University of Rochester Technical Assoc II in Rochester, New York


Time as Reported Grade 052 URNano


General Purpose:

Provides direct research and training specifically on the XPS machine and other nanofabrication tools as needed. Will be responsible for maintenance, up keeping and problem solving of problems related to the machine.

Position Summary:

Independently perform complex laboratory assignments, planning and conducting a complete project of limited scope or a portion of a larger and more diverse project. Candidate must have working knowledge of XPS machine. Details of vacuum systems and associated mechanical designs should be appreciated and understood. Should have some experience on physical vapor deposition tools, reactive ion (plasma) processing, wafer scale silicon and associated oxide processing, soft/hard contact lithography and wet chemical processing. Required to work in an environmentally controlled area (cleanroom) for periods of time. Able to work for competing industrial and university researchers while maintaining confidentiality of processes and concepts between groups. Knowledge of Intellectual property law and guidelines a plus. Interfaces as a primary trainer for the XPS machine for students (undergrad and graduate), faculty, staff and corporate user facility members.

Specific Responsibilities:

Under general guidance and with latitude for exercising independent technical judgment, performs research related activities limited in scope and complexity in a specialized field. Responsibilities include most or all of the following, as well as other related duties:

  • Works independently with only occasional suggestions in modifying, varying or adapting standard laboratory procedures to meet special needs of research projects.
  • Performs analyses and scientific data reductions by using standard methods and develops modifications of standard methods to meet special situations.
  • Searches literature for reference to technical problems involved in research projects, sometimes including literature in foreign languages; writes procedures; prepares charts, graphs and tables; and assists in the preparation of materials for publication.
  • Operates laboratory and experimental testing equipment and apparatus such as cleanroom processing tools, vacuum systems, electron microscopes and the like.
  • Conducts regular training classes for user facility members.
  • Collects, processes, classifies and catalogs nanomaterials.
  • Presents facility summaries at monthly user group meetings.
  • Teaches laboratory techniques and instrumentation procedures to students, faculty and technical support staff, and counsels them on technical problems.
  • Keeps abreast of trends in field of interest by reading professional journals and attending meetings, institutes and seminars.
  • Assure calibration of all cleanroom equipment
  • Assist with direct training and of users on tool
  • Assist with class tours and demonstrations
  • Fix, rebuild, and upgrade systems
  • Learn and deploy new techniques
  • Understand hazardous waste containment and disposal


Bachelor's degree with major course work in microelectronics/optics manufacture, and 2 years of related work experience (4 years’ experience preferred) involving direct assistance to researchers; or any equivalent combination of experience, training and education.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Job Title: Technical Assoc II

Location: The College

Job ID: 201311

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: TAR