Electrical Engineer or Physicist -- Molecular Beam Epitaxial Growth and Material Characterization

Job Description

The engineer will be a team contributor to the Air Force Research Laboratories Advanced Electro-Optical Space Sensors (AEOSS) group and will design, simulate, grow, characterize, and evaluate semiconductor material systems grown using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). The selected individual will support efforts spanning from basic research and development of novel material systems to fabrication and evaluation of device-level structures. The engineer will have two main responsibilities; (1) operating the MBE system to produce infrared sensor materials of interest to the Air Force and (2) characterizing the structural and optoelectronic properties of these and other samples being investigated by the AEOSS group.

Essential Functions: 

  • - Operating the molecular beam epitaxy system, specifically,

  • -- Keeping detailed logs of calibrations, growth, and maintenance tasks

  • -- Carrying out consistent and careful measurements of MBE system fluxes and upkeep of accurate

  • -- Writing and executing growth recipes to produce samples

  • -- Aiding team members in developing structures that can be grown successfully

  • -- General day-to-day, week-to-week maintenance of the system to ensure longevity of equipment

  • -- Participation in major MBE maintenance wherein the chamber is vented and major pieces
      of equipment are repaired/replaced

  • - Characterization of infrared materials and device structures, specifically,

  • -- Structural characterization of materials by reflection high-energy electron diffraction, X-ray
      diffraction, and optical microscopy techniques

  • -- Optical characterization of materials by steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence,
      time-resolved microwave reflectance, and spectroscopic ellipsometry

  • -- Device characterization techniques: dark and photo current-voltage, spectral photoresponse,
      capacitance-voltage, deep-level-transient spectroscopy, and noise spectrums

  • - Generation of PowerPoint presentations and reports detailing key research findings

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • - Master’s or Ph.D. degree in relevant discipline (electrical engineering, materials engineering,
      physics, etc.) from an accredited university

  • - Proficiency with at least one computation software (such as MATLAB) and at least one graphing
      software (such as Origin, excluding Excel)

  • - At least three (3) years of experience working in a laboratory setting

  • - Electrical circuit testing, ultra-high vacuum system, and troubleshooting experience

  • - Semiconductor material and device physics

  • - Identification of required support equipment and infrastructure items

  • - Good organizational skills and ability to work independently, seeking support from team
      members when required

  • - All work is to be done in a laboratory environment

  • - U.S. Person able to obtain and maintain a DoD clearance


  • - Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from an accredited university with more than five (5)
      years of experience with ultra-high vacuum and/or epitaxial systems experience

  • - Current Secret DoD Clearance or higher

Primary Location: Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM

Travel: Yes, as required

ATA is an EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability employer. Please send all resumes, including cover letters, to Human Resources at Applied Technology Associates, 1300 Britt Street SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123.  You may also fax them to (505) 998-2397, or e-mail them to  PLEASE REFER TO DOCKET No. ATA20180511.

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