RS/E 3-FIELD SERVICE ENGINEER – University of Washington – Seattle, WA

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington is a nationally ranked education and research program. Located on the main Seattle campus of the University of Washington, UW Electrical Engineering currently supports greater than 750 undergraduate and graduate students and over 50 active research faculty. EE’s annual expenditures reach approximately $19 million and its external funding is close to $25 million. The Department has several key areas of research: communications/networking, electromagnetics/remote sensing, big data, integrated systems/circuits/VLSI, nanotech and photonics, power and energy, speech/image/video processing and systems/controls and robotics. Supporting over 470 undergraduate, 300 graduate and 100 professional students in their educational efforts, the Department has proven to be a leader in both education and research areas, as well as effectively leveraging intellectual and entrepreneurial engagement at all stages of research.

The Department of Electrical Engineering currently has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist/Engineer 3-Field Service Engineer in the UW NNCI Washington Nanofabrication Facility. The Field Service Engineer will be responsible for equipment troubleshooting and baseline process monitoring as well as facilities infrastructure monitoring and support.

Specifically, the person in this role will:

• Work with other facility staff and users to ensure machines are performing to specifications.

• Work directly with local researchers, including university staff and students as well as industrial users, to support their nanofabrication research needs through process development, as well as equipment and processing training and support.

• Assume primary responsibility for several pieces of complex equipment used in nanofabrication, including but not limited to photolithography, dry etching, thin-film deposition, and inspection and analysis. Responsibilities of tool ownership include preventative maintenance, system documentation and training, and user support.

• Establish performance requirements for nanofabrication processes and evaluate performance metrics.

• Mentor staff members. Be cross-trained and provide secondary support on other equipment in the cleanroom.

• Streamline training and assessment protocols to expedite qualified user progression.

• Provide regular monitoring and oversight of critical building infrastructure support systems including HVAC, process gas delivery, and deionized water generation/distribution.

• Coordination of consumables inventory and cleanroom cleaning and validation protocols.

Work will be primarily within the Fluke Hall cleanroom facility, and will involve hands-on work with complex microprocessing equipment, delicate samples, chemicals, compressed gasses.


• Bachelor’s degree in technical field required (Engineering or physical sciences). Master’s preferred.

• At least 3 years working experience with micro and nanofabrication equipment, preferably in a multi- user, multi-disciplinary research-oriented facility.

• Significant experience working in a cleanroom environment.

• Working knowledge of vacuum systems.

• Working knowledge of hazardous materials handling and emergency response procedures.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


• Substantial equipment maintenance and troubleshooting background, including high-vacuum processing equipment.

• Experience with a wide range of nanofabrication processes desired, including deposition, etch, lithography, metrology and inspection equipment.

• Ability to plan and execute complex projects such as wafer processing projects, process development and characterization, or equipment installation.

• Background in mechanical systems.

• Background in cleanroom and critical building support infrastructure systems including HVAC, process gasses, and deionized water generation/distribution.

Condition of Employment:

Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your “My Jobs” page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability , and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
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