Senior Engineer – thin film/dry etch

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About the position

NTNU NanoLab in Trondheim has an open temporary position until 31.08.2021 for a senior engineer within cleanroom operations. 

NTNU is the foremost technical university in Norway and located in Trondheim. NTNU NanoLab is a cleanroom of class 100-10.000 (ISO 5-7) equipped for nanostructuring and –characterisation by physical, chemical and biological methods. The cleanroom is part of Nano@NTNU, which is a strategic, cross disciplinary initiative at NTNU to promote and coordinate research in nanoscience, nanotechnology and functional materials. NTNU NanoLab is also part of a national infrastructure for micro- and nanofabrication (NorFab) and the European cleanroom consortium EuroNanoLab. The cleanroom is a hands-on infrastructure and is open for students, researchers and industry.

The engineers of NTNU NanoLab are competence holders for the cleanroom and its instrumentation. We have an international, exciting and positive work environment with good opportunities for both professional and personal development. We are currently expanding our technical staff of seven people with new positions. Therefore, we are looking for a senior engineer to take responsibility for our process equipment for nanostructuring by physical methods.

The position reports to Director NTNU NanoLab

Duties of the position

  • Our new engineer will mainly work in the nanostructuring area of the cleanroom with dry etching and thin film equipment, such as e-beam evaporators, sputters, CAIBE, ICP-RIE and PECVD (vacuum systems). This includes troubleshooting, repair and maintenance of existing equipment, as well as procurement and installation of new equipment.
  • Giving instrument training and support to users of the cleanroom will also be an important part of the position.
  • The position will include administrative tasks and logistics, such as gas handling and orders.
  • The position will contribute to an operator service for nanostructuring and -characterisation, currently developed at NTNU NanoLab.

Required selection criteria

  • Minimum 3 years engineering education (or equivalent competence) within automation, mechatronics, mechanics, electronics or another relevant field is a requirement. Relevant work experience may compensate for formal education.
  • Relevant work experience.
  • Practical experience within low voltage electronics, in particular fault localisation, is highly desirable.
  • Practical experience from troubleshooting, repair and service of advanced equipment is desirable, especially the equipment mentioned above.
  • Experience with running a large infrastructure, like a laboratory.
  • Experience in thin film and dry etch processing is beneficial.

Personal characteristics 

  • The successful candidate is practical, service minded and solution oriented.
  • You wish to optimise and develop the cleanroom workflow and process equipment performance and share your knowledge with colleagues, cleanroom users and international networks.
  • You are self-driven and have good co-operation, organisation and prioritisation skills.
  • You are structured and pay attention to detail. 
  • Good written and oral communication skills in both English and a Scandinavian language are required.

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

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of Senior Engineer code 1087 is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. 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 criteria's 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.

About the application

Please note that the application will only be evaluated on the basis of the information available at the expiry of the application deadline. Therefore, make sure that your application clearly shows how your skills and experience meet the criteria described above.

The application must contain:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • possible publications and other scientific works
  • name and adress of three references

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.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted. 

Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.   

If you have any questions about the position, please contact:

  • Director NTNU NanoLab, Peter Köllensperger ( +47 913 70 718
  • Head of Laboratory, Ken Roger Ervik ( ) +47 957 73 410.

Please submit your application and supporting documentation via If you are invited for interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. Mark the application with reference number: 2020/34566. 

Application deadline: 09.11.2020

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

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

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.

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