Microfabrication Process Engineer- Compound Semiconductors (Early/Mid-Career) | Sandia National Laboratories

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Position Location: 
Albuquerque, NM
Job Description: 

Job ID: 671910 

What Your Job Will Be Like

Our team is seeking a creative Microfabrication Process Engineer focused in the area of compound semiconductor optoelectronics and photonics to develop and implement novel semiconductor processes. You will assume a key role within a robust and cohesive team of applied physicists, electrical and optical engineers, and material scientists inventing and building next-generation photonic systems based on III-V semiconductor optoelectronics.

On any given day, you may be called to:

  • Perform a wide variety of microfabrication process engineering and development activities in a Class 100 compound semiconductor facility
  • Perform a full suite of microelectronic fabrication processes including: metrology, photolithography, wet and dry etch, metal evaporation and electroplating, thin film deposition, wafer thinning, and dicing
  • Develop innovative new processes to meet emerging technology needs
  • Maintain established baseline manufacturing processes used in the proof of device feasibility, and as appropriate, mature those processes into the low-variability, well-characterized and documented processes that may be required for qualified component delivery to our customers
  • Deliver on negotiated project commitments and all ownership responsibilities
  • Design experiments to enable continuous improvement for robust baseline processes
  • Maintain documentation and statistical process controls
  • Perform failure analysis and root cause investigations for process and equipment excursions
  • Collaborate and team with MicroFab Operations personnel and other Sandia technical staff

Qualifications We Require

  • Master's degree in Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, or relevant discipline
  • Experience in direct hands-on compound semiconductor microfabrication processing of arsenide-, phosphide-, and/or antimonide-based devices on GaAs, InP, and GaSb, including photolithography, wet and dry etch, metal deposition, wafer thinning and dicing, and experience processing partial wafers
  • Demonstrated experience developing new processes and in writing process flows in a process engineering role
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy Security Clearance.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience processing R&D scale partial wafers in a class 100 or better clean room environment
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment
  • Proficiency of common computer applications and the ability to present data in a clear, concise, and understandable way
  • Significant experience in Design of Experiments and Statisical Process Control used in low-volume or custom integrated circuit manufacturing
  • Understanding of semiconductor device physics and compound semiconductor materials properties

About Our Team

The III-V Optoelectronics Department develops compound semiconductor devices, photonics, and microsystems for national security applications including high-performance computing, communications, renewable energy, sensing and imaging. As part of Sandia’s Microsystems Science, Technology and Components Center, we research, design, fabricate, prototype, test and deliver novel lasers, photonic integrated circuits, photonic microsystems, and sensors. We focus on R&D of high performance technology platforms and customized microsystems.

We use state-of-the-art materials and fabrication capabilities within Sandia’s MESA cleanroom complex to serve a broad mix of internal and external clients. Core capabilities include:

  • Optical, optoelectronic and electronic modeling and simulation
  • Epitaxial design, materials growth (MOCVD/MBE) and materials characterization
  • Design, microfabrication and testing of III-V photonic devices, RF devices, and infrared detectors
  • Heterogeneous microsystem integration and prototyping
  • High-speed and harsh-environment optoelectronics, including device reliability assessments

Visit our website for more information: www.sandia.gov/mstc/nspc/index.html

About Sandia

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
  • Extraordinary co-workers
  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
  • Flexible schedules, generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*
  • World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:http://www.sandia.gov *These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) L-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.