CLAWS Senior Fabrication Engineer

Job Description

Posting Number


Internal Recruitment


Working Title

CLAWS Senior Fabrication Engineer

Anticipated Hiring Range

Commensurate with education and experience ($95,000 - $110,000)

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday; 8am-5pm; hours may vary

Job Location

Raleigh, NC



About the Department

North Carolina State University is leading the charge as the recipient of a $39.4 million award from the Department of Defense to establish the regional Microelectronics Commons regional innovation hub, Commercial Leap Ahead for Wide Bandgap Semiconductors (CLAWS). This initiative, part of the larger $238 million investment through the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) and Science Act, aims to revolutionize the field of wide bandgap semiconductors.

Hub leadership, Distinguished Professors John Muth and Fred Kish, are dedicated to the “lab to fab” journey—translating laboratory advancements into fabrication capabilities for wide bandgap semiconductors. The hub brings together a dynamic partnership with N.C. A&T State University and industry leaders, including Wolfspeed, Coherent Corp., General Electric, Bluglass, Adroit Materials, and Kyma Technologies, Inc. This collaborative effort will propel the development of semiconductors crucial for national defense, electric vehicles, power grid technologies, 5G/6G, quantum technologies, and artificial intelligence applications.

Essential Job Duties

The CLAWS Hub is looking to hire two Senior Fabrication Engineers. The key responsibilities of the Senior Fabrication Engineer will include:

  • Work in a cleanroom environment.
  • Develop standard processes using semiconductor fabrication equipment, such as lithography tools, dry etchers, and metal deposition tools.
  • Ensure that the standard processes meet the required specifications.
  • Generate Standard Operating Procedure documents for semiconductor fabrication tools.
  • Train users on fabrication tools so they can run the equipment on their own in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Interface with remote users and assist in process development.
  • Install new semiconductor fabrication tools.
  • Carry out preventative maintenance on tools to ensure they operate without interruptions
  • Troubleshoot fabrication tools to quickly identify problems
  • Work with CLAWS hardware engineer/technicians or external vendors to carry out minor repairs on tools
  • Arrange service visits for major repairs
  • Participate in safety audits to ensure fab is being operated in safe manner

Other Responsibilities

  • Perform all necessary day to day tasks required to operate a multi-user facility such as ordering and maintaining consumables inventory, contributing to housecleaning/lab organization, maintaining documentation, etc.

Minimum Education and Experience

  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Science or Engineering discipline
  • Three or more years of experience working with semiconductor fabrication in a university, government, or industry cleanroom

Other Required Qualifications

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and solid interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Must be able to work independently as well as make positive team contributions
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with all levels of personnel
  • Must be able to operate tools in the facility and train users to use the equipment independently
  • Must be comfortable working with semiconductor fabrication equipment, such as lithography tools, dry etchers, and metal deposition tools
  • Must be comfortable working with students
  • Must be comfortable working safely with chemicals
  • Must be comfortable working safely with compressed gas cylinders
  • Eligibility to obtain clearance upon request of the US government.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Science and Engineering discipline
  • Five or more years of experience working with semiconductor fabrication in a university, government, or industry cleanroom

Required License(s) or Certification(s)


Valid NC Driver's License required


Commercial Driver's License required


Job Open Date


Anticipated Close Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should upload their resume, cover letter, and full contact information for three professional references.

Position Number


Position Type

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Department ID

140110 - CLAWS


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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