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Section Leader - E-Beam Lithography

Malibu, CA, USA Req #98
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Located in Malibu, California, HRL has been on the leading edge of technology, conducting pioneering research and advancing the state of the art.

Become a member of a team that produces the world’s fastest GaN transistors and MMICs as well as state-of-the-art quantum nanoelectronics devices. Lead a team of 8-10 engineers in the Electron Beam Lithography group of the Microfabrication Technology Laboratory.

Duties include: operation of direct-write electron beam lithography tools working in collaboration with a team of world leading experts in GaN HEMT and nanotechnologies; work with program managers to define HRL’s lithography roadmaps in micro/nanofabrication; allocation of resources and prioritization of assigned work; working with the Equipment Support Group and external vendors to keep lithography tools mission ready; mentoring staff members in technical excellence; leading capital acquisition projects; developing and executing engineering experiments for improved quality; maintaining existing processes; recording, analyzing data, and presenting results; maintaining process control of supported processes; and developing and communicating options for lithography processes for new micro/nanofabrication needs to HRL program managers.


Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Material Sciences.


- 5+ years’ hands-on experience in electron beam lithography for semiconductor and/or MEMS microfabrication.
- Experience working in Class 10 or better cleanroom facilities.
- Expert user of direct-write electron beam lithography tools and automated coat/develop systems (photolithography tool experience is a plus…steppers, contact aligners, etc).
- Experience in electron beam lithography processes on a diversity of substrates including, but not limited to, InP, GaAs, GaN, Si and Quartz.
- Experience in the use of optical, analytical SEM, and CDSEM metrology to maintain quality of pattern resolution and alignment.
- Experienced in root cause analysis and correction of lithography problems, e.g., those arising from resist coating, exposure or development problems.
- Ability to correlate observed pattern defects to tool health.
- Experience in using statistical process control methods to ensure process quality.
- Experience leading others is preferred, either in a project leadership role or in a direct line management role.
- Proven track record of collaborating across organizational boundaries, demonstrating ownership, demonstrating a high quality standard, track record of driving projects to conclusion, and experience achieving similar results through others.
- Experience working in an AS9100 Quality Management System production environment is a plus.


The ideal candidate for this position will have a deep understanding of underlying physical principals of electron beam lithography processes. This candidate will also have broad knowledge of lithography tools used in III-V and/or MEMS wafer foundries. Good understanding of statistical
and analytical sciences as applied to process control.


Proficiency in use of computers, engineering work stations, complex electronic equipment, verbal and written communication, interaction
with customers/colleagues and willingness to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. Must be sufficiently mobile to work within
confined spaces and have both visual and hearing acuity. Must be able to work within a class 10 Cleanroom. Must be able to work safely with and around potentially toxic and hazardous materials, chemicals and gases.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: US citizenship is required.

This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a "U.S. Person" as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 is required. "U.S. Person" includes U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee.
We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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  • Pay Type Salary
  • Malibu, CA, USA