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Micro and Nanofabrication Laboratory Director of Research and User Relations


Applications are invited from qualified candidates for the position of Director of Research and User Relations for the PRISM Micro and Nanofabrication laboratory (MNFL), appointed at the rank of Professional Specialist at Princeton University.  The MNFL is Princeton's central shared use clean room facility and houses a large complement of tools dedicated to materials fabrication, packaging and processing across all length scales.  Successful candidates will participate in a multidisciplinary research and education environment utilizing a wide range of instrumentation available in the MNFL.

The role of the Director of Research and User Relations is to be the scientific and technical leader of the facility.  The successful candidate will work closely with the MNFL's Administrative and External Relations Director for the overall management of the facility.  Responsibilities will include the daily oversight of technical staff and equipment maintenance as well as user assistance and training.  In addition, the ideal candidate will have an interest in helping develop research and educational activities within PRISM.

Successful candidates are expected to have experience in the operations of an academic cleanroom as well as expertise in our technical areas including, photolithography, nanolithography, metrology, physical vapor deposition, chemical vapor deposition, pattern transfer, soft lithography and others.

Some specific duties include:
*Working with internal and external users, faculty and PRISM management to develop strategic near and long term research, process, tooling capabilities, thrusts and implementation plans
*Developing new education and training modules to support the evolving needs of the facility user base as well as the educational mission of the University
*Supervising and managing technical staff members
*Assisting with finding and competing for external research/operational funding opportunities for facility

Essential Qualifications:
*Ph.D. in natural sciences or engineering with 5+ years related working experience in an academic cleanroom setting
*Substantial hands-on experience in all MNFL technology areas including photolithography, nanolithography, metrology, physical vapor deposition, chemical vapor deposition, pattern transfer, and soft lithography
*Knowledge of safety and health issues concerning cleanroom equipment, operations, and hazardous materials handling and disposal
*Experience in leadership and staff management
*Excellent communication skills are required to work and interface with all users of the facility

This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

Interested candidates must apply online at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/321 and should submit a cover letter, resume documenting their experience and skill set, and contact information for 3 or more references.


Senior Research Specialist I


The Princeton University Institute for the Science and Technology (PRISM) Micro and Nanofabrication laboratory (MNFL) is looking for qualified candidates with interest in microfabrication and/or nanofabrication process engineering.

The MNFL is Princeton’s central, shared use clean room facility and houses a large complement of tools dedicated to hard and soft materials fabrication, packaging and processing across all length scales.

Successful candidates will participate in a multidisciplinary research and education environment utilizing a wide range of instrumentation available in the MNFL. The specialists will fill various roles on the team and provide key support, maintenance, and guidance to researchers in the fabrication, packaging, deposition, patterning, etching, metrology, and processing of complex hard and soft materials.

Other responsibilities include mentoring and training students/researchers, facilitating research projects by suggesting process improvements, troubleshooting tool problems, communicating with vendors, writing internal documentation for tools and processes, and establishing and maintaining baseline facility processes.

The position level will be determined based on experience and education.

Minimum of bachelor’s degree in natural sciences or engineering and/or 5+ year’s work related experience is required.

  • Substantial hands-on experience in one or more of the MNFL technology areas including photolithography, nanolithography, metrology, physical vapor deposition, chemical vapor deposition, pattern transfer, or microfluidics and soft materials processing.
  • Specialists will support the MNFL daily operation, and would be responsible for maintenance of equipment in addition to their interactions with users.
  • Experience in the daily maintenance and operation of instruments.
  • Excellent communication skills are required to work and interface with all users of the facility.
  • In addition, familiarity with lab management software or tool login control is a plus.  

Interested candidates should apply online (Requisition #2017-7421) and submit a cover letter, resume documenting their experience and skill set, and a list of 3 or more references.

The final candidate will be required to complete a background check successfully.


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