Nanofabrication Engineer

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Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source (ALS) is seeking a Nanofabrication Engineer. Working within the Photon Sciences Development Group of the ALS division, the incumbent functions as a nanofabrication engineer engaging in the design, development, creation, and testing of patterned x-ray optics and optical systems for synchrotron radiation research. The incumbent is expected to have experience in the field of nanofabrication, and lithography, and a demonstrated ability to independently carry out creative research related to the ALS programmatic needs.

The ALS is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national scientific user facility whose excellent scientific reputation, expert staff, and capabilities in the soft x-ray, hard x-ray, and infrared regimes attract more than 2,000 academic and industrial users each year in disciplines spanning physical, chemical, materials, biological, energy, and Earth sciences. It is one of five Berkeley Lab user facilities that serve a combined 11,000 users annually. The co-location of these user facilities – including the Molecular Foundry Nanoscale Science Research Center and the NERSC scientific computing center, as well as Berkeley Lab’s outstanding programs in materials and chemical sciences among others – offers a prime environment for collaborative science. The ALS has been a global leader in soft x-ray science for more than two decades and is currently undertaking a new project (ALS-U) that will endow the facility with state-of-the-art x-ray capabilities. It’s an exciting time to join our growing team!

The core values of the Advanced Light Source (ALS) reflect a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The ALS offers an environment that celebrates diversity and embraces inclusion. We seek candidates that would support a culture where all of the ALS’s staff and scientists—regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, language, abilities/disabilities, socioeconomic status, geographic region, or other defining characteristics—should feel welcome and valued.

What You Will Do:

  • Develop a process to create advanced, patterned x-ray optics using nanofabrication techniques.

  • Perform nanofabrication using techniques, such a spin-coating, dip coating, planarization, plasma etching, wet etching.

  • Work in collaborative, scientific research environment, developing, testing, and applying new fabrication methods.

  • Design experiments to optimize fabrication techniques.

  • Perform characterization and evaluation of nanofabricated samples, including, optical and electron beam microscopy, optical interferometry, ellipsometry, atomic force microscopy, and other surface characterization techniques.

  • Use the experimental results to recommend process improvements and new fabrication approaches.

  • Develop methods to scale fabrication techniques to achieve full-size x-ray optical elements.

  • Work to create optical elements that meet performance requirements.

  • Perform work safely, in a cleanroom environment.

  • Disseminate research results via publications in peer reviewed journals; present results via oral presentations at various meetings and conferences as well as peer reviews of projects.

  • Maintain current knowledge of and implement relevant Laboratory, Division, and Program Conduct of Operations and Quality assurance policies and procedures.

  • Develop documentation to communicate fabrication methods and results, research observations and outcomes.


What is Required:

  • Masters’ degree and/or equivalent experience in nanofabrication and lithography.  A minimum of 5 years or more of work experience or equivalent combination of research and education is required at the post-graduate level.

  • Experience with nanofabrication techniques, such a spin-coating, dip coating, planarization, plasma etching, wet etching, and nanoimprint lithography.

  • Experience with characterization of nanofabricated samples, including, optical and electron beam microscopy, optical interferometry, ellipsometry, atomic force microscopy, and other surface characterization techniques.

  • Experience working in cleanroom environments, following applicable safety and work protocols.

  • Excellent scientific publishing record in fields related to nanofabrication and lithography.

  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in the use of modern computing languages and environments such as C++, Python, MatLab, or IDL for simulation and/or data analysis.

  • Perform simulation or analysis of etching, planarization, and processing to optimize fabrication methods.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on October 4, 2018.


  • This is a full time 2-year term position.

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

  • 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.


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