Characterization Technician

Thin Film Electronics is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Characterization Technician to become part of our team at our new, state-of-the-art facility in San Jose, California.

This position will be required to have specialization in one or more of the following:

  • Dual-Beam (FIB-SEM) cross-section preparation and imaging
  • Lamella preparation for STEM imaging
  • Development of sample preparation techniques
  • Use of delayering techniques including experience working with packaged parts



  • Conduct routine analytical jobs using defined procedures while meeting or exceeding cycle time and quality standard expectations. This includes SEM and STEM cross-sectioning work.
  • Actively participate in continuous improvement process; help to develop cross-sectioning techniques.
  • Support maintenance activities with vendors as needed.
  • Identify and address potential areas for improvement and optimize tool availability, cycle time, utilization and cost.
  • Complete all required reporting and documentation.
  • Understand and follow all health, safety, and environmental procedures and requirements.
  • Train new team members as requested.


Required Qualifications

  • Education – 2 Year Technical/Associates Degree in a Science, Math, Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Semiconductor Manufacturing or a related discipline or equivalent military training / experience.
  • 3 years of relevant experience in semiconductors, or manufacturing, or lab experience.
  • Language Fluency – fluent in English language – written & verbal.
  • Physical Capacity Demands – Able to follow work and safety procedures for laboratory environment.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with SEM, EDS, FIB, and materials characterization techniques
  • Experience with semiconductor manufacturing processes
  • Able to follow detailed instructions and procedures to complete tasks and required documentation; demonstrate solid work performance in an environment requiring high level of attention to detail and timeliness
  • Strong team member, able to work well with a global team, train new team members as needed and other duties as assigned; able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize activities
  • Direct experience working in an analytical laboratory, preferably related to failure analysis, materials science, or semiconductor manufacturing
  • Direct knowledge of one or more analysis methodologies used in failure analysis of semiconductor products


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