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Staff Associate/Senior Staff Associate - Clean Room

Columbia University, Columbia Nano Initiative

Job Title: Staff Associate/Senior Staff Associate - Clean Room
Reference Code: Clean Room Engineer in Clean Room Operations
Job Location: New York , NY
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Engineering & applied sciences
Sciences and technology: other
Biology/biotechnology/life sciences
Application Closing Date: 11/14/2018
Date Posted: 2018-10-15
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description

Staff Associate/Senior Staff Associate
Columbia University

The Columbia Nano Initiative (CNI) at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science of Columbia University in the City of New York invites applications for a Staff Associate or Senior Staff Associate Clean Room engineer position in the area of clean room Operations.

Assisting and taking directions from the Clean Room Director and reporting to the Director of the Shared Facilities, the clean room engineer will: maintain efficient and effective clean room operations.

The clean room engineer will be responsible for the development and testing of clean room processes and device fabrication. The clean room engineer should be able to advise students on their research and assist with process development. The engineer will develop training procedures, write Standard Operating Procedures, and qualification of users. The engineer will create facility protocols on equipment and lab system maintenance. The clean room engineer will assist in installing new equipment in the lab and will perform preventative maintenance and machine repair on existing pieces of equipment in the clean room including cleaning chambers, replacing machines parts as needed as well as ordering parts, materials, and consumables.

The clean room engineer should be able to work independently, troubleshoot, and resolve engineering problems involving both equipment and process. The engineer should be able to learn about unfamiliar topics quickly and independently. The clean room engineer should be able to communicate clearly with lab users, other team members, other departments of the university, and with vendors.

The clean room engineer will coordinate be responsible for maintaining safe and effective working environment within CNI clean room, in compliance with all University and government requirements and regulations as directed by the university Environmental, Health, and Safety (EH&S) department. That includes but not limited to safe handling of chemicals and gas cylinders, implementing and maintaining safety training and safe manner of work in the clean room. In addition the clean room engineer will participate in the hazardous gas monitoring response team.

The clean room engineer should be able to lead clean room orientation to new users of the clean room. Knowledge of word, excel, and powerpoint is required.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications for Staff Associate:
A bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or related field is required. A minimum of 2 years of working experience in a semiconductor fabrication facility as an engineer or other related experience is required, 5-10 years of working experience is preferred.

Additional desired qualifications include: strong technical experience in conventional clean processes used for electronic, physical, and mechanical device fabrication; understanding of new and modern laboratory-scale fabrication processes required for successful state of the art fabrication including thin film deposition, electron beam lithography, photolithography, nanoimprint lithography and reactive ion etching; excellent interpersonal skills and strong communications skills--the staff member will serve as a primary interface to Clean Room Users; the ability to work with wide variety of users including biologists, chemists, physicists, electrical engineers, and mechanical engineers; experience and expertise in the design of recipe-driven processes that can be used by researchers to construct demonstration devices; familiarity with equipment and methodology for characterization and development of semiconductor fabrication processes, including microscopy and metrology.

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