Epitaxy Engineer - Materials Growth Facility, Research Office
Job no: 496838
Work type: Staff
Categories: Engineering, Research & Laboratory, Full Time
PAY GRADE: 31E
CONTEXT OF THE JOB:
The University of Delaware (UD) is creating a Materials Growth Facility (MGF) as part of its core facilities in electronic and photonic materials. This facility complements the existing UD Nanofabrication Facility, Keck Microscopy Facility, and Advanced Material Characterization Laboratory. Electronic materials growth plays an important role in modern science and engineering research programs as researchers from a wide variety of disciplines realize the opportunities available at the nanoscale. The primary objective of the facility is to enable UD to attract and retain top caliber faculty by providing in-house materials growth and to provide the infrastructure and expertise to encourage collaboration by enabling external faculty and scientists to undertake competitive research and development in the growing number of fields that rely on materials growth. The core of the facility is three molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) systems, focused on the growth of III-V semiconductors and chalcogenide-based topological insulator materials.
Under limited direction from the Material Growth Facility Director, the Epitaxy Engineer is responsible for managing the facility, providing expert guidance to existing and prospective users, growing samples for external users, and managing the maintenance and calibration of these systems. The engineer will continually develop new processes to push the state-of-the-art in order to attract and serve both internal and external customers. The Epitaxy Engineer may also assist in paper and proposal preparation including preliminary investigation and writing.
• Responsible for the day to day supervision of the operation, maintenance, and training of new users on the MBE systems within the MGF.
• Works closely with academic and industrial users to advise and enable their research; acts as a resource for process flow planning and optimization.
• Develops, documents, and continuously improves recipes and techniques to be incorporated by researchers into their work.
• Oversees training and demonstration of instrument operation procedures to UD undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral and other researchers, faculty members, and external users.
• Manages the maintenance of these systems and participates in the evaluation and selection of new equipment.
• Maintains personal competence and a broad knowledge of state-of-the-art in growth techniques and equipment by involvement in professional activities, including attending conferences, user's meetings and training, reviewing papers, etc.
• Oversees development and enforcement of safety and standard operating procedures.
• Coordinates the scheduling and tracks the usage of the systems equipment.
• Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
• Masters degree with at least five years of experience with epitaxy equipment and processes.Degree in physics, engineering, or other related field preferred.
• In-depth knowledge of the fundamentals as well as recent advances in the applications of epitaxy. Extensive hands-on experience with III-V or chalcogenide growth preferred.
• Strong mechanical inclination and troubleshooting skills.
• Ability to coordinate personnel to effect repairs and maintenance of complex equipment.
• Strong attention to detail, persistence, follow through, and the ability to work with minimal supervision.
• High energy, self-motivated with strong communication skills and personal work ethic, and a strong sense of ownership.
• Ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of personnel at multiple levels of expertise.
• Project management skills to prioritize and organize work, analyze and solve problems, and make sound decisions.
• Competence in investigation, analysis, and logic to coordinate scientific research.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: The work environment requires extensive safety training, wearing protective equipment, handling of chemicals and hazardous gases, and includes exposure to moving machinery and high noise levels. The position involves the use of tools requiring high dexterity and requires standing, bending, crouching, stooping, and occasionally lifting 25-50 lbs.
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