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PostDoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado





Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering (ECEE) at CU Boulder is seeking a highly qualified engineer to work with a small, elite team, and also independently, developing exotic new thin film technologies. Because of the innovative nature of the work, the engineer will need to use a wide array of semiconductor processing skills. The device development will require insights and creativity. Much of the work will initially be carried out at nanofabrication user facilities associated with universities, and will require the engineer to be stationed at the location for several weeks at a time, or more. The small team works closely together in an enthusiastic and mutually supportive culture.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

ECEE at CU Boulder is an outstanding undergraduate and graduate program in Colorado by reputation, rankings and size! We are also:

  • Part of one of the top-ranked engineering schools in the nation.
  • Our undergraduate electrical engineering program was ranked No. 19 among our public peers in U.S. News and World Report's Best Engineering Programs for 2022.
  • We are ranked No. 13 among public computer engineering programs and No. 20 among public electrical engineering programs in U.S. News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools for 2022.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Be a part of a team developing exotic new thin film technologies (please see required skills below).

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position is $60,000 - $100,000 annually.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • PhD in electrical or chemical engineering, or similar a similar field.
  • 3+ years of experience as a process engineer in an R&D environment.
  • Extensive hands-on experience with photolithography tools, including contact mask aligners, spin coaters, etc.
  • Extensive experience with metal deposition including, sputtering, electron beam evaporation.
  • Extensive experience with dielectric deposition including sputtering, PECVD, and controlled oxidation.
  • Working experience in processes used for wet etching, RIE/ICP etching, metal lift-off patterning, etc.
  • Experience with process monitoring instrumentation such as SEM, profilometry, ellipsometry, reflectometry, etc.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills with the ability to use prior experience to make on-the-fly decisions about processes.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to travel as needed, and work on site for extended periods.
  • Skills to develop new processes as needed.
  • Ability to monitor the processes using tools such as SEM, profilometry, and ellipsometry.
  • Ability to develop and modify the recipes as needed to improve the process.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • 5+ years of semiconductor processing experience.
  • Back-end processing such as wafer dicing, wire bonding, etc.
  • Experience with mask design using CAD systems.
  • Experience with atomic layer deposition.
  • Experience with stepper lithography.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. (Optional) Transcripts/Proof of DegreeIf you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources Department using an approved online vendor. However, if your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit an English-translated version as an Optional document.
During the application process, you will be asked to submit contact information for one reference who will be asked to provide a letter of recommendation on your behalf immediately following the submission of your application.

For full consideration, please apply by June 30, 2024. This position will remain open until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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