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Research Scientist/engineer 2

Company: University of Washington
Location: Seattle
Posted on: June 11, 2021

Job Description:

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

Collaboration Core within the College of Engineering has an outstanding opportunity for a Fabrication/Equipment Service Engineer. The Fabrication/Equipment Service Engineer will be responsible for equipment troubleshooting, facilities infrastructure monitoring and support, baseline process monitoring, tool ownership, and executing contract manufacturing efforts.


  • Assume primary responsibility, in partnership with management, for monitoring and coordinating infrastructure and facilities level maintenance and repair needs across nanofabrication facility, including plumbing, electrical, gas lines, HVAC, cooling water, and other utilities.
  • Assume primary responsibility for calibration, maintenance, repair and servicing of complex equipment used in nanofabrication, including but not limited to photolithography, dry etching, thin-film deposition, and inspection and analysis in order to meet uptime metrics and maintain process performance.
  • Work with other facility staff and users to identify tool operational issues and address those issues in a timely manner with proper maintenance, repair and troubleshooting.
  • Coordinate new tool facilitization and commissioning and assist tool owners in developing calibration and preventative maintenance schedules for tools and peripherals.
  • Characterize and calibrate tool performance using OEM Best Known Methods (BKMs) and processes periodically with Statistical Process Controls (SPC).
  • Work directly with local researchers, including university staff and students as well as industrial users, to support their instrumentation needs by minimizing downtime and ensuring stable performance.
  • Be cross-trained and provide secondary support for other equipment in the cleanroom.

Work will be primarily within the Fluke Hall cleanroom facility, and will involve hands-on work with complex processing equipment, delicate samples, chemicals, compressed gasses.


  • Bachelor's degree required and 2 years working experience with micro and nanofabrication tools or support equipment
  • Working knowledge of infrastructure systems and ability to coordinate service and repairs
  • Working knowledge of hazardous materials handling and emergency response procedures
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including project organization and issue tracking

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Experience working in a cleanroom environment
  • Nanofabrication experience including both process development and equipment maintenance including high vacuum systems.
  • Detailed experience with at least 1 nanofabrication process line or infrastructure suite and the equipment necessary to support it, preferably in relation to a multi-user, multi-discipline, research-oriented facility.
  • Ability to plan and execute complex projects such as preventative maintenance planning, process development and characterization, or equipment installation.
  • Experience with Emergency Response Teams (ERTs).

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

Keywords: University of Washington, Seattle , Research Scientist/engineer 2, Other , Seattle, Washington

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