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Research Process Specialist

Date: May, 2016
Reports to (Job Title): Giga to Nanoelectronics Faciltity Manager
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): Jobs Reporting
Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering


Waterloo Campus


USG 10
37.5 hrs/wk

Primary Purpose

The Research Process Specialist (Specialist) is responsible for operational excellence in the Giga-to- Nanoelectronics (G2N) laboratory. The G2N lab is a nanoscience research facility that provides users, both internal and external, access to expertise and instrumentation in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment. The Specialist supports the visibility and reputation of the G2N Centre by maintaining the sound technical and operational capability of the lab. This position provides highly specialized technical research support, scientific expertise and consultation for G2N research activities. Additionally, this position oversees the Foundry Lab services and its thin film deposition and transistor fabrication operations. S/he will also collaborate with faculty members assigned with the tasks of planning and delivering lab courses in the nanotechnology (NE) program

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Lab Operations:

 2.  Oversight of Research Lab Users:

3.  Foundry Lab:

4. Instruction
of students and assessment of their academic performance:



5.  Other Duties:

Position Requirements


Masters of Applied Science degree in Engineering, or equivalent combination of education and experience. PhD degree preferred.

Has fundamental knowledge in clean room and metrology suite operation.


Minimum five years of experience managing lab operations.

Experience with techniques used in characterizing fabricated test structures and devises including both electrical and physical analysis methods.

Expertise in thin-film materials and device processing.

Expertise in manufacture of display technologies and with process development of flexible electronics for display applications.




Broad knowledge of current applications used in a clean room and semiconductor device fabrication environment.


MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Intermediate Intermediate Basic

Databases: Intermediate (SharePoint/FileMakerPro/Oracle or other)

Other: Extensive hardware and software knowledge in the area of nanotechnology engineering and/or science.

Scanning electron microscope, profilometer, ellipsometer

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internally, the Specialist liaises with lab staff, graduate students, faculty members, research personnel, and Safety Office Plant Operations, as well as administrative staff to present, discuss information and problems. Externally, the Specialist will have contacts relevant to accomplishing laboratory delivery objectives, as well as equipment and/or software suppliers to clarify information and discuss problems.

Level of Responsibility:

The job has specialized work with minimal supervision and provides guidance to others. S/he is responsible for the efficient operation of the G2N clean room and metrology suite. The Specialist ensures graduate students are made competent to perform the work they have been assigned through training and supervision. The Specialist identifies and designs solutions to a wide range of unique problems and other research activities.

Decision-Making Authority:

The incumbent develops fab equipment operating policies based on current needs, academic/industry best practices, university guidelines and G2N policies. S/he develops technical and methodological solutions to complex engineering/scientific problems requiring independent analytical thinking and advanced knowledge.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Moderate demands typical of a technical position operating within a research lab environment that may involve lifting of equipment, rearranging, and standing for extended periods of time. Delicate manipulation of frangible materials and devices. Much of the time is spent working in a cleanroom environment where cleanroom gowning (head to toe) must be worn.

Working Environment:

Safety procedures must be strictly enforced.   Occasional exposure to chemicals and/or fumes.

Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week. Lab space and scheduling restrictions may necessitate after hours work. Work outside of normal hours may be occasionally being required to deal with emergencies, maintenance, upgrades, or scheduling issues.