Nanofabrication Scientist – Lithography Specialist

University of Pittsburgh

Petersen Institute of Nanoscience and Engineering

Nanofabrication and Characterization Facility


Nanofabrication Scientist – Lithography Specialist


Under limited direction from the Technical Director of PINSE/NFCF, the Lithography Specialist will be responsible for qualifying and developing processes and for providing training on optical and electron beam lithography (EBL) equipment. The Lithography Specialist will provide expert guidance to existing and prospective users on the materials and techniques best suited to meet their research needs. The engineer will continually develop new processes to push the state of the art in order to attract and serve both internal and external customers.


  • Responsible for the supervision and training of users and the day to day operation and maintenance of lithography equipment (lithography hoods, mask aligners (Suss MJB3, Quintel Q4000), EBL system (Raith e-line), imprint (Imprio 55) and Focus Ion Beam (FEI Scios) housed in the  PINSE Nanofabrication Facility.
  • Work closely with academic and industrial users to advise and enable their research; act as a resource for process flow planning and optimization.
  • Develop, document, and continuously improve lithographic processes and techniques to be incorporated by researchers into their work.
  • Oversee training and demonstration of instrument operation procedures to University of Pittsburgh undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral and other researchers, faculty members, and external users.
  • Identify degradation of equipment performance compared to specifications and develop maintenance standards. Troubleshoot, maintain, and repair defective instruments either using in-house resources or through manufacturers service and assures minimum instrument downtime. Supervise and coordinate manufacturer service technicians during repair and maintenance procedures.
  • Assist facility director and other staff with the development and enforcing of safety and operational protocols.


  • Ph.D degree in physics, engineering, materials science or related field with at least five years of experience with optical and electron-beam lithography (EBL) equipment and processes.
  • In-depth knowledge of the fundamentals as well as recent advances in the applications of lithographic techniques.
  • Strong mechanical inclination and troubleshooting skills.
  • Ability to coordinate technical personnel to effect repairs and maintenance of complex equipment.
  • Strong attention to detail, persistence, follow through, and the ability to work with minimal supervision. 
  • High energy, self-motivated with strong communication skills and personal work ethic, and a strong sense of ownership.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of personnel at multiple levels of expertise.
  • Project management skills to prioritize and organize work, analyze and solve problems, and make sound decisions.
  • Broad nanofabrication experience in terms of both process development and equipment troubleshooting/maintenance/repair.
  • Experience with specifying, purchasing, installing, and qualifying a wide range of nanofabrication equipment (lithography, deposition, etch, metrology, inspection).
  • Hands-on experience with 100 kV EBL systems (Elionix) preferred.


Candidates should send a cover letter stating interest, along with a resume/CV to the PINSE Technical Director at


The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women and members of minority groups underrepresented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.  For full consideration complete applications should be received before May 30, 2016.