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Microfabrication Technologist

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 05/10/2023

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Company Description

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Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$36.50  - $45.32  Hourly for the 504.2 level

$43.78  - $54.35  Hourly for the 504.3 level

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have an opening in the Micro & Nano Technology Section (MNTS) for a Microfabrication Technologist with a background in one or more of the following areas: micro-electro-mechanical-devices (MEMS), semiconductor, micro/nano-fabrication processes, microfluidic devices, chemical/biological devices and electronic devices. Under general supervision, you will provide technical support to engineers and senior technical personnel for micro-fabrication scientific methodologies and processes, characterization, experimental development, data collection, and testing. You will interact with co-workers, supervisor, and technical personnel, both internal and external to the Laboratory. This position will be in the Materials Engineering Division (MED), within the Engineering Directorate.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

You will 

  • Provide general technical support to engineers, scientists, and senior technical personnel in one or more of the following areas: Microfabrication, analysis, characterization, experimental development, experimental execution, data collection, interpretation, reporting.  
  • Perform microfabrication of devices using MEMS/semiconductor-based technologies, such as: Photolithography, Wet Chemistry, Plasma Etching, Thin Film Deposition (metals, dielectrics, polymers) sputtering, E-Beam, ALD, and Wafer Dicing.
  • Measure, test, and analyze materials and substances following standard, and at times unique, procedures and techniques using analytical instruments such as microscopes, SEM, profilometers, and other analytical equipment.
  • Responsible for the safe and effective operation, testing, maintenance, and calibration of major scientific instruments and apparatus.
  • Write equipment procedures.
  • Work in a Class 100 Cleanroom.
  • Work with hazardous chemicals & gases and manage hazardous waste.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the 504.3 level

  • Provide solutions to complex technical problems. Regular decision making to establish or modify guideline techniques, procedures to choose appropriate work methods, and possibly to set priorities.
  • Prepare summary reports, report results, identify problems, and suggest solutions.
  • Develop processes, procedures, SOP’s, qualification testing.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Associate degree in Microtechnology, Chemistry/Materials, Electronics or Engineering, or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Experience in wet chemistries, photolithography, thin film deposition of materials, and plasma etching.
  • Experience acquiring and analyzing basic data. Experience keeping laboratory notebook, preparing data summaries of results, and helping to identify problems.
  • Ability to provide solutions to moderately complex technical problems.
  • Intermediate skills and understanding of relevant technologies and processes, including interpreting, and utilizing laboratory equipment.
  • Proficient computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Effective communication, interpersonal, and teamwork skills and abilities.

Additional qualifications at the 504.3 level

  • High level skills and understanding of relevant technologies and procedures.
  • Advanced specialized technical expertise in one or a few areas of chemistry, materials science, engineering, or microfabrication.
  • Ability to troubleshoot complex microfabrication problems.
  • Ability to provide solutions to complex technical problems, making decisions to establish or modify guidelines techniques, and procedures to choose appropriate work methods, and possibly to set priorities.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory.  If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request. 

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The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

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