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Director, Micro and Nanofabrication Laboratory


Position Summary:

Applications are invited from qualified candidates for the Director of the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM) Micro and Nanofabrication Laboratory (MNFL). The MNFL is Princeton’s central shared-use fabrication facility with over 10,000 sq. ft. of clean room space, housing a large complement of tools dedicated to materials fabrication, packaging and processing across all length scales. The facility supports researchers from academia and industry and plays a critical role in PRISM’s research and educational mission.

The Director serves as the main scientific and operational leader, managing the daily activities of the MNFL. Responsibilities will include oversight of technical staff, safety, user training, equipment maintenance, tool acquisition and installation, and other aspects of facilities operations. In addition, the ideal candidate will have an interest in helping develop research and educational activities within PRISM. The Director works closely with other administrative support team members on issues such as billing, external relations, computer support, and other general administrative needs of the facility.

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 and responsibilities include:

• Supervising and managing technical staff members

• Working with internal and external users, faculty, and PRISM management to develop strategic near- and long-term research, process, tooling capabilities, and implementation plans

• Working with facilities and other campus support personnel on tool installations and facility maintenance.

• 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

• Assisting with finding and competing for external research/operational funding opportunities for the facility

Essential Qualifications:

• Ph.D. or equivalent in natural sciences or engineering with 5+ years related working experience in an academic (or equivalent) cleanroom setting

• Substantial hands-on experience including 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

• Strong experience in leadership and staff management

• Excellent communication skills are required to work and interface with all users of the facility

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV documenting their experience and skill set, and a list of 3 or more references. Application materials should be submitted online at https://jobs.princeton.edu. (requisition #D-18-ELE-00006)

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

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. For general application information and how to voluntarily self-identify, please link to http://web.princeton.edu/sites/dof/ApplicantsInfo.htm


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.


Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW