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Device Processing Engineer

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Work type: Full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Information Technology

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At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The Device Processing Engineer is employed by UNSW to work with world-leading atomic electronics and quantum computing teams at Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Limited (SQC).

The Device Processing Engineer is part of the Nanoscale Cleanroom Processing team and reports to Professor Michelle Simmons AO and the Lead Processing Scientist. The team collaborates with atomic-scale device fabrication engineers and scientists to help implement efficient device manufacturing processes of high yield and quality. This role will support the overall fabrication of globally unique quantum computer processors.

About the role

  • Fixed Term – 3 years
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

Silicon Quantum Computing

The Device Processing Engineer is part of the Nanoscale Cleanroom Processing team and will be employed by UNSW to work with SQC, an Australian private company at the forefront of global efforts to build a commercial-scale quantum computer and bring quantum computing to market.

SQC was formed in May 2017 by the Commonwealth of Australia, UNSW Sydney, Telstra Corporation, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the State of New South Wales. It was funded with A$83 million to acquire a portfolio of world-leading silicon quantum computing intellectual property (IP) developed over the previous twenty years at the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communications Technology (CQC2T) and to commence a technical development program to build a silicon quantum computer.

Since May 2017, SQC has assembled a world-class team of quantum scientists, engineers and technicians, specialist equipment and globally unique laboratories at UNSW to further its program. In addition to its core processor technology, SQC is developing a ‘full stack’ quantum computer to ensure it can deliver a useful and manufacturable quantum device.

Specific responsibilities for this role include: 

  • Drive and where necessary lead the reproducible execution of device fabrication processes on a day-to-day basis.
  • Drive the implementation of the atomic-scale device fabrication process for improved device metrics and high yield.
  • Undertake detailed recording of individual process steps for optimisation and improvement and provide thorough reports.
  • Work closely with clean-room managers, scientists and engineers to maintain the clean-room processing equipment in optimal working condition.
  • Provide technical assistance and training to new staff and students working on the current process. Drive them towards achieving goals and results.
  • Responsible for the maintenance and repair of cleanroom equipment and systems.
  • Oversee the smooth operation of the cleanroom, including keeping stock of cleanroom consumables,, building infrastructure, and safety certification.
  • Champion safety systems including OH&S, hazardous substances, risk assessments and conformance with AS’s codes.
  • Align with and actively demonstrate the UNSW Values in Action: Our Behaviours and the UNSW Code of Conduct.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

About the successful applicant
(Selection Criteria)

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • An undergraduate or Master’s degree in Science, Engineering, or a relevant discipline.
  • Significant hands-on work experience in semiconductor clean room processing, including specifically the use of electron beam lithography and atomic force microscopy.
  • Relevant experience of acid etching (including HF etching), dry etching, metal evaporation, annealing, resist spinning, silicon cleaving, bonding and characterisation by optical and scanning electron and capacitive microscopy.
  • Experience in supporting teamwork in a fabrication environment.
  • Experience of developing semiconductor device fabrication recipes.
  • Experience in troubleshooting fabrication issues.
  • Experience in the maintenance and repair of cleanroom equipment, such as high vacuum, and ultra-high vacuum equipment, electronic equipment with high voltages.
  • Self-motivated and be able to demonstrate organisational and technical skill.
  • Well-organised, attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team.
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.

Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

Yousun Chung / Sarah Longes
Applications close: August 12th, 2022

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