MESA MicroFab Operations Team Lead - (Management) (Onsite)

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

Job posting number: #7256325 (Ref:Sa693592)

Posted: July 13, 2024

Job Description

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
  • Extraordinary co-workers
  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
  • Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)
  • Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:*These benefits vary by job classification.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

MESA’s MicroFab Operations Team is currently seeking a Team Lead, R&D Science and Engineering to manage a skilled team of technologists and engineers. Team members are tasked with operational roles within the Microsystems Engineering, Science, and Applications (MESA) center’s MicroFabrication facility. The MicroFab is a high-work mix, user-facing facility with extensive compound semiconductor and silicon device fabrication capabilities, addressing a combination of production and R&D needs. These team members perform routine qualification work on MicroFab tooling, collaborate closely with MicroFab tool owners and integrators to advance production and R&D processes, and implement local MicroFab improvement projects in the areas of safety, quality, ergonomics, and efficiency.

On any given day, one may be called upon to:

  • Lead all aspects of a group of technologists tasked with sustaining, R&D, and production operations on semiconductor processing tools within the MicroFab and associated light labs
  • Work to understand the needs of the team in order to forecast work, address coverage issues, and improve its capabilities
  • Work as an integrated member of the MESAFab management team to advance MESA’s mission
  • Drive self-initiated efforts, and supports others’, to improve safety, quality, efficiency, waste reduction, and security of all aspects of the MicroFab’s operations
  • Coordinate subordinate employee recruitment, selection, work assignments, recognition and disciplinary actions, and contributes to performance evaluations
  • Work to support team members’ professional development goals
  • Work with MESA and corporate SMEs to ensure compliance with Sandia and federal safety laws
  • Act as a management interface for diverse internal customers, including facilities, ESS&H, security, and programmatic entities
  • Represent MESA’s needs and interests to corporate-level organizations, including ESS&H, Legal, Procurement, and Medical

Due to the nature of the role, this candidate must be able to work onsite.

Salary Range:

$127,900 - $217,400

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant STEM field plus 5 or more years’ related semiconductor fab experience
  • Demonstrated experience in a semiconductor manufacturing environment
  • The ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Proven experience in a semiconductor production environment, in either an operations, sustainment, or maintenance role
  • Proven leadership and/or management experience
  • Training and certification in Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques
  • A familiarity with manufacturing execution software programs
  • Effective organizational skills
  • A proven track record of the execution of tactical improvement projects in the areas of safety, efficiency, or quality
  • Effective interpersonal, presentation, and oral/written communication skills
  • A strong commitment to customer satisfaction, quality, safety, collaboration, and partnership
  • An active DOE Q-level security clearance; or other equivalent active security clearance

About Our Team:

Sandia National Laboratories Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications (MESA) complex provides unique processing capability in semiconductor microfabrication. The MESAFab Operations departments develop and maintain core semiconductor processing capabilities and capacity that enable our customers to build differentiating microsystems products. Two unique facilities are co-located within the MESAFab complex including:

  • A Class 1 Silicon Fab for 8-inch silicon wafer processing
  • A Class 10 and Class 100 MicroFab for compound semiconductor material processing and silicon wafer post-processing

Key microfabrication processing areas include photolithography, reactive ion etch, wet etch/clean, oxidation and diffusion, thin films, CMP (planarization), ion implantation, metrology, deep reactive silicon ion etch, wafer bonding and thinning, electroplating, packaging, MEMS release, yield learning and statistical process control.

The Silicon Fab has processing expertise in both CMOS and MEMS technologies. Over 150 equipment sets are maintained, supported, and operated 18 hours per day, 5 days a week. Both processing and maintenance expertise are staffed on 2 shifts. We offer unique prototyping capabilities. We produce full flow production lots with quick turnaround time as well as performing flexible process development. The MicroFab has expertise in compound semiconductor material processing. All of the MicroFab equipment (180 tools) is maintained and supported by our in-house maintenance and technical staff, operating on 2 shifts. We produce highly customized, low-volume production or prototyping devices and have flexible processing capabilities.

Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Job ID: 693592

Job Family: RD

Regular/Temporary Position: R

Full/Part-Time Status: F

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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Job posting number:#7256325 (Ref:Sa693592)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque,New Mexico
United States
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