Silicon Austria Labs (SAL)

Junior Scientist (PhD Position) - Plasma Etch Process Development (f/m/d)

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  • Working in close collaboration with industrial partners to develop novel Plasma Etch Processes for next generation MEMS applications.
  • Wide range material characterization and plasma diagnostics techniques.
  • Process integration in micro fabrication process flows and device performance characterization.
  • Optical and electrical prototype characterization.
  • Literature reviews, grant applications, report writing, technical presentations and scientific disseminations (e.g. international conference contributions).


  • Master’s degree in Physics, Chemistry, Micro/Nano technology or related fields
  • Excellent grades
  • Good knowledge of plasma Physics/Chemistry
  • Previous Plasma Etch/CVD experience
  • Experience in micro/nano fabrication
  • High degree of hands-on ability and proven experimental skills
  • Knowledge of plasma Diagnostics Tools (OES, RFEA, MS)
  • Characterization skills (SEM, AFM, XRD, Ellipsometry/Reflectometry, Profilometry)
  • Knowledge of surface characterization techniques (XPS, Auger)
  • Knowledge of III-N materials is a plus
  • Excellent communications skills (both written and oral English)
  • Enthusiastic about developing new ideas and positive attitude towards new challenges
  • Capability to work in an independent and organized manner, produce high quality documents and respect deadlines
  • Candidates with project experience or publication in the related fields are preferred
  • Optional: Programming skills (ex: Python), CFD-ACE+, COMSOL


  • Diversified research activities with plenty of technical challenges.
  • State-of-the-art lab facilities and instruments.
  • Internal and external training opportunities for further development.
  • Home Office possible.
  • € 4 per day food allowance in restaurants or € 2 per day in supermarkets.
  • Family & kids friendly.
  • Free coffee/milk/tea & fresh fruits.

This position is subject to the Collective Agreement for employees in non-university research (Research CA) in occupational group E1. For this position, your monthly salary will be EUR 3.520, paid 14 times a year.  


The work would be performed at SAL´s new 1100 m2 R&D Cleanroom using novel dry etching CENTURA Cluster platform for plasma etching process development for next generation of piezo MEMS and integrated photonics applications.

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Junior Scientist (PhD Position) - Plasma Etch Process Development (f/m/d)
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