Open Positions

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Current Open CNS Positions:


Photolithography Engineer

Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Job Summary

The Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS) at Harvard University seeks a multi-talented, enthusiastic individual to work within the Nanofabrication Group as a photolithography engineer.  CNS is an open, shared-use facility that serves all of Harvard as well as external academic and industrial users. Working under the supervision of the Nanofabrication Facility Manager, this person will provide maintenance, training and research development in photolithography and chemical wet process for nanofabrication.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: provide support and maintenance of multiple photolithography tools (mask aligners, steppers, UV exposure systems, resist coaters/developers, pattern design software and computers) with capabilities in i-line and DUV with line/space resolution of 1 um.  This person will oversee and lead chemical wet processes development, training and troubleshooting for nanofabrication, including various resist processes, wet etching, sample cleaning, wet process technology expansion, and chemical management in the cleanroom.  This individual will also be in charge of advanced patterning characterization with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for feature patterning and multilayer alignment, as well teaming with members of the Nanofabrication Facility for film deposition projects.  Other responsibilities are training new users, ensuring safety practices, authoring SOPs and related documents for the Nanofabrication Facility. Collaboration with all CNS personnel and research group to achieve objectives and enhance service quality is expected. The candidate will also perform work for remote CNS users. Detailed record keeping of instrument activity, experimental results, maintenance and repair logs, and operating procedures is expected.

Basic Qualifications

Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Material Science, Chemical Engineering, or related field plus a minimum of 5 years experience in semiconductor equipment field is required.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Graduate degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, Chemistry or a related field with 3-5year experience is desirable. Cleanroom fabrication experience, especially in photolithography, etching, film deposition, and metrology, are highly desired. The candidate should be self-motivated with a strong desire to acquire on-the-job training, to succeed, and to develop intellectual, and practical professional skills. Demonstrated ability to work well in teams is essential.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to work in cleanroom, chemical, and measurement laboratory environments. Will work around compressed gases, acids, solvents, vacuum pump oils, and other chemicals. Must be very dexterous; will be required to work on large and small assemblies.

Working Conditions

This work is performed on-site / on campus

Additional Information

FAS is committed to cultivating not only the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students but also in developing an inclusive culture that is vibrant, engaging and encouraging of innovation as well as intellectual debate. We believe creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace allows employees from all backgrounds and walks of life to achieve their fullest potential. We also believe an inclusive culture is one that accepts, values and views as strength the difference we all bring to the workplace.

Job Function



USA – MA – Cambridge

Job Code

395057 Engineer




Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS)

Time Status



00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Pre-Employment Screening

Education, Identity


35 hours/week at 7 hours/day

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Western Digital, Fremont R&D Center

The Western Digital R&D center in Fremont, CA is a world class research laboratory, wafer fab and manufacturing center at the intersection of San Francisco Bay and Silicon Valley.  Research activities focus on all aspects of information storage technology and storage architecture. We are inviting applications for a position in optical-device-fabrication as part of the Advanced Head Development organization, where our mission is to invent and develop technology for future products, such as Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR).  This is an opportunity to work where magnetic, optical and plasmonic devices converge on a nanoscale.  We have the capabilities of a fully-functional cleanroom with state-of-the-art equipment and a 24/7 support staff.

Job Position

HAMR optical and plasmonic device fabrication Engineer/Scientist



Work as a Research Scientist and Engineer in optical-device-fabrication at WD’s wafer fab in Fremont, CA.  Candidate will be responsible for developing new processes for fabrication of HAMR devices.  Job requires interfacing with engineers and scientists in process, characterization and design groups.



  • PhD in Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, or Physics
  • Minimum of four-years experience in semiconductor, optical/plasmonic and/or magnetic device fabrication
  • Expertise in wafer processes such as lithography, wet etching, ion milling, reactive etching, thin films and CMP
  • Exposure to wafer-level characterization such as SEM, FIB, TEM, AFM and ellipsometry is desirable
  • Problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Expertise in JMP or equivalent data analysis software
  • Candidate must be innovative, detail-oriented and have strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent teamwork and people skills are required.

Western Digital Corporation is WD, HGST and SanDisk, the world’s leading storage-technology provider


Tom Clinton, hiring manager