Core Laboratory Engineer, Micro-Nano Fabrication

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
03 May 2021
End of advertisement period
24 May 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Full Time

ORGANIZATION NAME Khalifa University


Khalifa University is a world-class, research-intensive institution in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The University’s mission is to seamlessly integrate research and education to produce world leaders and critical thinkers in science, engineering, and medicine, and also to be a catalyst towards Abu Dhabi’s 2030 vision for a knowledge-based economy. Khalifa University has two campuses in the city of Abu Dhabi – the KU Main Campus and the Sas Al Nakhl Campus, the latter housing two of KU’s flagship research institutes: Masdar Institute and Petroleum Institute.


The Core Lab Engineer is responsible for the day-to-day technical operations of a cleanroom facility, which includes equipment management, maintenance of equipment and research support facilities, the training of users, the compliance of the lab with University Environmental, Health and Safety regulation (EHS), and proper and safe use of equipment and materials.


Operational Responsibilities

Laboratory Safety

  • Drive practices and metrics that ensure that the laboratories operate in compliance with all aspects of Khalifa University Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) policies

Laboratory Operations

  • Responsible for the coordination of maintenance; work with the cleanroom instructor to ensure problems don’t impact laboratory services
  • Responsible for the coordination of the performance of the cleanroom and equipment
  • Assist with laboratory goals and operational procedures for quality, efficiency, and waste reduction

Technical Support

  • Perform tests on a daily or weekly basis to identify issues and ensure optimal performance
  • Maintain records to ensure safe and optimal operation of equipment
  • Perform preventative maintenance following supplier guidelines
  • Responsible for routine repairs and servicing
  • Communicate with the instructor if repairs require vendors or are covered by a maintenance contract
  • Support the instructor to ensure quality control checks are carried out to improve practices
  • Support the instructor to create, update, and maintain standard operating procedures
  • Contribute technically to the installation and commissioning of tools
  • Help establish operational and maintenance protocol
  • Assist in maintaining stock levels and inventory of lab suppliers

Resource Management

  • Assist the instructor in maintaining an inventory of commonly used lab supplies, maintenance parts, and any other items related to research lab operations
  • Ensure equipment schedules on the lab website are kept up to date
  • Guide the instructor on the purchase of replacement parts

Research Services

  • Maintain liaison with investigators, research personnel, and staff to solve technical problems

Other Responsibilities

  • Adhere to the University’s information security and confidentiality policies and procedures, and report breaches or other security risks accordingly
  • Coordinate with other departments to facilitate the accomplishment of tasks and responsibilities as and when needed
  • Perform any other tasks assigned by the Line Manager

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Recommend appropriate training courses as per the user’s research interests

Equipment and Technical Expertise

  • Maintain and service the following items:


  • Acid Etching
  • Reynolds Acid Etch Bench
  • Ashing of Substrates
  • Plasma Etch Asher PE-50
  • Atomic layer deposition
  • Oxford FlexAl Atomic Layer Deposition System
  • Chemical Vapor Deposition
  • Aixtron BM 4 Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) system
  • Curing of polymers
  • Blue M Inert Gas Oven UP 550 Control
  • DRIE
  • Oxford Instruments PlasmaLab 100 DRIE
  • E-beam Evaporation
  • Temescale BJD-2000 E-beam Evaporator.
  • E-beam lithography
  • RAITH E-line Plus Electronic Beam Lithography System
  • Hazardous process gas handling/flow control and pressure reduction
  • Kinetics Gas Cabinets
  • Meridionale Impianti Gas Cabinets
  • HMDS treatment
  • Interferometer
  • Filmetrics F40
  • KOH bench
  • Reynolds KOH Bench
  • Oxford PlasmaLab 100 Plasma Enhanced Vapor Deposition system
  • Photolithography (UV)
  • Karl SUSS MA8/BA8e Gen 3
  • Photoresist Developing
  • Reynolds Photoresist Developer Bench
  • Profilometry
  • Veeco Dektak 150
  • RCA Cleaning
  • Reynolds RCA Clean Bench
  • RIE (Chlorine) Based
  • SAMCO 200iP Chlorine Reactive Ion Etcher (RIE)
  • RIE (Flourine) Based
  • SAMCO 200iP Fluorine Reactive Ion Etcher (RIE)
  • Solvent Bench
  • Reynolds Solvent Bench
  • Spin Coating of Photoresist
  • Karl SUSS RCD8 Gen 3
  • Sputtering
  • AJA Orion 300 Plasma Sputterer
  • Thermal Evaporation
  • Kurt J. Lesker PVD 75 Thermal Evaporator
  • Toxic Gas Detection and Response System
  • Toxic Gas Monitoring and Alarm System
  • Variable Angle Ellipsometery
  • JA Woollam Variable Angle Ellipsometer
  • Video Microscopy with 3-D
  • Keyence VHX 1000 Video Microscope
  • Wafer Dicing
  • DISCO DAD 3220 Dicing Saw
  • Liquide Waste Neutralization system

Supporting Equipment:

  • ADP 122P Dry Pump
  • Alcatel ADS 602H
  • Alcatel Adixen ACP 15G
  • Leybold D25BCS
  • CTi 8200 Compressor
  • Alcatel 2005SD, S.N.
  • Edwards nXDS 10i scroll pump
  • Edwards nXDS 20i


Required Qualification

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in A related field with relevant experience in Research Laboratories

Required Expereince

  • Expats: A minimum of 7-9 years of relevant experience
  • UAE Nationals: A minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience


A complete application includes curriculum vitae, cover letter, photo, and the names and contact information of three references

Should you require further assistance or if you face any issue with the online application, please feel to contact the Recruitment Team (