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BEOL Processing and Foundry Services Manager

Malibu, CA, USA Req #325
Friday, April 10, 2020

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

Lead the team responsible for establishing the Microfabrication Technology Laboratory (MTL) as a trusted provider of microfabricated products and services for HRL’s owners and customers.

We seek a self-motivated engineer with strong communication and leadership skills to serve as the manager of the Productization & Metrology Department (Level 2 manager). The role consists of roughly 75% management and 25% technical contributions.


  • Masters or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics or related scientific/engineering discipline with 5+ years of experience. Bachelor’s degree with considerable relevant experience may be considered.

  • Formal or informal training in business development (e.g. research proposal generation, technical marketing, market analysis) is a plus.


  • Lead a team of 20+ highly-skilled engineers focused on CAD design support, characterization, e-test, yield and backend of line (BEOL) semiconductor fabrication in a low-volume, high-mix cleanroom environment.

  • Maintain and expand MTL’s roster of microfabrication-based products and services for both internal and external customers.

  • Identify and act on opportunities to fund the continued maturation of MTL products and services

  • Work with HRL Quality to maintain/improve product and service quality through the use of QA systems and data automation.

  • Establish and support systems to manage schedules for various MTL activities, including experimental/prototyping runs, multi-project wafer (MPW) runs, and foundry services.

  • Manage team resources (e.g. allocate team personnel to projects, prioritize work requests), assess/manage team performance, and coach Level 1 section leads as direct reports.

  • Contribute to technical project success (through direct work and project leadership); roles can be aligned with the skills and capabilities of the candidate, with a preference in the areas of IC design, metrology, test, or BEOL processing.


  • At least 5 years of experience in a technical leadership role, in a microfabrication environment.

  • Hands-on experience with both 1) IC design, metrology, test, or BEOL processing; and 2) product maturation, statistical process control, and excursion management.

  • Experience with compound semiconductors such as GaN, InP, and GaAs is a plus.

  • Experience in a high-mix, low-volume cleanroom facility is a plus.


  • People management, organizational management, and change management principles.

  • Semiconductor fabrication and product development principles, semiconductor manufacturing principles, and statistical process control.

  • Strong technical writing, proposal, presentation, and general communication skills.


  • Must be able to work in a cleanroom environment.


  • This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a "U.S. Person" as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 is required.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is a plus.

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.

HRL offers a very competitive compensation and benefits package. Our benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401K match, gym facilities, PTO, growth potential, and an exciting and challenging work environment.
HRL Laboratories is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in recruiting, hiring, training or promoting, on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, medical condition, U.S. military or protected veteran status, union membership, or political affiliation. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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  • Pay Type Salary
  • Malibu, CA, USA