Job Description
Req Id:  30365
Job Title:  Post Doc Research Associate Department of Physics & Astronomy
Job Description: 

Job Summary

Quantum Device Fabrication

The Quantum Semiconductor Systems Group under the direction of Prof. Michael Manfra seeks a scientist with expertise in semiconductor nanofabrication to support several projects related to the development and characterization of semiconductor and semiconductor-superconductor hybrid devices used in the study of abelian and non-abelian phases of matter and the development of topological qubits. This position focuses on innovative device fabrication for quantum technologies. Strong interest in construction of novel devices is essential. The position is funded as a post-doctoral fellowship with a minimal term of two years. Extension may be possible contingent upon future funding.

Previous hands-on experience with semiconductor device fabrication is required.  Experience working with high resolution e-beam lithography, optical lithography, atomic layer deposition; thin film metals deposition, and scanning electron microscopy are considered highly desirable.


Responsibilities include development of semiconductor device fabrication processes utilizing the cleanroom facilities of the Birck Nanotechnology Center located at Purdue University. Accurate documentation and effective communication of all procedures and results to the larger research group are essential aspects of the position. The successful candidate may be required to assist with the training of less experienced personnel in the correct operation of equipment and ‘best-practices’ in semiconductor processing.



A successful candidate should have:

  • M.S. or PhD in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, or related Engineering discipline
  • Previous hands-on experience with semiconductor device fabrication, including e-beam lithography, optical lithography, atomic layer deposition, thin film metals deposition, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy.
  • Proven ability to develop new semiconductor process steps/flows leading to significantly improved device performance and/or enabling new device types.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and good organizational skills.
  • Strong desire to work in a collaborative research program.

Interested candidates should email Professor Michael Manfra at and include a CV and a list of two potential references.

Posting Start Date:  2/13/24