Process Engineering Associate, Semiconductor Materials & Devices

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 process engineer with a strong background in semiconductor materials and devices for solid state energy conversion technologies.

Job Summary: The Research and Exploratory Development Department (REDD) at APL has a strong and growing R&D initiative to pursue innovative solid-state energy and thermal management technologies in order to support the ever-increasing energy, power and thermal demands in the national security, space, and healthcare domains. This position will engage in a wide spectrum of engineering and materials processing including but not limited to working in a materials/chemistry lab, custom engineering of high-vacuum, high-temperature equipment for characterizing materials, testing semiconductor devices, and the use of optical instruments. The successful candidate would work and communicate closely and effectively with the materials R&D team to ensure all tasks are performed to extremely high standards.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

1. Conduct materials and semiconductors processing. Duties include, but are not limited to, material synthesis, device fabrication, prototyping, and the facilitization, operation, and maintenance of the equipment. (55%)

2. Characterize and analyze materials and devices. (35%)

3. Communicate daily with project teams on materials development activities to support programmatic needs. Participate in discussion of ideas, options, and approaches. Report work progress in both oral and written form (10%)

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:

  • Two-year associate degree or equivalent
  • 2 years of laboratory experience in fabricating and characterizing semiconductor materials and devices
  • Organizational skills necessary for maintenance of laboratory process inventories and notebooks.
  • Detailed data analysis skills and the ability to communicate with the team to discuss results, future directions, and new ideas.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office to include Excel, Word, and PowerPoint,

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, materials science, chemistry, or a related field.
  • Hands-on experience in semiconductor processing such as photolithography, plating, and physical vapor deposition including e-beam evaporation
  • Experience working in a clean room

Special Working Conditions:

Long term assignments will take place in Laurel, MD at APL’s main campus. However, the initial work assignment will be located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina with some travel back and forth required to APL’s main campus in Laurel, MD.

Security: Eligibility for a Secret level clearance is required. 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 www.jhuapl.edu.

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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