Nano / Microfabrication Specialist

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC. is seeking a researcher with a strong background in material science and micro/nanofabrication.

Job Summary:

The Research and Exploratory Development Department (REDD) at APL has a growing R&D initiative to pursue the design and synthesis of innovative electromagnetic materials, specifically engineered optical metamaterials and plasmonics for sensing, communications, and other defense and security applications.

The expanding field of nano-engineered materials which derive their extraordinary optical properties through unique geometric structure, promises to provide capabilities to significantly impact communications, energy conversion, and sensing.

The successful candidate would work and communicate closely with the materials R&D team to conceptualize new materials and research projects, propose new ideas to sponsors, perform tasking on a variety of research efforts, and ensure all tasks are performed to extremely high standards.


  1. Conduct innovative R&D in designer electromagnetic materials. Duties include, but are not limited to, micro/nanofabrication of electronic and optical devices with tasks that include photolithography, electron beam lithography, nanoimprint lithography, thin film deposition, wet etching, reactive ion etching, optical, electrical and mechanical characterization, and the facilitation, operation, and maintenance of laboratory equipment.
  2. Communicate daily with project teams and leadership on materials development and characterization activities to support programmatic needs. Participate in discussion of ideas, options, and approaches. Report work progress in both oral and written form.
  3. Contribute to sponsor briefings and proposals, publish original research in this area, and present the work at academic and technical conferences.
Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.Required Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in physics, materials science, chemistry, optical, mechanical or electrical engineering, or related field.
  • Demonstrated expertise in micro/nanofabrication techniques including photolithography, electron beam lithography, thin film deposition, wet etching, and reactive ion etching.
  • Experience in the design and test of optical systems, optical materials or devices, or photonics microsystems.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative, motivation, and flexibility.

Desired Qualifications:
  • PhD in physics, materials science, chemistry, optical, mechanical or electrical engineering, or related field.
  • Experience in analytical or computational materials science modeling and application of theory in guiding experimentation in the area of design of custom 2D materials with novel properties.
  • Knowledge of semiconductor physics, optical materials, metamaterials and/or related topics.
  • Experience in high speed characterization of devices, electrical probe stations, operation of high speed and high frequency test equipment, such as network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, and high-speed oscilloscopes.
Special Working Conditions: Occasional work in a closed area.

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity:Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.


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