Engineer -Thin Film Development - Entry Level

Engineer -Thin Film Development - Entry Level

LaCie Seagate
0-2 years
Not Specified

Job Description

About our group:

Do you want to work on cutting edge technology that pushes the limits of what a whole industry can do Do you want to help drive the performance of Seagate recording heads beyond that of any other competitor in the world The Thin Film Development Group does just this by delivering new material and deposition process solutions to Seagate's advanced recording head development effort. As part of the wafer process team, we develop best-in-class films using vacuum- and electrochemistry-based deposition methods, and partner with integration teams to introduce these films into new recording head designs. As an enabler of head performance and reliability advances through materials innovation, we help Seagate win in technology and time-to-market.

About the role - you will:

  • Develop novel metal and dielectric thin films and processes for next-generation heat-assisted magnetic recording heads
  • Create new process modules using a variety of deposition techniques (PVD, IBD, ALD, CVD), and optimize their performance with statistically-based experimentation methods
  • Conduct detailed studies of material properties using microstructural, chemical, electrical and thermal/mechanical test methods
  • Interface with wafer process and product teams to integrate new process modules into advanced prototype wafer builds
  • Help assess the impact of new materials and processes on downstream head performance to drive process improvements
  • Mature baseline vacuum deposition processes to enable transfer into volume manufacturing
  • Manage the configuration, qualification and time-sharing of R&D deposition equipment systems
  • Work with deposition and metrology capital equipment suppliers to define hardware paths needed for advanced capability and manufacturability

About you:

  • PhD degree in Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Physics, or similar degree with 0-2 years industrial experience
  • You are self-motivated, able to work independently and have strong attention to detail
  • You are a team player capable of working in strong partnership with, and communicating effectively with a diverse group of engineers and technicians
  • You are a strong and well-organized multitasker, able to balance day-to-day wafer processing needs with longer-term development work
  • You are able to maintain thorough documentation of results and able to clearly discuss and present them with other staff members in engineering and management forums
  • You have a track record of innovation, with an ability to monitor outside sources (journals, patents, university work and conferences) for developing new ideas and directions
  • You are able and eager to work in a mix of clean room and laboratory environment

Your experience includes:

  • Strong hands-on experience and in-depth understanding of the materials science, deposition tools and characterization of thin films. Particular consideration will be given to backgrounds in thin film nucleation and growth, microstructural evolution, plasma physics, ion-surface interactions and surface chemistry.
  • Proficiency with statistical experimentation including DOE design and analysis
  • Prior experience with clean room operations, SPC and factory system (desirable but not required)


Our Normandale campus spans two suburbs, Edina and Bloomington, and serves as the Recording Head development and manufacturing arm of Seagate. Located in the heart of a bustling community, Seagateoffers an on-site cafe, or if you prefer, you can drive to one of many restaurants just minutes away. Need to grab a gift over lunch time Shopping is abundant in the area. If working out is your thing, the on-site fully equipped fitness center hosts wellness programs, outdoor activities, tournaments and group workouts. Looking for something more laid back Reset in one of our meditation rooms, or simply take a walk around our indoor walking path. On-site cultural festivals, celebrations and community volunteer opportunities also abound.

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'LaCie, the premium brand of Seagate technology, designs world-class storage solutions for photographers, videographers, audio professionals, and other power users. With leading technology, performance, quality, and customer support, LaCie helps you realize your creative vision. We differentiate ourselves with a focus on design, unmatched technical performance, and long-term reliability.
To better understand and serve the needs of our customers, we maintain in-house innovation centers, product-line manufacturing, and technical support. Over the past decade, we have consistently been best-in-class and first-to-market in deploying the latest innovations, from Firewire to USB to Thunderbolt™ technology.'

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