Sandia National Laboratories Microelectronic/Semiconductor Technologist (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico
We are seeking a Microelectronic/Semiconductor Technologist to be part of a large, multidisciplinary team of staff and technologists working in the microsystems assembly, packaging, and integration enterprise within the department. The organization performs research, development, and manufacture of various MESA-fabricated microelectronic components such as high I/O count silicon application specific integrated circuits (ASICS), small scale compound semiconductor integrated circuits, and complex MEMS-based systems. The internal production back end of the line (BEOL) processes include such activities as high density wire bonding, die placement and attach, wafer bonding, wafer sawing, cleaning, inspection, rework, lid sealing, ink and laser marking. This work is done in a clean room environment, using industrial practices to avoid damage due to electrostatic discharge. Several of these processes involve running complicated automated equipment, however, there are also tasks that require great manual dexterity and the ability to manipulate very small parts without causing damage.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Working in close relationship with department engineers to perform a diverse set of complex duties that will require multidisciplinary thinking, close teamwork, job flexibility, versatility, and continuous learning to develop new skills
- Coordinating shipments with external vendors which includes preparation of purchase orders, kitting materials required for product assembly, inventory management, shipping and receipt inspections, and maintaining quality records
- Performing quality reviews of vendor documentation, interact with vendors to make corrections, and prepare records for Department of Energy product acceptance
- Developing, optimizing, specifying processes or process steps required for operation of department equipment and processes
- Inspecting components, subassemblies, and/or assembled microsystems to Mil-Std and custom specifications
- Maintaining rigorous tracking and documentation of work and materials for each step in assembly processes (e.g., for quality/ISO requirements and to ensure chain of custody)
- Operating at various levels of autonomy ranging from exercising judgment on which processes to use and whether those processes yield adequate results through adhering to specifically defined process instructions
- Operating assembly lab and testing equipment in support of BEOL processing
- Working from documentation, written or verbal instructions, schematics, rough sketches, diagrams, layouts, and plans that may require knowledge and practical understanding of electronic theory and principles
- Applying and documenting quality inspection, test, and measurement procedures and results for assembled microcomponents and microsystems devices
- Programming automated assembly equipment
- Perform a variety of basic machine and laboratory preventative maintenance duties
- Working to Sandia quality, security, environmental safety and health (ES&H) standards
- Occasional travel required as we work with external entities to monitor adherence to specified standards
Operating assembly lab and testing equipment in support of BEOL processingWorking from documentation, written or verbal instructions, schematics, rough sketches, diagrams, layouts, and plans that may require knowledge and practical understanding of electronic theory and principlesApplying and documenting quality inspection, test, and measurement procedures and results for assembled microcomponents and microsystems devicesProgramming automated assembly equipmentPerform a variety of basic machine and laboratory preventative maintenance dutiesWorking to Sandia quality, security, environmental safety and health (ES&H) standardsOccasional travel required as we work with external entities to monitor adherence to specified standards
- High school diploma or equivalent plus three or more years of directly related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience in at least one of the following activities:
Working on a manufacturing production line
- Inspecting wafers or die, wire bonding, die attach, lid sealing through attachment, molding, or encapsulation
- Performing measurements with a measuring microscope, part testing (PIND, fine and gross leak)
- Able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-Level security clearance
- Experience working in manufacturing clean rooms
- Experience developing, optimizing, or documenting machine recipes and operating processes
- Proficiency with electronic part/lot tracking or traveler systems
- Experience setting up computer controlled equipment or components
- Experience documenting material usage in an inventory system
- Ability to prepare procedures for tool operation
- Experience working with external customers
- Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel
Working closely with staff from the Microsystems Integration Department the Packaging and Assembly Operations team provides hands-on packaging and assembly of micro-enabled devices for everything from fundamental research and development projects to NW product deliveries.
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:
- Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
- Extraordinary co-workers
- Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
- Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
- Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*
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Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.
Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.
Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.
Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT
This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.
Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.