We are looking for a talented, experimental Research Associate to become a member of the Nanofabrication group within the Department of Research and Technology Development. Candidates with experience carrying out experimental work in the area of nanofabrication process development.
This is an extremely exciting opportunity to contribute to core technology at the foundation of Illumina’s products. This individual will be a key contributor to the development of the substrates and sensors used to build microfluidic devices that are utilized in Illumina’s sequencing platforms. This new team member will be responsible for contributing to the evolution of Illumina’s existing technologies as well as help pave the path for future platforms. He/She will be part of the nanofabrication team, performing experiments aimed at answering basic scientific questions and solving complex problems with a primary focus on developing new substrate formats.
• Development of new substrates, patterning methodologies and methods to manufacture those substrates; this includes working in an academic cleanroom environment (UCSD’s Nano3 facility).
• Performing basic materials characterization, such as profilometry, optical microscopy, SEM and AFM to characterize the interface between Illumina’s surface chemistry and new substrate formats.
• Perform micro- and nano-fabrication activities, including thin film deposition, spin coating of resists, photolithography, reactive ion etching, and nanoimprint lithography to fabricate proof of concept substrates.
• Operation of rapid thermal process systems for annealing substrates.
• Wet chemical etching, including buffered hydrofluoric acid and Piranha etch.