Senior Process Engineer in Etching

Sydney, Australia
11 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
21 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Research & Prototype Foundry

Core Research Facilities, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

  • Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in wet and dry etching
  • Become a part of the University’s cutting edge nanoscience facility 

About the opportunity 

Research and Prototype Foundry (RPF) is a University Core Research Facility based in the Sydney Nanoscience Hub (SNH), which will provide subsidised access to leading edge facilities, not just to the University of Sydney, but also the wider Australian community. It is a partner of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), which is a federally funded national organisation. The cleanroom facilities allow researchers and industry across the country to make nano-scale devices and prototype new ideas. The types of nanofabrication are expected to included nano-electronics, optical chips, microfluidic devices and micro and nano-electronic mechanical devices (MEMs and NEMS).

The Senior Process Engineer: Etching will manage a significant capability in the RPF – the wet and dry etching. This role is part of the leadership team for the RPF and will have the opportunity to enable cross-facility utilisation by researchers, staff, students, and industry. The Senior Process Engineer: Etching will provide expert technical support and advice to researchers using the facility, aiding the research and providing collaborative research input for projects being undertaken. 

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence.

We are looking for a Senior Process Engineer who possesses demonstrated expertise in: 

  • The application of dry etching to micro and nano fabrication
  • Managing the day-to-day running of scientific instrumentation in a multiuser facility
  • Ascertaining research trends, methodological developments and the needs of researchers
  • Analytical, problem solving and time management skills, with the capacity to manage competing priorities and support projects to completion
  • Interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships with relevant stakeholders, staff, users, supervisors and equipment suppliers
  • Applying and abiding by WHS legislative requirements, plus safe work practice and risk assessment preparation
  • The application of wet etching to micro and nano fabrication in a cleanroom environment (desirable)

You will provide subject matter expertise and overall guidance in wet and dry etching capabilities, and provide strategic support and advice to the Managers and Director with regard to etching. You will be responsible for ensuring that your area of the facility is properly maintained, that all etching equipment is functioning correctly and that preventative and reactive work/maintenance protocols are in place. You will work with autonomy and will have discretion to utilise your knowledge and experience to meet the needs of our researchers. This is an exciting opportunity to take a leadership role in a cutting edge new facility and make a significant impact on its development.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Closing date: 5pm 21 September 2017

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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