Pragmatic produce advanced, thin, flexible, microelectronic ICs using highly novel techniques and materials.
We are seeking a highly capable Senior Engineer who can support and develop our photo-lithographic processes and introduce them to our large-scale manufacturing operation.
Key tasks The activities will include designing, carrying out and analysing complex near-production trials to establish new micro-lithography processes, the qualification of processes on production-scale equipment, introduction of sophisticated process controls; and troubleshooting of processing faults. At a later stage the role will encompass procurement of capital photolithography manufacturing equipment, including specification, evaluation, selection, acceptance and commissioning.
The fabrication environment is high quality cleanroom. As well as a strong background in the set-up and operation of Stepper Photolithographic tools, you will be expected to have experience of some of the other processes involved in IC manufacturing, such as vacuum processing (including Plasma Etch, Plasma Cleaning and Sputtering), and wet processing (e.g. etching and sonic-assisted surface cleaning).
The processing equipment is complex and automated, and you should be familiar with, and confident in, setting up and controlling such advanced tools. In addition, it is important that you can demonstrate good knowledge of the inspection and test techniques that are required to analyse micro- and nano-scale devices. Such techniques might include microscopy (SEM, AFM, TEM), optical analysis (ellipsometry, spectroscopy), physical analysis (EDS, XPS, XRR) and electrical test methods (Hall, transfer curves, capacitance).
You must have good experience of developing photo-lithographic processes in an advanced commercial environment, preferably with high-throughput steppers and associated processes (such as spin-casting and develop). We expect you will have a strong physical science or electrical/electronic engineering background and will enjoy the challenge of solving complex problems in a fast-moving high technology environment.
Qualifications, training, skills and experience Essential:
Good degree in a Physical Sciences or Engineering discipline Excellent knowledge of photolithography Ability to set up complex photolithographic tools including steppers and wafer track systems Confident in designing and carrying out complex experiments in a micro-electronics fabrication environment Familiar with developing advanced processes in highly automated environments Strong knowledge of micro/nanoscale inspection techniques Advantageous:
Specific training in operation and maintenance of stepper tools Knowledge of semiconductor metrology techniques, such as critical dimension and overlay measurement Good general knowledge of data analysis tools - for instance Minitab, SQL, SAS-JMP Extensive knowledge of statistical process control Good understanding of sub-micrometre fabrication techniques Confidence in basic solid-state device physics