Section Supervisor - Microelectronics Fabrication

    • Laurel, MD

Do you thrive in a dynamic, high-energy, customer-focused environment?

Are you passionate about building, leading, and growing a highly skilled team?

Do you have a broad background in Micro/Nano Electronics research, facilities, and fabrication equipment and techniques?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL!

We are seeking a Section Supervisor to lead the Microelectronics Fabrication Section, in the Advanced Electrical Fabrication Group at APL. This is an outstanding opportunity to apply your technical and leadership experience in micro/nano electronics towards the fabrication of advanced prototypes and forward leaning research that advance the scientific knowledge of humankind, safeguard our nation's security, improve world health, and advance the frontiers of space.

In this role, you will facilitate the development and realization of a wide variety of the Lab's fabrication needs, while also providing support and expertise in advancing fundamental science and engineering. You will provide technical leadership and professional development to approximately 10 skilled technicians and professional engineers. Section supervisor duties include coordination and monitoring of tasking, maintaining a safe and collaborative environment and implementing modern standards of practice. You will work with the Group Supervisor, other Section Supervisors, and our Department's Chief Engineers to build and sustain a culture of technical excellence, cross-enterprise collaboration, and innovation. The Section Supervisor will lead and perform hands on process engineering functions in a micro/nano-fabrication facility to meet wide-ranging requirements from quick turn prototypes to space-flight certified devices and assemblies.

As a Technical Contributor and Section Supervisor, you will:

•Perform hands-on fabrication, using in-depth knowledge of various tools and equipment.
•Perform micro/nano process engineering functions
•Participate in key technical efforts; identify emerging opportunities and challenges; deal with technical concerns and troubleshoot issues.
•Create visual aids and software programs needed to support various fabrication tasks.
•Supervise, lead, and mentor staff.
•Ensure staff members are applying best practices to supported programs, including quality management practices and timely completion of deliverables.
•Establish and promote a climate conducive to intellectual curiosity, creativity, innovation, collaboration, growth, efficiency, respect for others, and fun.
•Recruit, develop, and retain a staff with outstanding technical capabilities.
•Define expectations, coach performance, and provide professional development.
•Coordinate training, develop critical staff skills, ensure assignment of work to staff is consistent with staff development and project needs
•Work with Senior Staff to ensure program costs and schedules are met with a high level of quality
•Identify and develop key talent for future leadership roles
•Communicate often and effectively with staff, other section leaders, and the group supervisor, implementing laboratory, department, and branch policies and procedures.
•Work with the Group Supervisor, Senior Staff, and program teams to develop task assignments and staffing plans.
•Support new business activities to expand the scope of the programs.
•Support sponsor engagement and concept development.
•Assist or lead activities to acquire new work for the Section/Group.
•Help create and execute the Group Strategy and Vision.
•Develop and maintain a vision and strategy for the Section, consistent with higher level Group, Branch, Department and Business Area strategies and objectives.
•Develop and maintain effective working relationships across the Department, Laboratory, and with external sponsors.

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you have:

•10 years working in micro/nanofabrication clean rooms.
•BS degree in a related science and/or engineering discipline.
•History of professional and technical leadership
•Broad familiarity with micro/nano fabrication tools and equipment.
•Expertise and documented execution within one or more micro/nanofabrication technology domains.
•Are able to obtain a Secret security clearance. If selected, you 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.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you have:

•MS degree in technical management and/or a related technical discipline.
•3 to 5 years supervising technical projects and personnel.
•Familiarity with thin and/or thick film ceramic technologies.
•Exposure to: advanced micro-finishing techniques, nano meta-materials, MEMS/NEMS, DRIE, Scientific process development, Photo-Litho

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.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning.

Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

APL brings research applications to life in the space science, asymmetric operations, force projection, and air and missile defense categories, pioneering solutions to push scientific boundaries.

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