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Team Lead, Science and Engineering (5244-2)

Albuquerque, NM 87102
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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.


We are seeking an R&D Team Lead to manage a team of Microelectronics Equipment Technologists. This is one of two teams within Sandias Microsystems Engineering, Science and Applications Center (MESA) tasked with sustaining and maintenance support of the semiconductor processing tools that enable MESAs mission. The team's chief responsibilities are the successful execution of preventative maintenance and equipment failure response operations, driving projects to improving tooling capabilities, collaborating with facilities support organizations and external vendors, acting as local specialists on tool and equipment matters, and developing and implementing safe work practices and procedures.

Other functions of the Team Lead include:

+ Supervises a group of technologists tasked with sustaining and maintenance operations on semiconductor processing tools across MESAs two collocated fabs.
+ Works strategically to understand and act upon the needs of the team to address coverage issues and improve its capabilities.
+ Works as an integrated member of the MESA management team to advance MESAs mission.
+ Drives self-initiated efforts, and supports others efforts, to improve safety, quality, efficiency, waste reduction, and security of equipment installation, qualification, removal and decontamination.
+ Coordinate subordinate employee recruitment, selection, work assignments, recognition and disciplinary actions, and contributes to performance evaluations.
+ Works with local and corporate SMEs to ensure compliance with Sandia and federal safety laws.
+ Acts as a management interface for diverse internal customers, including facilities, ESS&H, security, and programmatic entities.
+ Represents MESAs needs and interests to corporate-level organizations, including ESS&H, Legal, Procurement, and Medical.


+ Bachelor's degree in relevant STEM fields plus five years of relevant semiconductor fab experience
+ Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level clearance


Ideally, we would like to see your experience include some of the following:

+ Demonstrated experience in a semiconductor production environment in either an operations, sustainment, or maintenance role
+ Demonstrated leadership/management experience
+ Training and certification in Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques
+ Familiarity with Manufacturing Execution Software Programs
+ Effective interpersonal, presentation and oral/written communication skills
+ Effective organizational skills
+ Strong dedication to customer happiness, quality, safety, collaboration, and teamwork
+ Strong mechanical skills, semiconductor equipment knowledge and ability to provide direction on complex problems.
+ Familiarity with all safety requirements relevant to semiconductor equipment work (e.g. lock out tag out, pressure and electrical safety, chemical safety)
+ Active DOE L or Q security clearance

Department Description:

Sandia National Laboratories Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications (MESA) complex provides outstanding 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 outstanding facilities are co-located within the 65,000 square foot MESAFab complex including:

99. 12,000 square foot Class 1 Silicon Fab for 8-inch silicon wafer processing
99. 15,000 square foot 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 24 hours per day, 5 days a week (3 shifts). Both processing and maintenance expertise are staffed on all 3 shifts. We offer outstanding 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 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.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nations 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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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: http://www.sandia.gov *These benefits vary by job classification.

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.

EEO Statement:

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.



  • Engineering
Posted: 2020-11-20 Expires: 2020-12-21

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

National security is our business. We apply science to help detect, repel, defeat, or mitigate threats.

For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.

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