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Process Engineer Associate - Semiconductor Materials & Devices
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland
Date Posted 09/24/2021
Science-Electrical Engineering
Science-Materials Science
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Do you like contributing to creative solutions in a collaborative laboratory environment?

Would you love to work with a group of dedicated technical specialists on projects that are necessary to maintaining our national security?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

The Multifunctional Materials and Nanostructures Group is seeking a process engineer associate with a strong background in semiconductor materials and devices for solid state energy conversion technologies.

The Research and Exploratory Development Department (REDD) at APL, has a strong and growing R&D initiative to pursue innovative solid-state energy and thermal management technologies, in order to support the ever-increasing energy, power, and thermal demands in the national security, space, and other dual-purpose domains. This Processing Engineering Associate will engage in a wide spectrum of engineering and materials processing including, but not limited to, working in a materials/chemistry R&D lab, photolithography, electrochemical plating, custom engineering of high-vacuum, high-temperature equipment for characterizing materials, testing semiconductor devices, and the use of optical instruments. The successful candidate will work and communicate closely and effectively with the materials R&D team to ensure all tasks are performed to extremely high standards.

You will be joining a hardworking team of world-class engineers and scientists passionate about innovation, work ethics, and healthy collaboration. Our team is committed to excellence in work and diversity. We strive to foster an environment of open communication and continuous improvement.

Your duties will include:

  • Conduct materials and semiconductors processing. Processing activities include, but are not limited to, material synthesis, device fabrication, prototyping, electrochemical plating, photolithography, and the facilitization, operation, and maintenance of the equipment.

  • Characterize and analyze materials and devices.


  • Communicate daily with project teams on materials development activities to support programmatic needs. Participate in discussion of ideas, options, and approaches. Report work progress in both oral and written form.

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Two-year associate degree or equivalent work experience.

  • 1+ years of laboratory experience in fabricating and characterizing semiconductor materials and devices.

  • Organizational skills necessary for maintenance of laboratory process inventories and notebooks.


  • Detailed data analysis skills and the ability to communicate with the team to discuss results, future directions, and new ideas.


  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office to include Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.


  • Are a team player and have excellent communication skills.


  • Are willing and able to travel occasionally to attend meetings with sponsors and academic conferences.


  • Are able to obtain a Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.


  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.


You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry or a related field.


  • 2+ years of hands-on experience in semiconductor processing such as photolithography, plating, and physical vapor deposition including e-beam evaporation.


Why work at APL?


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates. At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creati
vity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at

Additional Information
  • Primary Mission Area: Research & Exploratory Development
  • Requisition ID: 27630
  • Security Clearance Required on Start Date: Clearance not required
  • Final Security Clearance Required: Secret
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