Microfabrication Engineer

Malibu, CA
Science & Engineering - Microfabrication Technology Laboratory – Microfabrication Technology /
Regular /
Based in Southern California with locations in Malibu, Calabasas and Camarillo; HRL has been on the leading edge of technology, conducting pioneering research and advancing the state of the art. 

General Description: 
The Microfabrication Engineer will drive the development and qualification of new microfabrication and integration processes. As part of an R&D team, the Microfabrication Engineer will help identify and develop innovative solutions to process challenges in a team-based and fast-paced environment.

Essential Duties:
Planning and executing experiments for development of new microfabrication and integration processes and materials. 
Identifying and troubleshooting fabrication process issues by employing various metrology tools and characterization techniques. 
Compiling and analyzing data, writing reports, and presenting results to team members and management.
Maintaining and improving established processes and troubleshooting technical issues.
Conducting electrical and mechanical characterization of materials and structures. 
Employing various metrology tools and techniques and reliability tests to understand and improve the performance of joining processes.
FMEA and root cause analysis.
Interfacing with vendors of equipment and process materials if needed.

Required Skills: 
Experience with lithography/exposure tools, thin film deposition (PVD, CVD, ALD), wet etch, dry etch, and plasma tools. Familiarity with electroplating processes.
In-depth knowledge of MEMS and semiconductor device microfabrication and material properties. Strong foundation of materials science principles.
Experience with CAD tools for device mask layout.
Experience with metrology tools including profilometry, surface and bulk analytical methods relevant to characterization of thin films (e.g. XPS, XRD, SEM, EDX).
Strong statistical analysis and data mining capabilities with tools like JMP and Excel. Experience with six sigma methodologies (FMEA, SPC, DOE).  
Strong and independent problem-solving skills.  Experience with diagnosing issues using failure analysis techniques and recommending solutions.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to work as a team player in a fast-paced environment. Good presentation skills. 
Self-motivated, attention to detail, ability to prepare technical reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information, as well as write technical specifications.
Excellent time management skills. Ability to deal with multiple issues and changing priorities.
Experience with modeling and design of MEMS devices (Finite Element Analysis using ANSYS/COMSOL, MATLAB, and SOLIDWORKS) is a plus. 
Experience in using electronic test equipment including signal generators and data acquisition systems in conjunction with MEMS devices is a plus. 
Minimum 3-5 years of hands-on experience with microfabrication (lithography, etching, plating, thin film deposition, characterization) and familiarity with packaging processes (joining and reflow processes)

Required Education:
M.S. or Ph.D. in Material Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry or related field.    

Physical Requirements: 
Must be able to work safely in a laboratory environment. 

Special Requirements:
U.S. citizenship.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a US Government security clearance as required. 

The base salary range for this full-time position is $132,765 - $165,983 + bonus + benefits. 

Our salary ranges are determined by role, level, and location. The range displayed on each job posting reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for the position. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range during the hiring process. Please note that the compensation details listed reflect the base salary only, and do not include potential bonus or benefits.

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HRL offers a very competitive compensation and benefits package. Our Regular/Full Time benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401K match, gym facilities, PTO, growth potential, and an exciting and challenging work environment.

HRL Laboratories is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in recruiting, hiring, training or promoting, on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, medical condition, age, U.S. military or protected veteran status, union membership, or political affiliation. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a "U.S. Person" as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 is required. "U.S. Person" includes U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee.