Principal Scientist

Charlottesville, VA
Apr 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Principal Scientist

Position Type: Professional Research Staff

Department: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 12-02-2016

Posting Summary:
The University of Virginia and the School of Engineering and Applied Science seeks qualified candidates for a principal scientist position for the research group of Prof. Arthur Lichtenberger in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. We are seeking a qualified candidate with expertise in the research and development of Nb and NbTiN electrodes with Al-oxide and AlN barriers, superconducting insulation superconducting (SIS) devices and fabrication technologies; Si micromachining with SOI technologies, heterogeneous integration technologies and cryogenic measurements.

Candidates must be able to work in a team environment, lead, and meet project goal deadlines. The candidate is required to have experience with contact photolithography, reactive ion etching, magnetron sputtering, Ebeam evaporation, reactive sputtering, Au and Ni plating, ellipsometry, optical spectrometry (of plasmas), SEM, AFM and wafer dicing.

The principal scientist will be working on a variety of projects including (i) the development of superconducting SIS junction and mixer technology, (ii) Si micromaching processes involving SOI architectures, (iii) micromachined on-wafer probe technology, (iv) the development of heterogeneous GaAs-Si integration and (v) the development of cryogenic measurement systems for superconducting devices and (vi) experience with Python code and computers.

A Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering or Physics required. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in the writing of technical papers and assisting in the writing of research proposals. There will be significant opportunity to be a Co-PI on proposals, and to publish research results in peer reviewed venues. Given the educational setting, and that the principal scientist will be involved in a number of different research projects, the applicants will need to interact with a wide variety of graduate students and staff. Strong communication skills and the ability to work well with other colleagues are therefore very important.

Salary and benefits offered will be commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the candidate.

To apply, visit and search for posting number 0620012. Complete a Candidate Profile online, attach a Cover Letter, CV/Resume, and Contact Information for 3 references (names, email addresses and phone numbers). The position is open until filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to: Prof. Arthur Lichtenberger Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Virginia.

The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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