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This is a position in the Infrastructure group of the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF) which is part of the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan.  This position will report to the LNF Director of Infrastructure. The following outlines the responsibilities of this position in more details:

  1. The candidate is expected to become intimately familiar with the LNF building systems that include, but are not limited to:
    1. Gas delivery,
    2. Gas detection,
    3. DIHOH,
    4. Process chilled HOH,
    5. HVAC,
    6. Security,
    7. Video,
    8. Acid waste neutralization,
    9. Power distribution.
    10. In addition, the candidate will be responsible for additions to the LNF infrastructure that will improve the capabilities of the base build of the laboratory.
  2. The candidate will prepare and participate in the commissioning of all LNF building systems.  In addition, the candidate will establish a support structure for those systems once they become operational.  This will include establishing an effective working relationship with the appropriate UofM facilities organizations to assure that the building is operating at peak efficiency in regard to its energy consumption as well as its delivery of facilities to the laboratories within.
  3. The candidate will assist the LNF Director of Infrastructure by acting as a technical spokesperson for the LNF facilities and the operations of those facilities.
  4. The candidate will actively participate and assist the LNF Director of Infrastructure in the planning of program and financial goals for the LNF, on both a technical and managerial level, and will be responsible for their timely achievement.
  5. The candidate will be required to interface with equipment and tool vendors which will demand a thorough and, preferably, expert knowledge of the technical details associated with both HVAC systems and laboratory instrumentation.
  6. The candidate will be expected to establish and maintain contacts with peer institutions with similar facilities, to coordinate collaborations and mutual best known methods (BKMs) for operations of similar facilities.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Material Science, Chemical Engineering, Physics or related discipline, with a minimum of five years of experience in semiconductor process facilities; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong demonstrated mechanical aptitudes and excellent problem solving capabilities.
  • Excellent communications skills as well as strong interpersonal skills and ability to work alone or within a team environment.
  • Familiarity with AutoCad, MSExcel, MSWord
  • Ability to read and understand electrical and mechanical drawings for various systems and subsytems.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with the facilities requirements of cleanroom processing equipment (vacuum, wet chemical processing, furnace, plasma, and photolithography systems).
  • Highly knowledgeable and direct experience in:
    • Design, operation, and maintenance of cleanroom facilities for semiconductor and materials fabrication, including air cleanliness, pressure balance, temperature stability, and humidity control.
    • HVAC, electric power, piping and plumbing systems, exhaust fans and machinery required to maintain building-wide supply of compressed air, house vacuum, and process cooling water systems.
    • Cleanroom and laboratory safety systems, including hazardous gas detection, emergency response protocols (the candidate is expected to complete and pass fit test and medical surveillance in order to participate in the LNF Emergency Response Team), exhaust systems (toxic, corrosive, and heat), general abatement, spill control, fire detection and suppression,
    • Process-specific aspects of semiconductor and materials fabrication such as high purity piping systems for process gases (orbital welding), ultra pure DI water (fused PVDF systems), toxic gas storage, bulk gas delivery systems, hazardous waste treatment and abatement of effluent streams.
  • Experience in project management is desirable, including scheduling of complex renovation and maintenance workflows, as well as financial planning for new capital equipment and major maintenance.
  • Demonstrated maturity of judgment, goal-oriented project management experience, and a personality that will allow the candidate to function in a high-pressure,research-oriented yet disciplined environment that requires interactions and effective communication with a wide variety of constituents.

Additional Information


The Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF) at the University of Michigan is a 24/7 shared user facility available to research groups from government, industry and universities, currently serving ~500 users working on a wide variety of applications in engineering, physical and life sciences.

The LNF currently consists of about 55,000 gross SF state-of-the-art laboratory complex that supports a 13,500 SF class 10/100/1000/10000 cleanroom with a wide array of the technologies needed for developing and fabricating electronic, optoelectronic, MEMS and other devices. The laboratory includes equipment for thin film deposition and growth, optical and e-beam lithography, wet and dry etching, nano-imprinting, electrochemical deposition, chemical mechanical planarization, wafer bonding, wafer dicing, wire bonding, metrology, and more. In addition, the building contains approximately 35,000 sf of highly complex facilities space for supporting the programmed spaces as described above.

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Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

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