work with complex machines and teach skills to others.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 40154
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.