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Scientific Support Assistant Nanofabrication Laboratory (NFL)
Employer: ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences
Location: Castellefels, Barcelona, Spain
Employment Start Date: Flexible/to be discussed

Organization Description:

ICFO is a research center located in the Mediterranean Technology Park in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, and currently hosts 400+ people, including researchers, PhD students and staff personnel. Today, in its area of specialization and category, the institute is consistently ranked among the highest-quality research institutions worldwide.

ICFO’s NFL Team is responsible for managing and running the Nanofabrication Laboratory (NFL), a clean room ISO 6/7 research core facility, and the Nanocharacterization Laboratory (NCL) an advanced sample characterization facility. These labs are open to all ICFO research groups.

Job Description:

The main responsibilities for this position include (but are not limited to) the following:
• Provide nanofabrication support and assistance.
• Perform basic materials and structures characterization, such as profilometry, optical microscopy, SEM and AFM.
• Perform micro- and nano-fabrication activities, including thin film deposition, spin coating, reactive ion etching, photolithography, electron beam lithography, etc, to develop and fine tune recipes and to fabricate proof of concept samples.
• Perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance works on some laboratory tools and support equipment.
• Train users in the use of laboratory tools.
• Contact with tool suppliers and vendors regarding materials and process development, doubts and troubleshooting.
• Write and update standard operating procedures (SOPs) and fabrication recipes, and report results and changes.
• Close collaboration with the other unit members.

The NFL facility will move to the new ICFO-W building in 2020/2021; as such, responsibilities also include:
• Support in preparing, moving and installing tools in the new NFL facility, ensuring a smooth transition and keeping down times to a minimum.


The appointee will have:
• Minimum bachelor’s degree in applied Science, Engineering or similar.
• Minimum B2 English Level.
• Strong interest in process development.
• Ability to work in a fast-evolving international research environment.
• Service orientation, initiative, attention to detail, organizational commitment, team
• Strong organizational, planning and problem-solving skills.
• Strong communication skills.

Additionally, it would be considered as a plus:
• Minimum 1+ year experience in a similar position, preferably in an international
research and/or academic environment.
• Experience working in a clean room environment.
• Fundamental and hands-on knowledge of micro- and nano-fabrication technologies,
processes and tools (lithography, thin film deposition, etching, etc) and associated
metrologies and characterization techniques.

Job Application:

The formal application should be submitted online via
Suitable candidates are requested to submit:

- Presentation letter with a declaration of interest.
- Curriculum Vitae, including contact details.
Candidates should be willing to be contacted by phone during the selection process and may
contact [email protected] for formal inquiries regarding the application.
The call will remain open until suitable candidates are identified.
For updated information about ICFO, please visit

Date Posted: December 18, 2019