MNFL Safety/Operations Tech

Job description

Requisition # 2018-9319
Department Prn Inst F/T Sci & Tech of Mat
Category Research and Laboratory
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline


Implement best practices in contamination control and safe materials handling in H5 MNFL. Ad hoc senior mentoring of chemical protocols used for vacuum- and plasma-based thin film deposition and photolithographic patterning and etching including specifying chemical delivery, use and abatement systems and practices. Must be expert in chemical process compatibility with specific tools and tool configurations along with the associated delivery systems and waste stream management. This position requires a high degree of analytic ability, reasoning and knowledge of best practice to devise new approaches to deal with highly complex and/or previously unsolved materials handling problems. Serves as a technical expert in nanotech safe application of thin film processes using hazardous production material (HPM) with responsibility for compliance with International Code Council regulations. Identifies and mitigates health hazards in concert with the staff, develops and refines safety policy, procedures and training. Modifies the design and installation of equipment and facilities alterations as necessary to maintain optimum usability, performance and safety. Approves requests from researchers for use of new materials in multi-user tools; evaluates risk based on toxicity and potential for cross contamination. Advanced vacuum system troubleshooting and repair. Conversant:basic electronics troubleshooting.


Participate in ad-hoc jobs and executing major cleanroom projects. Provides ad hoc technical mentoring, training and coaching in cleanroom tools, techniques and best practices to students and staff. Advises student researchers in materials handling protocols for effective device design and construction. Extends the hours of staffed operation by providing process support and safety compliance to 8pm. On-Call to support cleanroom emergencies off-hours including those involving facilities, TGMS, chemical handling systems and personal injury. Responsible for vacuum troubleshooting and repair, performing tip seal replacement as needed. Assists tool electronics/controls troubleshooting and repair. In consultation with EHS, specifies PPE and protocols appropriate for cleanroom and wet chemical operations. Owns TGMS, HPM cylinder change, waste stream.

Assesses and approves requests for the use of new chemicals and materials in the multi-user cleanroom after recommending process specific handling protocols or else by providing alternative process or materials options. Reviews SDS and best practices among peers for materials compatibility with multi-use tools, considering toxicity and potential for exposure, as well as prescribing means for minimizing material cross-contamination. Reviews and assists the design and installation of cleanroom equipment and facilities alterations as necessary to maintain optimum usability, performance and safety. Researches and recommends best practices for optimum cleanroom performance. Designs/develops cleanroom training protocols for use by laboratory researchers, staff, students and visitors. Investigates cases of chemical exposure with Princeton EHS and recommends CA.

Collaborates with Campus EHS and cleanroom management to design and consistently improve safety training, protocols, communication and feedback to enable researchers, students and staff with widely divergent laboratory backgrounds to work safely in a High Hazard Occupancy shared facility that houses toxic chemicals, pyrophoric and toxic compressed gases, and cryogenic liquids. Effectively and pro-actively works with EHS to address health and safety issues while meeting operational needs and deadlines
In concert with campus EHS, provides expert advice concerning health hazards, developing and refining safety policy, procedures and training.

This role references international building codes, fire codes and local ordinances (with respect to waste). Recommendations are made to supervising director and key stakeholders. Safe, legal, code-compliant measures are mutually agreed and implemented in collaboration with MNFL and EHS Directors.

Advises, and serves as a resource on SEAS, building and cleanroom safety matters and consults on HGMS systems. Reviews procedures and operational conditions, compares them to current lab and cleanroom best practice and recommends productive and safe practices.

Guides the MNFL team toward safety improvement and practice. Acts as a liaison with EHS and AHJ who are the POC's for external regulatory agencies. Proactively works to build a safe work environment and informs University compliance bodies if deficiencies exist. Assists with internal and external audits to ensure discovery and remediation of any issues. Ensures compliance with code and establishes confidence among code officials, EHS, and the Fire Marshal's office that this hazardous-materials using facility is being well managed, locally. Implements safety committee recommendations and monitors the effectiveness of the recommendations. Serves as a resource to lab and building users in developing safe working protocols and maintaining a safe working environment. Responds to employee and lab member safety concerns (including incident reporting).


Specific skills and experience to be demonstrated in an evaluation setting:
Chemical safety in the context of semiconductor-style cleanroom protocol.
International Fire and Building Code.
Suitability assessment of materials for vacuum and multi-user tool compatibility.
Vacuum troubleshooting and repair.
High purity HPM source delivery and exhaust abatement systems.
Facility with toxic gas monitoring system (TGMS).
Electronics use, troubleshooting and repair.

Must be willing to work a modified swing shift (noon-8pm) in order to provide extended hours expert mentoring and emergency staff coverage so researchers are not alone in the lab.

Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or equivalency by experience; 10+ years practical experience in semiconductor-style chemical handling and hygiene, including HPM cylinder changes. Commitment to provide excellent customer service required. In-depth understanding of regulatory compliance regarding safety. Demonstrated knowledge of Hazardous Production Material (HPM) handling, containment, abatement, remediation and remote leak detection. Broad understanding of hazards unique to semiconductor-style research. Demonstrated ability to apply chemical and materials knowledge to novel procedures aiding in the design of experiments and ability to respond to unusual chemical exposures or incidents. Diversity of skills is required.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

AST, 020

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required


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Posted: 11/24/2018
Application Due: 1/3/2019
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