The University of Delaware (UD) Nanofabrication Facility is an 8,500 sq. ft. laboratory whose primary objective is to enable UD to attract and retain top-caliber faculty and to provide the infrastructure necessary to enable existing and new faculty and researchers in the tri-state area and beyond to undertake competitive research and development in the growing number of fields that rely on nanofabrication.
The facility has been open for business since 2016 and is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for electron-beam and optical lithography, deposition, etching, thermal processing, metrology, and packaging; the vast majority of the tools were purchased new. The Facility is staffed by two Process Engineers, one Facility Specialist, and one Business Coordinator.
Under general direction from the Nanofabrication Facility Manager, the Process Specialist is responsible for operating, maintaining, and providing training on nanofabrication equipment as well as developing, documenting, and improving fabrication processes. The Specialist provides expert guidance to existing and prospective users on the materials and techniques best suited to meet their research needs. The Specialist continually develops new processes to push the state of the art in order to attract and serve both internal and external customers.
Responsible for the day to day supervision of the operation, maintenance, and training of nanofabrication equipment housed in UD’s Nanofabrication Facility.
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 nanofabrication processes and techniques to be incorporated by researchers into their work.
Coordinates training and demonstration of instrument operation procedures to UD undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral and other researchers, faculty members, and external users.
Participates in the evaluation and selection of research equipment.
Identifies degradation of equipment performance compared to specifications and develops maintenance standards.
Coordinates the troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair of defective instruments either using in-house resources or through manufacturers' service and assures minimum instrument downtime. Supervises and coordinates manufacturer service technicians during repair and maintenance procedures.
Assists facility manager and other staff with the development and enforcing of safety and operational protocols.
Coordinates the scheduling and tracks the usage of the nanofabrication equipment.
Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree with four years’ related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Degree in physics, engineering, or other related field preferred.
Knowledge of the fundamentals as well as recent advances in the applications of nanofabrication techniques.
Strong mechanical inclination and troubleshooting skills.
Ability to coordinate technical 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.
Must be analytical and quality conscious.
Excellent time management, organizational and prioritizing skills.
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.
Internal Number: 494462
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