Staff Microscopy Engineer

Staff Microscopy Engineer

LaCie Seagate
8-11 years
Not Specified

Job Description

About our group:

We are the head failure analysis and microscopy characterization team within the Head Analysis and Performance Group at Seagate's R&D and Operations site in Bloomington, Minnesota. Our team consists of engineers and technicians in the failure analysis, electron microscopy, and materials characterization areas. We use high precision and high-resolution tools (such as AFM, FIB, SEM, and TEM) to support magnetic head development and production through fundamental materials characterization and root cause estimation

About the role - you will:

  • Develop failure analysis plans, analyzing results, summarizing and documenting root cause understanding, and communicating the analysis results to the stakeholders.
  • Perform various levels of designing, developing, adjusting, repairing, calibrating, and testing lab fixtures / equipment.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders in the Seagate R&D organizations
  • Prepare, characterize, and analyze materials and devices using microscopy or other lab tools (FIB, SEM, TEM, optical imaging, etc.)
  • Manage the TEM/EDS/EELS advanced analysis work to achieve customer satisfactions
  • Explore new TEM capability development to support new R&D initiatives
  • Lead new TEM tool staging and purchase with tasks involving specifications and capability assessment, vendor/model selections, sample demos, KT, justifications, purchase and service agreement negotiations, tool installation and acceptance test, etc.
  • Work with lab equipment vendors to ensure TEM equipment calibration and maintenance.
  • Document microscopy work instructions and other lab work procedures in the format of SOP or WI.

About you:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated teamwork and ability to work independently.
  • Excited, self-motivated learner.
  • Flexible working in both lab and office areas.
  • Creative problem solving.

Your experience includes:

  • Experience with materials analysis, sample characterization, and use of microscopy tools.
  • Hands on TEM operations and troubleshooting.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Physics, Material Science, Engineering or other related fields and 8+ years experience, or Master's Degree in same and 5+ years experience, or PhD and 3+ years of experience or equivalent education and experience.

You might also have:
  • Hands on experience in working with the lab staff and the tool vendors to maintain the lab equipment in good working conditions.
  • Data analysis skills such as JMP and data/result documentation with MS Office.
  • Photoshop or other image processing skills.


In response to COVID-19, this position may temporarily begin and be performed remotely. Seagate is actively evaluating the virus and our employees health and safety are our top priority. In the future, this position will report to and be performed at our Normandale campus.
Normandale, MN
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, Seagate offers 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.
Location: Normandale, United States
Travel: Up to 10%

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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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