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Nanofabrication Scientific Engineering Associate

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Berkeley, California
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Nanofabrication Scientific Engineering Associate - 84201

Organization: MF-Molecular Foundry


Position Summary:

Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry Division ( has an opening for an Nanofabrication Scientific Engineering Associate. This position will be filled at the Nanofabrication Scientific Engineering Associate level 1 or 2, dependent on experience.


Nanofabrication Scientific Engineering Associate (Level 1) Specific Responsibilities:

• Under supervisor’s direction, prepare nanostructures for collaborative projects using standard and novel processes employing state-of-the-art lithography tools.

• Develop new and innovative processes for nanofabrication using the available equipment to achieve reproducible, high-resolution control and precision of nanofabricated structures and devices

• Contribute to high-level maintenance of the entire toolset in the Nanofabrication Facility.

• Contribute to modifying and creating new equipment and processes for challenging needs in interdisciplinary nanofabrication. 

• Provide complex technical support services to an individual or group engaged in scientific investigation that requires preparation or characterization of nanostructured devices and samples.

• Participate in coordination of electron beam lithography, imprinting lithography, thin film material deposition, wet and dry etching, as well as other common nanofabrication techniques and processes. 

• Apply expertise and scientific principles, theories and concepts to develop new methods and technologies including instrumentation and software. 

• Apply a broad range of technical concepts to develop and characterize new processing techniques for thin film deposition and patterning. 

• Implement creative and unique solutions to meet project goals. Supervise and guide the activities of nanofabrication users and staff in the clean room.

• Work with the staff and users of the Molecular Foundry to provide multifunctional technical expertise and support in nanofabrication with classical top-down approaches.

• Analyze data and use independent judgment to provide resolution for a diverse range of moderately complex technical problems, such as fabrication of nanoscale electronic devices and nano-mechanical structures, and their integration with inorganic, organic and biological experimental nanostructures.

• With limited guidance, participate to identify and provide resolutions to technical problems of moderately complex scope and recommend alternative courses of action.

• Schedule, coordinate and direct technical support requirements as needed, including equipment installation. Provide input for selection of hardware and software.

• Coordinate laboratory safety and help maintain a safe working environment.

• Recommend safe protocols for instrument use (standard operating procedures) and maintain cleanroom safety equipment (gas monitors, filtration units, acid/base treatment unit).

• Use a number of analytical laboratory techniques such as scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, surface profilometry, and thin film spectroscopic ellipsometry to measure nanostructure properties.

• Maintain detailed laboratory/experimental logs, notebooks and computer databases.

• Participate in analysis of experimental results and in experimental design.

• In cooperation with other Foundry scientific and technical staff members, with limited guidance, maintain service facility for nanolithography, thin-film deposition, nanoimprinting lithography, wet-chemical processing and plasma etching.

• Train users to operate equipment within the Facility and provide timely technical support. 

• Work closely with students and scientists from a broad range of institutions to coordinate projects and provide expertise on experimental design to translate concepts into practical tasks. 

• Assist students and scientists either by executing tasks directly or by training students and scientists in fabrication techniques and processes.

• Maintain existing user database for fabrication facility.


In addition to the above, Nanofabrication Scientific Engineering Associate (Level 2) Specific Responsibilities:

• Independently identify and solve a wide range of complex technical problems and implement alternative courses of action.

• Develop safe protocols for instrument use (standard operating procedures) and maintain cleanroom safety equipment (gas monitors, filtration units, acid/base treatment unit).

• Develop a service facility for nanolithography, thin-film deposition, nanoimprinting lithography, wet-chemical processing and plasma etching in cooperation with other Foundry scientific and technical staff members.

• Execute tasks directly or by training students and scientists in advanced fabrication techniques and processes to assist students and scientists. 

• Develop and maintain existing user database for fabrication facility.


Nanofabrication Scientific Engineering Associate (Level 1 & 2) Required Qualifications:

• BS in Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Applied Physics or related field.

• Research and/or user facility experience. 

• Demonstrated experience in any of the following: micro and nanofabrication, electron beam or focused ion beam lithography, thin-film deposition processes, wet chemical and plasma etch processing.

• Experience in generating patterns for lithography. Excellent analytical skills.

• Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work in a team environment and to interact effectively with colleagues across the Molecular Foundry.


Additional Desired Qualifications for the Nanofabrication Scientific Engineering Associate (Level 2):

• Database and software coding proficiency.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on December 16, 2017. 



• This is a full time career appointment.

• Classification will depend upon the applicant's level of skills, knowledge, and abilities. 

• Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

• Salary is commensurate with experience.

• This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

• Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.


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