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R & D Engineer 3 (7120U) Job
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Dec. 10, 2019
Title R & D Engineer 3 (7120U) Job
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

R & D Engineer 3 (7120U) Job

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 12/30/2019

Departmental Overview

This position involves professional engineering and engineering technician support as part of academic instructional lab and/or research projects and programs. Engineering activities include the design, construction, testing of experimental systems, operation of analytical systems, establishment of performance specifications, and documentation. Engineering Technicians may be assigned duties within a single discipline (e.g., electrical) or span a range of disciplines.

The position exists to provide professional engineering development and maintenance support of facilities and equipment in the College of Engineering Nanofabrication Laboratory (aka: the NanoLab). The NanoLab is a unique 15,000 square ft. clean-room maintaining and providing access to more than 170 pieces of semiconductor process equipment and metrology systems which serve the research needs of more than 450 researchers, faculty and approved startups.


30% Provides full range of professional engineering services to research projects; meets with research staff in the design and development phase. Provide a broad range of professional semiconductor equipment engineering services for supporting equipment used in research projects. Participate in meetings, tool startups and assist equipment staff in developing and characterizing new processes. Use critical thinking to solve complex problems. Work in teams as required. Meet with Principal Investigators (PI's), the NanoLab Director, research staff and researchers to resolve issues. Contribute designs to develop and improve process and process reliability. Develop and define a.) operator procedures, manuals, and verification tests; b.) training and qualification procedures; c.) process specifications and process monitoring schedule; d.) process consumable inventory needs. Liaison with vendors for support services.

30% Determines project specifications and parameters. Perform short loop process tests for equipment state of health verification and for lab wide quality monitoring program. Assist in developing new process recipes. Become familiar with laboratory CMOS baseline process. Perform short loop process tests for baseline process.

Supervision: This position may be responsible for supervision of up to four part time work study student workers depending upon work load. Supervisory tasks may be expanded due to operations growth to include a single R&D1 engineer or 1 visiting scholar, post doctoral researcher or other temporary academic appointee

With support and guidance from additional process engineers, provide process support of the undergraduate microelectronics device fabrication laboratory. This course is presently well defined and limited support of graduate teaching assistants and on call trouble shooting is required. Revision of this course to include new process flows to demonstrate alternate technologies such as MEMS or photovoltaics is possible each semester

30% Performs design, construction, assembly and testing of complex experimental equipment and instrument systems:

Though all NanoLab process engineers are expected to provide support in any technology area provided by the NanoLab, this position seeks to expand the staff expertise in packaging (planarization, wafer bonding, wafer dicing, wire bonding, and flipchip bonding); and, atomic layer deposition (thermal, plasma and custom VUV).

Understand and use the Mercury database to mark equipment status, enable tools, enter comments and problem reports and add needed support documents (e.g., detailed web-based instruction manuals, CAD drawings). Writes annual report and additional reports as needed. Write, edit and revise equipment manuals, support documents, startup and shutdown procedures.

10% May provide engineering information and advice to Principal Investigators and/or other faculty and research personnel with administrative responsibility for the research program or teaching facility. Assist in the development of, and follow standard operating procedures and best known methods for safety and to prevent injuries. Practice and comply with safe working practices to assure personal safety and safety to the lab environment for colleagues and researchers. Understand and work within guidelines to protect the environment.

Required Qualifications
  • Thorough knowledge associated with independently performing the full range of engineering professional design work.
  • Thorough knowledge necessary to apply principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments.
  • Demonstrated organizational and decision-making abilities to prioritize competing work assignments in order to meet deadlines and adherence to quality standards.
  • Strong analytical and judgment skills to independently conduct analyses and develop appropriate recommendations.
  • Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner; identify challenges and barriers and recommend resolutions.
  • Ability to lead and influence others.
  • Experience with broad range of micro/nanofabrication and semiconductor processing equipment.
  • Hands on experience with photolithography equipment, thin film measurement and characterization equipment, thin film deposition equipment for atomic layer deposition (ALD).

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelors degree in related area (Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science Engineering, Bioengineering, Physics, Applied Physics) or equivalent experience. Master's degree preferred depending upon specialization, not required.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

  • Starting salary commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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