Fabrication/Manufacturing Engineer / Engineering and Physical Sciences Researcher - Mid to Experienced Level

National Security Agency   Fort Meade, MD   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on June 15, 2022
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NSA is home to the largest, most established in-house research organization in the U.S. Intelligence Community, employing scientists with world-class skills in fields such as mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering, and cybersecurity. We collaborate with leading companies, universities, and national laboratories to leverage work in overlapping disciplines, advance core capabilities, and seek out and develop revolutionary ideas that will provide our nation with an overwhelming advantage. The Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS) is seeking Fabrication/Manufacturing Engineers to help advance the development of novel materials and technologies for advanced computing research. LPS is a premier research organization, managed and operated by the U.S. Government, focused on developing new and innovative technologies to improve national security. Across its three locations, the University of Maryland-College Park, the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and Ft. George G. Meade, Maryland, LPS conducts and supports world-class research from foundational quantum device physics to novel architectures for high-performance computing. The ideal candidate will have a range of experience in the field of semiconductor device manufacturing, specifically application specific integrated circuits (ASICs). The candidate will be responsible for verifying and validating custom semiconductor processes required to manufacturing custom ASICs, and be familiar with a wide range of semiconductor device manufacturing materials in the areas of insulating dielectrics, and interconnect metals. Knowledge of superconducting materials is a plus. In addition, the candidate should be well-versed in semiconductor device manufacturing statistical process control, yield improvement, and failure analysis techniques. The candidate must have a good understanding of the entire semiconductor device manufacturing flow to include device design, manufacture/fabrication, test, and assembly.
The ideal candidate should have excellent problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills, and possess the following knowledge and experience: - 6+ years of experience in semiconductor manufacturing including areas such as semiconductor process engineering, semiconductor process integration engineering, yield enhancement, statistical process control, and failure analysis of semiconductor devices. - Manufacturing process experienced with materials used in semiconductor manufacturing such as dielectrics and interconnect metals, superconducting materials is a plus; - Systems engineering and systems development; - Operational and developmental test and evaluation; - Operational requirements processes; - Strategic planning process and techniques; - A strong desire to oversee research team efforts; - Personnel and product safety, customer focused, and ability to close out projects completely; - Strong teaming and communication skills including leading design status communications, leadership briefings, and leading effective projects/meetings.
On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 to 1800 hrs (flexible).
As an Engineering and Physical Science professional, you will use your skills to create the systems and tools that will be used to enhance the operation of intelligence. You will advise, administer and perform scientific projects, such as planning, designing, and constructing specialized equipment, and ensuring adherence to sound engineering and scientific standards and principles. The NSA offers multiple areas of focus for facilities engineers, including computer, architectural, electrical, mechanical, and structural. In addition, we are seeking skills that include computer design, microelectronics, radio frequency design, and systems engineering. Apply your science and engineering skills to protect the nation.
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