Entry-Level Thin-Film Plasma Engineer / Material Scientist

Starfire Industries

Starfire Industries

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Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2023

​Entry-Level Thin-Film Plasma Engineer / Material Scientist

​Starfire is seeking a highly motivated persons to join our technical engineering team to support R&D activities and customer process development across multiple applications.  We seek candidates for two separate roles: (1) thin-film equipment setup, plasma process recipes, and material etching/coatings, and (2) material layering design, thin-film coatings, physical testing & characterization, and data analysis.

We seek candidates familiar with plasma deposition processes, thin-film materials, and microanalysis experience. Building on your base materials knowledge, and vacuum processing skill set, we will provide job-specific training unique to our products and technologies.  You will enjoy “hands-on” work alongside the scientific team supporting on a diverse set of applications.

This position is eligible to earn an “on-the-job” Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.) Degree through a professional program between Starfire and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Plasma Engineering or Electrical Engineering. If eligible and meeting requirements, Starfire will reimburse tuition costs for the M.Eng. while working 75% full time over a two-year period. The M.Eng. capstone project will be directly relevant to work at Starfire.
Job Summary:
​Planning thin-film coating and surface modifications using IMPULSE® or RADION™, constructing test fixtures, performing etching and depositions, analyzing material properties, conducting SEM/EDS, nano/microanalysis, physical and electronic property assessments, and presenting data to the R&D team and customers.
Primary Responsibilities:
  • Execute thin-film materials campaigns from design, setup, plasma processing and testing.
  • Perform materials characterization and data analysis for customer deliverables and internal projects 
  • Communicate consistently and openly with engineers, technicians, and managers
  • Actively pursue effective collaboration with R&D team members
Required Qualifications: 
  • Relevant Baccalaureate Degree with suitable concentration or experience
    • e.g., Material Science & Engineering, Nuclear, Plasma & Radiological Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, or Engineering Physics
  • Experience with PVD coatings, plasma etching, or thin-film processing techniques, e.g., capability to operate plasma processing equipment
  • Able to lift 50lbs. and perform physical tasks in various positions: standing, reaching, crouching, kneeling, etc.
  • Desire to learn, appreciates hands-on work, strong mechanical aptitude, and experience with electronics
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills fluent in English (written and verbal)
  • Proficient with MS Office Software & Teams Flexible and willing to work with multiple functional groups within the company
  • Passionate about technology and looking to apply that passion to a career
Desired Qualifications:  
  • Experience in one or more of the following:
    • Microanalysis: FIB/SEM, EDS, EBSD, XRF, XRD, Nanoindentation, G76 Erosion, 4-Point Probe, AFM, optical profilometer
    • Material sample preparation, cross-sectioning, polishing, ion milling.
    • Corrosion and wear analysis
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Minimum 3+ years’ work experiences
Salary commensurate with experience. Immediate start date. 
This position is restricted to U.S. Persons only.
Send CV/resume and cover letter to hr@starfireindustries.com