NTNU NanoLab has a vacancy for a

Cleanroom Process Group Leader / Research Engineer

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About the position

NTNU NanoLab is hiring a process group leader who will be responsible for the development of the process group with a main focus on the nanostructuring area of the NTNU NanoLab cleanroom. You will be working as a process integrator, developing and sharing capabilities that allow our users to accelerate their research.

NTNU Nano (www.ntnu.no/nano) is a cross-faculty, strategic initiative with the objective to coordinate and promote research within nanotechnology, nanoscience and functional materials at NTNU. As an important part of the initiative, NTNU NanoLab is a 700m2 cleanroom (ISO 5-7) with more than 340 users per year and almost 26.000 user hours. The laboratory is run as an open access, hands-on facility, with cross-disciplinary cooperation between scientists as a basic principle. NTNU NanoLab offers a dynamic working environment with interesting challenges in cooperation with students, researchers, engineers, scientific staff and industry users at NTNU. NTNU NanoLab’s permanent staff currently consists of seven engineers, the Head of Laboratory and the Director. NTNU NanoLab leads NorFab, the Norwegian Infrastructure for Micro- and Nanofabrication (https://www.norfab.no), and is active in the Nordic Nano Network (http://nordicnanolab.com) and the EuroNanoLab consortium (http://euronanolab.com).

The main task of the process group is to support users in process planning and development, as well as documentation and quality assurance of fabrication processes developed by cleanroom users. As a process integrator, you will be able to take a holistic view of the fabrication lines in the cleanroom and advise users accordingly. The process group consists in total of three man-year positions distributed over 4 engineers and 3-4 PhD students with duty work in the cleanroom. The selected candidate will head this group and together with NanoLab’s management develop a strategy and work tasks to improve the workflow for our users and accelerate their fabrication processes.  Furthermore, user training, support and guidance will be important tasks for the engineers working in this group. On occasions, you will support the team in repair and maintenance to ensure equipment downtimes are kept to a minimum.

The process group leader will also work with the Director of NTNU NanoLab to support our efforts towards the EuroNanoLab consortium, the Nordic Nano Network and other strategic initiatives.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Assisting users in process development and related troubleshooting, qualification of user developed processes
  • Development of processes and standards for process documentation
  • Testing and calibration of process equipment, documentation of tool performance
  • Planning future investments, including specification of equipment capabilities, FAT and SAT.
  • Collaboration with other experts within our networks
  • Administrative tasks connected to cleanroom operation
  • User training on existing processes and equipment, including lab procedures and safety
  • Repair and maintenance of various tools in the cleanroom, as well as the modification, upgrade, and development of tools when needed

The research engineer will support ongoing research and education as competence holder, -builder and -communicator. The successful candidate strives to optimise and develop NanoLab’s process equipment and share his or her knowledge with colleagues, cleanroom users and our international network.

The successful candidate will support research in an interdisciplinary, high level research organisation and be part of both the Nordic Nanolab Expert Network and the EuroNanoLab Expert Network

Qualification requirements

Candidates must have a PhD degree within a relevant field. Work experience can compensate for formal qualification.

The successful candidate must have:

  • At least 3 years processing experience within lithography, thin film processing and dry etching
  • Demonstrable results from fabrication within a cleanroom
  • A good understanding of the opportunities and challenges of operating in an academic cleanroom environment
  • Excellent communication skills in oral and written English
  • Ability to work in a structured, independent, and solution-oriented manner

Newly employed staff members who do not master a Scandinavian language will be required to obtain knowledge of Norwegian at an equivalent standard to level three in the Norwegian for Foreigners courses provided by the Department of Applied Linguistics, NTNU, within three years.

Desired qualifications 

  • Extensive experience within process development using relevant equipment (dry etching, lithography, thin film processing)
  • Experience with relevant characterisation techniques, in particular electron microscopy
  • Team work capability
  • Experience from repair and maintenance work with advanced equipment is beneficial

Personal characteristics 

Personal skills: Outgoing, service minded and good cooperative skills.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

We offer

  • a positive, international and exciting work environment with excellent possibilities for professional and personal development
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits

Salary and conditions

  • A researcher is placed in code 1109 and the salary is set at Norwegian state salary levels. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. 

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants. 

 Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Publications and other scientific reports that the applicant would like to have considered, must be scanned and submitted electronically along with the other attachments. Having produced such publications is, however, not a requirement for the position. Joint papers will be considered, but in these cases the candidate should account for her or his contribution.

Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2019/14244 when applying.  

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

NTNU NanoLab is a 700m2cleanroom facility opened in 2009 and is a major part of NTNU´s strategic initiative for Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Functional Materials - NTNU Nano. Since then NTNU NanoLab have developed and currently supports the research of more than 70 faculty at NTNU, 250 annual users with 25.000 user hours, of which 10% stem from industry. The NTNU NanoLab staff includes the director, eight service and process engineers and a head of laboratory. The Faculty of Natural Sciences is the host faculty for the NTNU Nanolab.


Peter Köllensperger
Director NTNU NanoLab

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