The cleanroom manager is responsible for all aspects of operating and maintaining the shared user cleanroom facility for the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. The successful candidate must possess a combination of technical and managerial skills to be successful in this position. The cleanroom manager will play a critical role in VINSE's efforts to support research across a broad range of technical disciplines and interests, to advance undergraduate education, and to support outreach activities with schools and other community groups. Reporting directly to the VINSE director, the cleanroom manager will work closely with the VINSE deputy director, VINSE technical staff, and VINSE administrative staff, as well as Vanderbilt facilities staff and external contractors.
VINSE operations occupy cleanroom and advanced imaging facilities on the main and basement levels, respectively, of Vanderbilt University's 230,000 sqft Engineering and Science Building (ESB), which opened in 2017. VINSE facilities are focal points at the ESB with the cleanroom totaling approximately 10,000 total sqft of floor space. VINSE is recruiting a cleanroom manager to lead the safe operation of the cleanroom facility and to support VINSE's mission in research, education, and outreach. The ideal candidate will possess extensive working experience in a cleanroom along with strong communication, teamwork, management, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills.
Duties and Responsibilities
The successful candidate will play a critical role in VINSE's efforts to support research across a broad range of technical disciplines and interests, to advance undergraduate education, and to support outreach activities with schools and other community groups. This person must have a strong technical background, strong organizational skills, and a teamwork focus to meet the following performance expectations with minimal oversight:
Responsible for the operation and maintenance of the cleanroom, including ensuring the facility complies with all health and safety standards.
Actively involved in the development and implementation of cleanroom processes.
Develop and improve processes and capabilities of interest to the VINSE research community and ensure appropriate documentation is created, revised, and maintained.
Assist VINSE users with research activities, including troubleshooting problems and assisting with the development of unique processing capabilities.
Proactively work with researchers to ensure a positive and productive experience in VINSE facilities.
Help specify and install new equipment, as well as develop associated processes and procedures that expand VINSE's technical capabilities.
Work with other VINSE staff members to train users on cleanroom processes and equipment.
This position is a great opportunity to become involved across a broad spectrum of cleanroom-based activities involving interdisciplinary research and undergraduate education.
This position does have supervisory responsibility, including supervising cleanroom staff, users working in the cleanroom and undergraduate student workers. This position reports administratively and functionally to the VINSE director.
MS or Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, or related discipline; BS considered for candidates with five or more years of relevant experience.
Extensive knowledge of the operation and maintenance of cleanroom tools and infrastructure is required .
Expertise in several of the following areas is required : Thermal evaporation, sputtering, and electron-beam deposition of thin films; plasma-enhanced CVD (PECVD); atomic layer deposition (ALD); reactive ion etching (RIE); wet chemical etching and cleaning; photolithography; soft lithography techniques; and electron-beam lithography .
Strong communication skills are required .
Management experience is preferred.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
Internal Number: 10000415
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