The USC Viterbi School of Engineering (https://viterbischool.usc.edu/) is innovative, elite and internationally recognized for creating new models of education, research and commercialization that are firmly rooted in real world needs. The schoolâs first priorities are the education of outstanding students and the pursuit and publication of new research.
There is a key need in the School of Engineering John D. O'Brien Nanofabrication Laboratory for a Lab Operation Engineer. Located in the basement of the Michelson Center for Convergent Biosciences (MCB), the Nanofabrication Lab is a 10,000 square foot, class 100/1000 state-of-the-art, newly constructed cleanroom. The Nanofabrication Lab provides USC faculty and researchers with a World Class Facility for Micro and Nanofabrication of devices, circuits, and materials synthesis and will have applications in Engineering, Biosciences, Material Science, and Physics.
We are looking for a highly-motivated Lab Operation Engineer. Reporting to the Associate Director, this individual will support the cleanroom users with training, developing nanofabrication process and collaborate with facility staff and research users to identify tool operation issues and address those issues promptly with proper maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting. The ideal candidate should be customer service oriented and contribute towards improving the operation of the facility.
Primary Responsibilities include:
Supervise and assists Nanofabrication users in training/operations of equipment and process-related support for lithography, deposition, etching.
Work with facility users to optimize processes for best results and develop new processes.
Monitors the user activities in the cleanroom to ensure proper and safe operation of the tool. Identify any safety or process violations and implements/enforce corrective actions, promote lab safety, and ensure compliance with University EH&S policy and safety practices.
Develop and update standard operating procedures for cleanroom equipment and process.
Interact with internal and external users to design, new experiments, perform processes and fabrication of devices.
Handling hazardous materials, chemicals, and gases. Work with EH&S and in charge of chemical waste disposal.
Assist staff in installation and schedule preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment, including daily tasks to ensure instruments are working correctly.
Provide secondary support for other equipment in the cleanroom.
Assist staff in design modification/upgrade of tools and facility, new equipment acquisitions experimental design, interpretation of the result.
Perform an inventory of cleanroom supplies, chemicals, gases, and record keeping.
Be able to handle multiple tasks and prioritize activities. Flexibility to real-time request.
Anticipate and take proactive measures to make sure the cleanroom running smoothly.
Master's degree in related scientific discipline or combination of education and relevant experience or five years of relevant work experience.
Technical knowledge and hands-on experience on mechanical tools, vacuum system, and electronics.
Experience in Micro and Nano Fabrication processes and technology, familiar with clean room safety practices.
Computer skills in office software.
Required Applicant Documents:
These documents may be submitted as one PDF.Applications will not be considered complete without these documents.
Minimum Education: Related graduate study, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 5 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education and experience in research specialization with advanced knowledge of equipment, procedures and analysis methods and ability to supervise on a regular or project basis
Internal Number: REQ20084972
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